View Poll Results: 1x11 or 2x10

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    been thinking.... xtr 2x10 or xo 1x11? your opinion?

    so I have been running a 1x10 set up for the last year, it works amazing. I have no issues with the gearing what so ever, and once I switched to a narrow wide chain ring from race face, no chain problems.

    There are those times on long steep climbs where having some extra gearing would help to spin a bit easier. Last year when I went and raced at Sea otter, thats where I noticed it would help a bit more. so it got me thinking, and the first thought was oh ill go 2x10 but, then I started thinking about the new xo1 1x11, I would just need the shifter, rear and cassette... little cheaper than I can get the xtr for...

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    My buddies Stache 8 has the 2 X 10 crank set, he is extremely happy with the performance in all aspects! He's got me considering switching from my Shimano Deore XT, 42/32/24 to the 2 X 10
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    1X10 cheap, reliable, not front D, and plenty of gear choices.
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    been thinking.... xtr 2x10 or xo 1x11? your opinion?

    Since you're on 1x10, you're well aware of the benefits of the 1x systems. Personally, I'd never go back to a 2x or 3x system, and the only upgrade I'd consider is 1x11. If you have the cash, I'd definitely go with the 1x11. I'm curious, why are you even considering the 2x? A need for quick large jumps in ratio?

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    How about having a spare chainring for those nasty climbing trails and races? Keep everything as-is, buy a new RaceFace ring for about $40.

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    been thinking.... xtr 2x10 or xo 1x11? your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by westin View Post
    How about having a spare chainring for those nasty climbing trails and races? Keep everything as-is, buy a new RaceFace ring for about $40.
    That's what I do. I use my 28t for tough climbs, and 32t for the other 80% of my riding. I don't switch it often cuz it's a pain in the arse, but by far the cheapest alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Since you're on 1x10, you're well aware of the benefits of the 1x systems. Personally, I'd never go back to a 2x or 3x system, and the only upgrade I'd consider is 1x11. If you have the cash, I'd definitely go with the 1x11. I'm curious, why are you even considering the 2x? A need for quick large jumps in ratio?
    I just run out of low range gearing on long climbs... I know I will get stronger but, it would be nice to conserve some energy on those longer climbs when I am grinding away. Some steep climbs, I end up spinning out because I dont have a low enough gear to just spin up it... thats the reason for the thought of 2x.

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    Some advice to you when I started to use 1x10 with 3 months ago I was struggling with steep long climb . That time I was using 36t. I changed it to 32T its perfect for climbing and bombarding descent. I won't go back to 2x10 because 1x10 is simple to use and no chain derailment.

    Sram xx1 or x01 seems pretty good option however its pricey and the crank arm is made of carbon, which usually the crank arm doesn't last compared to allow. Also you have to change your rear hub that is additional cost.

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    Another thing improve your endurance by riding a rode bike and do more leg workout in the gym.

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    I have used 2x10 XTR 3 seasons for now, but 1x10 seems very attractive.
    Those who are using 1x10, what are your average speeds on races? I looked mine and my averages are 22-28km/h. Those are XC marathons with some short climbs.
    I´m planning 34T up front and 11-36 cassette.
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    30-65 km/hr. Using a 32T.

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    I run a 32 t up front currently... maybe ill just buy a smaller ring.

    I think I have 11/36 rear cassette right now.... do they make a larger for ten speed???

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    I had the option of xt or XO1 and went with the XO1 since it was the same price build

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    Xo1 cassette is very expensive it cost around $400 compared to xt. Go for 2x10 you have more selection in gearing. Livery useful when climbing uphill.

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    Just put a X01 cassette on it & run the 1st 10 gears, Just keep your shifter & derailleur.

    I have done this on a couple of bikes & it has worked fine.

    At a later stage if you feel the need put the X01 shifter & derailleur on & run all 11 gears.
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    thats actually a cool idea... thanks!

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    been thinking.... xtr 2x10 or xo 1x11? your opinion?

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    The lemmings have spoken.
    God forbid people recommending something they like...

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    I have set all my XC bikes as 2x10 and love it, I rarely ever use the granny gear but it is there when the hill is long and steep.
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    Okay I finished 1st stage of cape to cape competition in westerns australia that runs for 4 days. I was using a 32t by 11-36. I was a bit struggling with 1km technical steep climb. No problems with flat or dh trails section. The max speed that I am doing for climbing that technical steep hill was 5-8km/hr. While flat/dh 30-60 kph.

    Most probably I will have to drop my front ring to 30t after this race.

    There are some guys here using xx1. It's funny, I left them behind even though they got more selection of gears.

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    Bigger cogs mean slower times.

    I have gotten so much faster since I went from 3x9 to 1x9, it forces your legs to get stronger. There are still places I wish I had the 22 in the front, but for the majority of trails the 30 is great.

    I do like the idea of the 1x11 though, but I what I really wish one of the companies would come out with is a 8 speed 11-42 cassette, us non-racers don't need all the in-between gears, but would do very well with a thicker chain!

