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NEWS: SRAM Announces Direct Mount Chainrings

SRAM has announced the release of direct-mount, spiderless chainrings. While their current model X9, X0, X1, X01, and XX1 cranks have been capable of accepting direct-mount rings since their inception (dating back to 2010 for X9 and X0), SRAM has been relatively slow to produce the accompanying rings.

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Gallery: Tales from the 2014 Taipei International Cycle Show

03.12.2014

The Taipei International Cycle Show is about more than handshakes and the ritual exchange of business cards. It's also about zombie metal and breastfeeding.

New Zealand Trail House: SRAM X01 DH

03.04.2014

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.

Bike Magazine Launches New Bible of Bike Tests Mini Site

01.29.2014

Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine's annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our 'Roundtable Reels' discussions of 34 of this year's best bikes.

Preview: The XX1 Hack

01.23.2014

Can you create an affordable alternative to SRAM's impressive XX1 single-ring drivetrain (an XX1 hack, if you will)? And would it actually offer XX1-level performance? We're about to find out.

Tested: Ten Months On SRAM XX1

11.28.2013

After nearly a year on the trails with the SRAM XX1 drivetrain, we give a thorough appraisal of its long-term performance.

Tested: Xpedo Spry Flat Pedals

11.02.2013

With their sticker price of just $70, Xpedo's new Spry flat pedals are one of the more affordable, lightweight flat pedals on the market. We've been bashing on these a bit and have some thoughts on both the pros and cons of the wallet-friendly pedal.

First Impressions: Blackspire Sub4 Pedals

10.21.2013

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.

First Impressions: SRAM X01

08.15.2013

Spoiler alert: it's pretty much the same as XX1, but you should read this anyway.

News: SRAM Debuts X01

08.01.2013

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.

Tested: HT AE03 Pedals

07.31.2013

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.

Tested: Chromag Scarab Pedals

07.18.2013

These are definitely not another pair of catalogue pedals. Designed from the ground up by Chromag's head brain, Ian Ritz, the Scarab is a high-end option for the discerning flat pedal rider.

Tested: Straitline Silent Guide

06.24.2013

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, […]

News: SRAM 7-Speed Drivetrain

06.09.2013

There is no official word from SRAM at this point but we did track down Jon Cancellier, Blackbox's man on the ground, and squeezed some information out of him.

Tested: Twenty6 Predator Flat Pedals

06.06.2013

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.

News: SRAM Gets All Fat

02.23.2013

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.

Video: XX1 Chapter 3–Cross Country

12.10.2012

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...

Video: XX1 Chapter 2–Enduro

11.16.2012

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) […]

New DH Parts from Interbike

09.26.2012

Here's a look at some of the interesting downhill related parts on the Interbike show floor this year. The new Suntour Rux fork, Gravity and Enve's carbon DH bars, and more were among the standout parts.

Test Ride: XX1: SRAM’s Single-Ring Group

09.18.2012

Simplicity, reliability and surprising versatility...SRAM's new single-ring XX1 group has more to offer than you might have guessed.

SRAM’s XX1 1×11 Group: New Details Emerge

07.02.2012

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 […]

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