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So my CX/Gravel bike currently has 1x with a 44 up front and 11-28 (11 sp) in the rear. I was thinking of converting it back to 2x with a 50/34 up front for Gravel, but honestly I am not sure I am gaining/losing much by keeping it 1x year round. I'd keep the 1x for CX season as it seems not having a front mech to muck up is better. My only two Gravel races on calendar so far for 2019 are the Almonzo 100 and Gravel Worlds. No clue on the Almonzo, but Gravel Worlds will be about 75 miles and 6-7,000 feet of punchy rollers. Most my local gravel riding is rolling terrain with a few punchy, short climbs mixed in. Any thoughts?
I have the front derailleur still so my only cost is a new chain and crankset which can be had for a reasonably low price since I am not a Ultegra/DA snob. 105/used is good enough.