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    [QUOTE=rave81;10767595

    There are some guys here using xx1. It's funny, I left them behind even though they got more selection of gears.[/QUOTE]

    Did you win ???

    Or is there a chance that someone in front of you may have had XX1 as well ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    God forbid people recommending something they like...

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    @muzzanic most of the guys I front of me are using 2x10. The winner of that staged was using a 2x10 xtr setup. I didn't win the race I was on 84th place out of 200 participates.

    So if you are really fit go for 1x10/ 1x11 setup. However if you are just average or weekend warrior go for 2x10 xt since you'll save huge amount of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    Okay I finished 1st stage of cape to cape competition in westerns australia that runs for 4 days. I was using a 32t by 11-36. I was a bit struggling with 1km technical steep climb. No problems with flat or dh trails section. The max speed that I am doing for climbing that technical steep hill was 5-8km/hr. While flat/dh 30-60 kph.

    Most probably I will have to drop my front ring to 30t after this race.

    There are some guys here using xx1. It's funny, I left them behind even though they got more selection of gears.
    Proof again that its more about the motor, not the bike or gears.

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    The real benefit I see in going 1x11 is being able to run a bigger front ring than I do with my 11-34 cassette.

    I cant get much speed on the straight-aways which has stopped me from making a few jumps at Mammoth, there's one at the base of the Kamikaze, a big step up, that I've yet to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    @muzzanic most of the guys I front of me are using 2x10. The winner of that staged was using a 2x10 xtr setup. I didn't win the race I was on 84th place out of 200 participates.

    So if you are really fit go for 1x10/ 1x11 setup. However if you are just average or weekend warrior go for 2x10 xt since you'll save huge amount of money.
    I am well up with the play with 2x10 setups, I still have 3 bikes with it.

    I also have 2 bikes with 1x11 & 1 bike with 1x10.

    I really like the 1x11 much more, However it is a case of what works better for the rider in the area they ride.

    The op already ride 1x10 & just wants a little more gear range & some of the options given are good ones.

    Note; you don't have to be really fit to run 1x11, Just smart enough to run the right ring up front.
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    Do you need a special hub for the xx1/x01 cassette to able to accommodate it. In my knowledge you must use a dt Swiss hub with conjunction of the free hub, is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    Do you need a special hub for the xx1/x01 cassette to able to accommodate it. In my knowledge you must use a dt Swiss hub with conjunction of the free hub, is this correct?
    There are many hubs that have an XD free hub option to run the XX1 or X01.

    But not all hubs will fit them.
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    been thinking.... xtr 2x10 or xo 1x11? your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    How's the shifting with these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    How's the shifting with these?
    I want to know this also.

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    Budget XX1
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    I want to know this also.

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    I like the XX1, but I also like Shimano. Tough choice, but in the end, my instinct for full range quality came through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    How's the shifting with these?
    Quote Originally Posted by shugarbear View Post
    I want to know this also.


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    been thinking.... xtr 2x10 or xo 1x11? your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Do a search plenty of reviews, Google is your friend
    Gee, it never occurred to me to Google it. /s

    Figured since you brought it up you might have some first hand experience with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Gee, it never occurred to me to Google it. /s

    Figured since you brought it up you might have some first hand experience with it.
    nope, it's in my plans for the future, not spending the money on the XX1.
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    All the reviews for the general lee make it sound like a waste of money.

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    I went XX1 on my new build and I will never go to a 2x system again.
    The XX1 just works so good and has all the benefits of no noise, no dropped chain, no chain guide , easier pedaling no ft derailleur .

    The poll shows 68% for XX1 .......guys know a good thing when they ride it !

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    It depends on what type of trail are you riding. If there no long steep technical climb go for 1x10/1x11, but if you are always riding on a trail with long steep technical climb to for 2x10. Coz you can rest you legs while climbing that hill then you could go faster in descend with 38t or 40t.

    Personally I find the 32T or 34T not enough for descending fast.

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    Two things. Yo don't have to go XX1 and even if you do, you dont have to use their crank.

    1. Wolf Tooth Chainrings also make front XX1 like chainrings for your old crank.

    2. If you use a SRAM crank (X9, XO, XX) you can get a direct mount spider with teeth down to 26t from Wolftooth.

    So, what rave81 said about cimbing is true if you go XX1 30t or higher, but you can make the bike more climbable using a WolfTooth direct mount. Get a 26t or 28t and you are gretting those climbing gears.

    I am getting over surgery and the climbs where I live in VT tend to be steep and sustained. Not like the longer groomers out West where you can hammmer mid cassette. I just got a new XT 2x10 set up and there was no way I was scrapping it for a $1200 XX1 setup.

    So, don't be afraid of the 30T+ rings of XX1. You don't have go there nor do you have to go XX1. You could go 1x10 and do alright. Sure, I don't get much power when things flatten out, but so much of my riding is NOT flat that is doesn't matter.

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