Frankly, when we built this bike and the SRAM mechanic told me that I would be just fine with one chain ring (54) on the front for a course like Ironman Lanzarote I wasn’t sure if he knew what he was talking about or if he just hit too many granite walls freeriding but there I stood with the SRAM Force 1x ready to try out what everybody seems to love on the MTB but oddly enough doubt on the road or tt bike.