The all-NEW 2017 SCALE MOUNTAIN BIKES when launched last year had a host of new developments and improvements on an already solid XC class leading hardtail line up from SCOTT. With the ever-changing bicycle technology scene, and the regular innovations that we see in the bicycle industry, we saw the dawn of the single chain ring setup from SRAM in the form of their increasingly 1X drive trains in 2016. In 2017, we saw this being implemented on the already popular Scale range in India – thus giving rise to the NEW Scale 765 2017 bike.
The popular notion in the eyes of a first time MTB buyer is – ‘more the number of gears = better the bike’. It was for long the right way to go ahead and put the money on the table for your first MTB, but with the advent of SRAMs 1X drive train configuration, this theory has taken a new angle. We will explain why!
The number of gears on the back-cassette sprocket will hold to the theory that ‘more the no of gears = better the bike’. However, things get a bit different when applying the same theory on the front chain ring/s. MTBs used to have 3 chain rings as standard. This changed with bigger wheels and the requirement of lower gearing, and the 3 chain rings gave way to 2 chain rings, without losing out on rideability. During the same period, the rear cassette sprockets were growing from 8-speeds to 9-speeds to 10-speeds and so on. Now there is even a 12-speed cassette sprocket! With the increasing number of gears on the back, the single chain ring setup received a positive response and as of today is a popular setup being offered to riders who wish to lose the ‘extra‘chain ring in the front and thereby make do without a front derailleur and the front shifter mechanism altogether. This disappearance of the front chain ring therefore reduces the weight of the overall bike, and also gives the bike manufacturers some more space (quite literally!) to design their frames around the front wheel as there is no need to accommodate the front derailleur on the 1X setup. This in-turn results in other supplemental increments in the overall frame strength and stiffness at the bottom bracket shell area.
So then, ‘is the 1X better that the 2 configuration?’ is your question, but then this post is not for answering the question. This post is to tell you that the double chain ring setup offers certain features which are preferred by certain riders, whilst the simplicity of the 1X setup is preferred by certain others. The choice is in your hands.
At our end, we have the Scale 765 in the SRAM 1X setup and the Scale 760 in the Shimano 2 chain ring setup, for you to check out and make your choice!