I’ve got a steel gravel/all-road bike (Otso Warakin) that came with Apex and some HEAVY DT Swiss wheels. I’ve upgraded the wheels to November All-Roads w/ White Industries hubs—awesome wheels. And replaced the crank with a Quarq D-zero carbon.
So the derailleur (it’s a 1x) is Apex, the shifters are Apex, and the brakes are mechanical Avid BB7.
Wanted to get thoughts on the following:
- Any benefit besides weight upgrading to Rival and/or Force derailleur and shifters (staying mechanical)?
- I’ve been pretty happy with the Avid mechanical brakes. How big of an improvement would hydraulic be?
- It would be a big cost, but also considering the “mullet” option of Force AXS shifters with and Eagle derailleur? I’m not clear whether this would require the hydraulic brake upgrade or not.
- finally, could go with Force AXS and switch to a 2x (the Quarq crank works for both 1x and 2x)
Anyone with experience with any of these setups or thoughts on the different approaches (besides the obvious increasing costs moving from option 1 to option 4)? I haven’t really considered GRX because I really like the Quarq crank and PM and my understanding is the you have to use a GRX crank with GRX.