We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year’s most promising gear.
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 […]
Source: SRAM Here are some details from SRAM on its new X0 downhill crank and derailleur: Truvativ X0 10-Speed DH Crank • The world’s first Carbon DH crank weighs just 750g, including Bottom Bracket (GXP83, 165mm, 36 ring) • Lightest single ring available is made of 7075 CNC alloy, 34, 36, or 38 teeth • […]
By: Kevin Rouse Last week the folks at Shimano took the time to herd a group of journalists around Lake Tahoe and let us get our hands on the 2012 Deore XT M780 groupset for the first time. While first impressions aren’t everything, we can definitely say we were quite pleased. In fact, nearly all […]
Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Anthony Smith and Ryan LaBar Video: Ryan LaBar Acros showed up to this year’s Sea Otter with quite the shocker–a fully hydraulic shifter and derailleur system dubbed A-GE. The A-GE kit comes in about 175-grams lighter than Shimano’s XTR system. It’s not cheap though–the full kit will run you somewhere about […]
Words By Lydia Tanner For the first time, SRAM is offering a complete collection of parts. Operating under the X7 moniker, the setup was created for mid level XC, DH, and freeriders- or anyone who doesn’t have a professional paycheck at their disposal. First and foremost, SRAM X7 features a 2×10 drivetrain, which echoes SRAM’s […]
Over the past few years there has been a trend in the mountain bike industry to make platform pedals as thin as possible, and as light as possible. Momentum Bicycle has taken that concept to the next level with their FlyPaper pedals. Weighing in at just 351 grams and measuring just 3.7 millimeters thick, these […]
TRUVATIV NOIR 3.3 TEAM CRANKS $386 312-664-8800; SRAM.COM The life of a crankset isn’t an easy one. Nearly all the forces applied to the bike by the rider must travel through cranks, which also get bashed, quite unapologetically, into rocks, roots, or worse. It’s noteworthy then when a major manufacturer designs a crankset out of […]
WHAT: White Industries ENO Singlespeed Components HOW MUCH: See individual reviews for prices WHERE: www.whiteind.com After a mid-nineties frenzy of pumping out high-zoot parts, the CNC machines at White Industries ran silent for a while. Then, a couple years ago, sensing a whole subculture with a unique set of needs just waiting for some shiny […]