World First! SRAM X-7 Goes Ten Speed

So, XX and X7 are going ten speed in 2010. Details are below, hot off the press release.
Hmm… Now, what do we think is going to be happening to X9 and X0 eh? ;-)

Nice splash of carbon on an SLX-level rear mech...

X7 10-Speed Rear Derailleur
New technologies, finish and family strategy create a cohesive performance story. X7 intends to deliver the highest
value MTB components in its class. We’ve built in our award winning 10 Speed Exact Actuation shifting
technology giving you XX shifting
performance at the X7 level. We upgrade
our materials story with a
3K carbon pulley cage. We added our new Storm Grey Finish and family graphics package.
• 10 Speed, Exact Actuation shifting
• 3K carbon cage
• 36t Cassette compatibility
• New family finish and graphics package
• Storm Grey finish
• High-end materials
• 3 cage lengths: long, medium and
short cage

We wonder if there'll be 45 different ones of these, like there are for XX

X7 10-Speed Front Derailleur
The X7 FD was designed from scratch specifically for 2X10. It’s a critical part of our X-Glide shifting experience: the fastest shift ever. It’s new body is slimmer, lighter and good looking. Offered in a wide variety of clamp-mount and direct-mount options.
• Designed for 2×10
• Dual pull routing
• High and low direct mount options
• Storm gray finish

X7 10-Speed Trigger Shifters
We’ve added our award winning
10 Speed Exact Actuation shifting technology to the new X7 shifters
providing XX shifting performance
at the X7 level. The X7 Trigger
maintains the legacy of SRAM shifting with new technologies optimized
for 2X10. Exact Actuation 10-Speed rear shifters and dedicated 2X10
front shifters. Our new finish and graphics package create a cohesive high performance story.
• Dedicated 2X10.
• 10-Speed Exact Actuation Ratio
• New storm grey finish and family graphics package
• Matchmaker Compatibility
• Removable Clamp
• Impulse Technology
• Slim Profile Design
• Top Cap Cable Change

Ring sizes will be 42 or 39 and 28 or 26 (perhaps for the 29ers?)

Hmm. Boxy but good? What do you reckon?

S1400 2X10 Crank
2X10: Lightning-fast and accurate front shifting, through an all-new, patented, mind-blowing performance technology: X-Glide.
Labeling and finish mesh perfectly with SRAM drivetrain families. S1400 features our OCT Hollow Forged crankarm that are beautiful, strong and light. Our new GXP bottom bracket featuring Gutter Seal technology
promises reduced seal drag and increased bearing life.
• OCT – hollow forged crankarms
• 2X10 X-Glide chain rings
• XR GXP BB system featuring Gutter Technology
• Brushed crankarm texture
• Family finish and graphics

So good it's Giga!

Giga X Pipe (GXP)
Gutter drastically improves sealing against the elements while reducing seal drag. We’ve designed a fresh new cup forging for a new high-end look. A new standard in external bearing performance.
While other systems rely on side loading the bearings to eliminate play, which
causes premature bearing wear, the GXP system is different. The GXP system
captures the left side bearing between the spindle and the left crankarm while allowing the drive-side bearing to float axially on the spindle, thereby eliminating the necessity to side-load bearings during adjustment. The simplicity of installation is refined: once it is tightened to the proper specifications you are ready to roll with a worry free BB. The GXP system uses two bicycle specific cartridge bearings and eight seals for a smooth and long lasting ride.
Ceramic bearings. Red Ano finish
Custom steel bearings. Tungsten finish
Custom steel bearings. Black finish
• Gutter Seal Technology
• New high-end shape and finishes
• Improved tool engagement

Everyone seems to like Avid's Elixir Brakes

X7 Elixir Caliper

Elixir R
Amazing ride quality achieved through our Tapered Bore* and improved pivot location. Less initial power and deep stroke modulation allows the rider to better use and control more powerful brakes. More power through larger caliper pistons.
• Tapered bore lever with
integrated reservoir
• Tools free reach adjust
• Two-piece caliper top
loading pads
• MatchMaker compatible
• Improved modulation
• Increased power
• Reduced weight

More affordable 10-speed and hopefully, this will ease the minds of XX owners too...

The new PowerGlide™ 1050 cassette performance is optimized by material choice, tooth profile and shift ramp design for quick and positive index shifting. Our new cassette features a semi-spidered construction for a maximum stiffness to weight ratio and is available in many optimized configurations to best match a wide variety of uses.
• PG-1050 cassette ranges -
11-32, 12-36T
• Steel Lockring and lockring finish
• Cog spacers and spacer finish
• A new choice for high level 10 speed shifting performance.
• PowerGlide technology allows for a unmatched transition between gears when up and down shifting
• Semi-spidered design is light, strong, and efficient

SRAM offers hubs too - nothing dramatic, but expect to see them fitted as OE stuff on bikes.

X7 Hub set
The smoothness of cartridge
bearings at X7 level
• The first hub offering cartridge
bearings at this price point
• The SRAM brand name and the full service worldwide
• Consistent spec and artwork

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