2018 Trek Fuel EX 8:
Which Drive Train is for You?
The question between 2x and 1x mountain bike drive trains (referring to the number of rings you have up front with your crank) is almost as big as trying to answer whether the chicken or the egg came first, especially when they are the same price, but don't fret! We asked the experts and came up with some compare and contrast pointers to help you decide which is best for you. Come in and test ride both today.
This bike is for you if:
- The term, "less is more," does not appeal to you. A fine-tuned, two-part system that offers more gears for everything is music to your ears.
- Your range is complex. You need the highs and the lows and everything in-between, but with a little more emphasis on the efficiency and smoothness of those in-between gears.
- You go on (or might want to go on) bonk-worthy rides. The 2x system is a favorite for anyone looking for the peace of mind of knowing that pushing outside of their comfort zone is a little easier with more gears.
- You don't mind a little gear overlap. With any front & back gear system, there is destined to be some overlap in gear ratios, but your payoff is a broader, smoother range.
- You might want to convert... to a 1x, that is. Shimano's cranks can be converted to a 1x11 should the need arise!
This bike is for you if:
- You appreciate simplicity. Eliminating a front derailleur could save you a lot of headaches!
- You still need the range. This wide range cassette gives you the lowest of lows and the highest of highs, especially with the large jump to the 50-tooth big ring.
- You ride diverse terrain, but have no need for the in-between gears or extra parts of a 2x11.
- It's more beginner friendly, especially if you're learning to use a dropper post. With one less thing to focus on, it frees up your left hand for your dropper lever.
- You want to know exactly how many gears you have. You have 12. No overlap. No math. Just 12. (Back to the point of appreciating simplicity.)
Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle, 12 speed
Front Derailleur: None!
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle, Roller Bearing Clutch
Crank: SRAM Descendant 6k Eagle, 32T Direct Mount X-Sync
Cassette: SRAM XG-1275, 10-50, 12 speed
Brakeset: SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc
Chain: SRAM GX Eagle
Shifters: Shimano Deore XT M8000, 11 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX M7020
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M8000, Shadow Plus
Crank: Shimano Deore XT, 36/26
Cassette: Shimano SLX M7000, 11-42, 11 speed
Brakeset: Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc
Chain: Shimano HG60