By Vernon Felton
In a nod to the Secret antiperspirant ads from the 1970 and `80s (Strong enough for a man, but PH-balanced for a woman!), SRAM recently unveiled its new X0-level hub, which they claim is “light enough for XC, but strong enough for All-Mountain.”
The versatile X0 hub boasts a speedy 6.9 degree engagement and is available in both XD and conventional 10-speed driver body versions. Weight? You’re looking at 130 grams (front) and 250 grams (rear). The 3D forged hub shell features angled flanges, which SRAM claims help reduce the risk of broken spokes. The X0 hub is available in both 28 and 32 spoke-hole versions–in other words, this thing plays nice with both 1X and multi-chainring set-ups.
As for the rolling bits, you’re looking at standard, radial cartridge bearings, which require no preload adjustments. The hubs are easily converted (sans tools) from old-school, quick release to 142×12-thru axle. No DH version is available as of yet. Speaking of availability, you should expect to see these things in bike shops come December.