Unbound gravel race recap

When I was choosing to go 1x or 2x, the 1x just took less effort over a longer ride

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Yep, when I used to race XCM MTB races, I used trigger shifters for the rear and a sram grip shift for the front derailleur, after 5 hours or so my thumb lost all strength to push the front derailleur, whereas with the grip shift I could use my whole arm. It’s only as the races get longer that small things like this start to matter. Definitely a reason to consider electronic shifting or 1x.