XX1, SRAM’s dedicated single ring 11-speed drivetrain debuted at Crankworx 2012 and it has proven to be a smart, rider-focused drivetrain solution that has captured the attention of a lot of mountain bikers, despite its high cost. Last summer SRAM announced X01, a slightly less expensive 1 x 11 group. It’s expected that the technology will eventually trickle down to lower price points, allowing it to become attainable for even more riders, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that. The February SRAM camp in Queenstown, New Zealand was all about downhill.
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The Sub4 is built beefy; "Le brick sh@thouse" is the French term, if I’m not mistaken. It’s part and parcel of the North Shore-based company’s mission to build bullet-proof parts right there on Canadian soil. Here's our first impressions on Blackspire's all-mountain pedals.
What sets X01 apart from its slightly pricier sibling? Why should you even care when you’ve probably spent years shifting a front derailleur and never thought, “Man, what I need right now is some way to just rid myself of that thing that makes climbing hills easy!” Fair questions. Here are some answers.
The first thing you notice about the EVO flat pedal is that it is freakishly thin. At a mere 11 millimeters at their thickest point, these things give you a hell of a lot more clearance than you average flat pedal—a huge plus if you live and ride amongst the roots and rocks or if you (like me) favor bikes with low bottom brackets.
By Seb Kemp Photo by Anthony Smith Straitline Silent Guide Price: $168 straitlinecomponents.com I love this product for the same reason I hate It. You see, I put one on my bike 14 months ago and in that time it did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not once did I have to care for it, pamper it, […]
There’s plenty of real estate to play around on here and the clearance is excellent—shorn pins notwithstanding. The traction pins are well distributed and the body is nicely concave. Weight—with aluminum pins and titanium spindles—is an impressive 340 grams.
at bikes—they’re either the coolest thing on earth or the dumbest trend to ever waddle its way through the back door of the party. The folks at SRAM, however, are clearly erring on the “Yay!" side of the debate, as evidenced by the recent announcement that the company is now offering two new fat-friendly cranksets.
SRAM has always maintained that XX1 is not intended to be a weight-weenie's solution to changing gears. That said, it also happens to be 200 grams lighter than the company's anorexic XX group, so yeah, it's going to appeal to cross-country types. But there's still more to this story...
By Vernon Felton When SRAM debuted their XX1 single-ring drivetrain, they made it clear from day one that XX1 wasn’t being targeted at any single group of riders. Sure, it made immediate sense to XC racers, but the allure of a less complicated drivetrain (and, potentially, one that results in fewer or no dropped chains) […]
By Vernon Felton By now, you probably know that SRAM is rolling out an 11-speed, single-ring group called XX1. If not, check out this story. Today, SRAM revealed a few more details about the new group, which they believe will appeal to both enduro and cross-country racing types. If you’re still grappling with the whole […]
By Ryan LaBar There are few places that’ll beat down and test bike parts faster and harder than the Whistler Bike Park. I spent three days riding Shimano’s new Saint M820 group in the park, with conditions ranging from dry and dusty to sopping wet. Shimano deviated from its normal three-year release cycle with the […]