Are single-ring chainsets the future?

Could the simplicity and low weight of a 1x set-up outweigh its flaws? Quieter, more secure, lighter — these are just some of the praises our dirt-riding brethren have been singing about single-ring set-ups

(Image credit: LaPresse/ Fabio Ferrari)

On the road, 2018 looked like it could be a revolutionary year for the single ring, with Aqua Blue Sport racing aboard the one-by specific 3t Strada aero bike.

But does news of Aqua Blue Sport folding, and the criticisms made by British rider Adam Blythe of the single ring setup signal the end of one-by on the road or just in the pro-peloton? Cycling Weekly decided to look into the potential of going single ring specific.

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