I currently have a 1x8 setup on my bike, and am considering upgrading the cassette to an 11-speed. I've also been looking at replacement chainrings as I've seen that they also come in 8-speed, 11-speed, etc. varieties. However, looking more deeply into the subject I'm starting to wonder if the speed rating is relevant in a 1x setup.
Am I right in thinking that:
- all chains, regardless of speed rating, have the same internal width? In which case an 11-speed chain should fit on my 8-speed chainring just fine, right?
- the speed rating of the chainring generally refers to the shape to make shifting between chainrings easier? i.e the rings are narrower to fit better and the teeth are shaped slightly differently to make shifting smoother.
Assuming I'm right with those two assumptions, is it not then true that any 1x chainring will work with any speed cassette/chain?