I’ve got a ’16 Charge Plug with Claris stuff, most of which is near the end of its life. It’s my commuter, pretty flat round here, and I value simplicity, so is there any reason I can’t replace the chainset with a cheapish 1x MTB one? Providing I can find a suitable sized ring?
I’ve got a similar aged one, it’ll work fine. It’s a 68mm shell so will need 3 spacers for an MTB crank instead of 1 for the road crank, if you’re running a hollow tech bottom bracket. I’ve got an XT BB and SLX cranks on mine at the moment.