Ridden: SRAM's XX1 Drivetrain - Simply Incredible

We're not jerking you around when we say that SRAM's new XX1 system is something you absolutely MUST try. After just one ride we were sold. The overall impact it has on a bike is truly astounding. In this slideshow we dive into some details about XX1 that you likely don't already know, as well as the major reasons why we loved it. We sincerely hope that the system maintains the surprising level of performance after several months of use, and plan to bring you a long term review once it's available. - Photos by Dave Trumpore
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  • gerrycreighton

    8/27/2012 7:12 AM

    They talk about not having to use a chain guide and that they didn't drop a chain. Did you see the video? That chain was whipping all over the place, if he had pedaled it would have been off. Time would be lost for sure getting that chain put on if you're in the middle of an enduro race.

  • davetrumpore

    8/27/2012 11:14 AM

    @theranch, the only reason I wasn't pedaling was because my foot would hit the gopro. 11 people rode jumped, pedaled, etc from Top of the World to No Joke, Parts of the Grabanzo DH, and A Line without a single issue. And Trust me, we tried to get it to come off.

    So I am not too sure your above statement is accurate. SRAM did their homework on this one.

  • gerrycreighton

    8/27/2012 12:54 PM

    Ok... I'm just commenting on what I saw. I would hope that this system works like it was described, I would like to upgrade to something like this from the 1x10 setup I'm running now.

  • bturman

    8/26/2012 3:22 PM

    Food for thought - if a medium length cage X-Horizon derailleur can accommodate a 10-42 tooth cassette, a very compact derailleur could likely handle a typical road cassette used in DH/4X/DS/DJ/slopestyle applications. Clearance anyone?

  • Acadian

    8/26/2012 4:32 AM

    So that what manufacture is currently making that XD driver body?

  • bturman

    8/26/2012 3:18 PM

    As far as I know, either SRAM and DT Swiss. Others will likely be available soon.

  • Dwdrums00

    8/26/2012 10:19 PM

    SRAM, DT Swiss and Mavic. I believe the high end roval wheels are also compatible since they use DT Swiss internals. (i.e. the 2013 specialized enduro carbon complete.)

  • iceman2058

    8/26/2012 1:12 AM

    Just when you thought RD tech had been pushed as far as it would go (with clutches, shadow, 10-sp, and all that), along comes this. Love the way they've re-engineered the rear deraileur movement, clever chaps those Germans eh? Seems the whole system is really really usable. I was excited about the 9-36t cassette supposedely on the way from Hope, but this system takes everything to another level. Been dreaming of a 1x system that would still winch my beast up a hill, looks like this is definitely it. And the chainmanagement over the rough terrain looked unbelievably good in that clip - without a guide!

    Climbing will still be a bit harder than on my current 2x9, with an 11-34t cassette and a 22/36 chainring combo. with XX1, I'd still have to run a 32T ring up front to get the same development in the top gear, which means climbing on a 32/42 gear combo....a bit taller than my current lowest gear which is 22/34...but hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?

    Anyway, as usual - Xmas can't get here soon enough!

  • Roots_rider

    8/25/2012 11:07 PM

    1.25" Steer tubes, 35mm bars, 650b,1x11..... Wonder what's going to still be around in a couple of years. Lots of new stuff hitting the market right now.

    I see 650b and this staying. Not so sure about the first two though.

    Forgot, electric controls for rear shocks as well, and perhaps DI2 will make its way into MTB

  • loganskis

    9/18/2012 7:56 AM

    35mm bars are tits. I put a set of havoc carbon bars on my dh rig and the difference is huge, even over the haven carbon bars. i bet they stay around. i'd put another pair on a different bike thats for sure

  • commanderagl

    8/25/2012 8:10 PM

    makes you wonder what Shimano will come up with in order to keep up.

  • Big Bird

    8/26/2012 10:16 AM

    They have a new patent on a 14 speed cassette.