by Dave Anderson
May 25, 2009
So I’m currently roasting in Tuscany on the Sram XX launch, but the opportunity of shade and internet access is too good to turn down. So here’s the speil and my first thoughts on Sram’s new offering.
So Sram XX is Sram’s first groupset consisting of Gears, Brakes and suspension. Fast shifting and saving weight are obviously the aim of a race orientated groupset and XX see’s the introduction of 2×10 to loose overlapping gears.
A nice touch is the use of Torx T25 bolts throughout making trailside adjustments simple.
Trigger shifter – 183g
Rear Derailleur – 181g
Cranks – 694g
Brakes – 291.5g
Cranks are available in either Pressfit 30 or GXP, with a Q factor of 165mm, and you can choose from 26-39/ 28-42 or 30-45 chainring combinations. The XX cassette has the option of 11-32 or 11-36. All that can be matched to a choice of Sid XX, Reba XX or Revelation XX with the addition of X-Loc hydraulic lockout that integrates into the lever using Sram’s MatchMaker X adapters.
At least there’s only a short walk to the Tech truck..
Rotor is six bolt with a DTSwiss XX adapter
So how does it ride?
Well we’ve just been out for a two and a half hour ride with plenty of ups and down in both fireroad and singletrack flavours. On rollercoaster sections and rocky climbs the gears have been flawless and I have to say that even for the non racer semi-reformed singlespeeder the spread of gears and ease of shifting make a lot of sense. There’s much less need to be cross shifiting front and back to maintain cadence on climbs and the shifting under pressure seems very good.
Obviously the conditions here aren’t to Britiain’s special standard and it’ll be interesting to see how the cutaway cassette copes and lasts in typical claggy conditions, but for now I’m in the convert camp. It makes sense.