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More Gearing Questions - SRAM specific
I know nothing about SRAM. I currently have my first SRAM equipped bike (Trek Boone 5 Disc) which has a SRAM Rival 1 medium cage rear derailleur (1x). I have compatible long cage derailleur as well. I plan to go up to a 44 or 46 in the front and run either an 11-36 or an 11-42 in the back. I can run both of those cassettes with the long cage, but only the smaller one with the medium cage.
Let's assume I ultimately decide to stick with the 11-36 which is the stated max for the medium cage and stated min for the long cage - is there any advantage then to going with the long or short? Bike will be used for some gravel and CX if that matters.