4 Unexpected Perks Of Rotor 13 Speed

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When Hannah saw the Rotor 13 speed drive train in Idaho, a few little details beyond the basic benefits of Moar Gears caught her eye. 

rotor 13 speed
Mountain bike option are still at prototype stage.
Rotor 13 speed prototype
Shifter design to be confirmed…

1. Rotor 1×13 Pick And Mix

First up is its modular design. There’s only one derailleur for both MTB and Road/Gravel set ups. Pick your cranks, chain ring and cassette depending on what you’re riding. If you suddenly decide to abandon your drop bar bike, you don’t need to abandon the entire groupset. Which is nice, but not actually the most interesting prospect here…

Since it’s all inter-compatible, you could put roadie parts on a mountain bike – which is what the Mallen Twins have done. They’re a pair of 11 year old freeriding groms whose skills and tricks make some of us glad we don’t have to ride with them, and others of us glad we’re not their parents. Finding that MTB cranks were too long for their needs, they’ve been able to swap to road cranks to give them the perfect set up. While that’s only an option because they’re nice light weight 11 year olds (Most Singletrack readers would probably have a few warranty issues if they tried the same on their own freeride machines… and of course we’re sure that our cranks are the only thing holding us back from free ride greatness…) it seems like a pretty cool little hack to us.

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Comments (2)

    You can do a similar bar swap with SRAM etap shifters and SRAMS Connectamajig for the brakes; some rigs where configured this way for DK I believe. Certainly rodeolabs where experimenting I recall.

    Me thinks that we are nearing the edge of the cable capabilities with all these cogs on the back? As the shifts get closer together it seems that electric or hydro will be the only way to keep it adjusted. On my own bikes I think that 11speed XO functions better than Eagle 12,I’ve done everything I can, hanger align, red plastic dooley, etc etc etc, the 11speed has a nice clunk and bam its on the gear for long periods of the year, Eagle is more fiddly. Maybe this is one of the ways to moar cogs and clean shifting?

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