Greg Herbold was once again MCing the proceedings at the Rockshox launch. And by providing sandwiches for all the journalists SRAM ensured a full house to see a selection of its 2012 offerings..
The first thing HB did was to introduce their new 3200cu-ft truck/trailer with its 8.3litre turbo. They’re hoping it lasts them another 15 years, like their last one.
First up, and from a distance, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is an XTR equipped bike, but that’s because there’s a new, hand-mirror-polish version of SRAM’s XO groupset. And very shiny it is too…
There’s a new collaboration between SRAM and MRP in the works (no, SRAM hasn’t bought MRP – not that we know anyway, they’re just working together) – there’s a new chain device at an XO level – it’s basically the MRP SL with custom graphics, but seeing as they’ve only been working together since Eurobike, expect some SRAM specific stuff shortly.
Some Truvativ Noir highlights: There’s a 700mm riser bar with 5° up sweep and 9° back which weights 190g. There’s also a Noir flat bar with 10° sweep coming in at 180g.
And in the corner was a black sheet draped over a mystery new product. With a bit of fanfare, Herbold unveiled it.
Yep, there’s a new SID 29er for the big wheel racers. This World Cup version weights 1582g… pretty good for a big wheel fork. It features carbon crown and steerer, 32 uppers, 15mm Maxle Lite and drilled bushings. It’ll come in 100mm or 80mm and 15mm or QR.
SRAM is now introducing new 2×10 ratios, which will please the freeriders, 29ers and UK riders… Available in XO, X9, X7, X5 it’ll start being available in 24 x 38T and 22 x 36T (which, interestingly moves away from SRAM’s ‘perfect’ and patented ratio between rings of 1.5:1 – but it’s in order to get those lower gear ratios. You’ll also be able to get a new, smaller spider for those cranks with removeable ones. There’s also a new front mech that will cope with these new sizes – and the clamp stays in the same place so you it’ll work with whatever frame you currently have.