I bought a new bike that has:
- 11-speed SRAM NX cassette.
- Single chainwheel: 36 SRAM NX teeth
- 11 / 42 cog.
- KMC X11 chain with quick-release.
- Rear derailleur: SRAM NX 11-speed.
- Anti-derailment ring.
When doing my first ride, I tested all speeds and on the highest one (the one where the chain is on the largest plate in the cassette = the configuration for step hills) I see that the chain is really pushed away from the plane of the front plate:
Is this acceptable and expected? I do not plan to use that configuration ever (my concern is rather on the other side = not having enough resistance on flat roads or going down, I do not have any hills that would be that steep).
I understand that there are no miracles but was rather concerned about the wear of the chain when using that configuration (it pushes perpendicularly to the teeth), and the general sturdiness of this solution.