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Microshift Advent X is a 10 speed 11-48 drivetrain with no new standards and low weight

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The all-new Microshift Advent X is a simple large range groupset for riders not wanting new standards and delicate setup.

Microshift has announced a new drivetrain that they’re calling the Advent X. Like all modern drivetrains, it uses a 1x system, but that’s about as much as it shares with any 2020 groupset as Advent X has fewer gears and doesn’t come with any annoying new standards.

Microshift already makes a 12-speed drivetrain, and you would think the next logical progression would be a 13-speed cassette with some monstrous 10 – 60t cassette hanging off the rear wheel, but this isn’t what Advent X is.

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The Advent X shifter features a silicone paddle cover for better grip.

Instead, the new system has been designed to offer as much range as possible while saving weight AND keeping everything reliable and easy to live with. So instead of 13, 12, or even 11 gears to choose from, Advent X has just 10 cogs outback.

The 10 speed Advent X cassette weighs in at just 424g which is a lot lighter than any of the 12 speed Shimano or SRAM cassettes on the market while still offering riders a nice spread to choose from with a range from 11-48t.

And because Microshift hasn’t jumped on any new standards, the Advent X cassette fits on a standard HG Freehub and works with 10-speed chains that are already on the market.

Advent X also gets a new Trail Trigger Pro shifter. Microshift says this shifter offers a “light and clicky” lever action, and is designed to be ergonomic and comfortable to use.

Last but not least is the Advent X rear mech, an update on the proven 9-speed model featuring a patented ratchet and pawl clutch and full metal construction.

Microshift says that the complete Advent X system minus chain weighs in at 857g with most of the weight saved in the cassette and little added on for the full metal rear mech, but to us, that sounds like a pretty safe way of saving the weight.

While we’ve yet to get a ride on this new system we do like the simple, bombproof idea behind a 10-speed drivetrain with modern large range gearing.

You can find out more info on the new Advent X over on the Microshift website here.

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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Comments (30)

    Typo in the heading? Or deliberate to raise a smile?

    Have you proof read this? If so – it’s very funny.

    Do you proof read these articles at all?

    The title refers to Microsoft, the text refers to microshit (maybe that was intentional?)

    This is superb! Microsoft microshit indeed 🙂

    That was an entertaining few minutes 🙂

    I think Andi is fed up of the Meeting app and it’s nuances

    Oh dear… time for a coffee. All fixed now.

    You made us smile. Coffee earned.

    Maybe just me, but I’d like to see 10&11 speed cassettes in micro spline fitting – the 10 tooth cog gives useful range increase without needing to replace whole gear system – which is presumably why shimano won’t be interested in doing this…though see Sunrace now do 11 speed for Sram freehubs

    Andi, it was a hoot!

    I do like the look of this a lot – can it be bought yet? Doesn’t seem so from website

    @big_scot_nanny I’ve emailed to ask and hope I can get one to take a look at.

    could this be used with 10 speed road bar (shimano or microshift) for a single up front setup?

    “The 10 speed Advent X cassette weighs in at just 424g which is a lot lighter than any of the 12 speed Shimano or SRAM cassettes on the market ”

    It’s heavier than XX1 Eagle (360g) and XTR (376) 12 speed.

    I’ve set all my boys bikes up with 1×10 30 front and range extender 42 – I think it’s a really good compromise between range and ‘just works’ compared to my slightly finicky 12x Eagle GX… this looks really really interesting as a new option. Hope they do well out of it. Any RRP?

    @brassneck nothing yet, hoping it will be cheap. Quite fancy the idea.

    this might be just what i need to upgrade the commuter, as Roady Tony says does it work with road shifters? also how much?

    @ravingdave I don’t know if the spacing on this is different to SRAM or Shimano but I have asked and will update you all once I get a reply. Also asked for a set so we can have a video and a review after lockdown.

    Really like the idea of this.sould be good to replace the 2x GX on my Jeffsy when that wears out (2030 at current mileage rate!)

    I keep getting sent to a dodgy ‘youve won a tablet’ by something on this page…

    Great for kids bikes this, and maybe i’ll knock up a jump bike from old spares now the stads havn’t changed….

    @Tim your not alone. Looks like Singletrack’s mobile site has been compromised. Servers probably need updating

    The permalink needs updating, it still refers to Microsoft.

    Looks good. Price? Legs are getting too old for 10-42.

    10 is the new 12

    Who sells this in the UK?
    Pass me the credit card.

    UK disty is Moore Large. I’m still running 10speed on both mountain bikes as I’ve not written or a lot of the kit yet.

    US Price is $142 to $167
    I cant find it for sale in the UK, but it would be very interesting for a budget build.
    I think I preferred my 11sp X1 group over any of the 12sp ones I’ve tried (currently on GX and it’s definitely finicky)

    I really like Microshift current ‘keep it simple and strong’ approach, but I hope this is more widely available than the Advent 9 speed stuff they released. I do have a set of that to put on my new build but it took me ages to track some down that I could actually buy (the UK launch date the distributors gave me never seemed to happen).

    Any news on when/were this will be available in the UK?

    Nice to see a company addressing the needs of those stalwarts who don’t wish to jump on the latest Shimano/SRAM mediated component limitations. I’ve invested in ten speed and now I want wider range…and: here it is! Great, now I’m waiting on your reviews of these products…I’ve been disappointed in the past with poor performance of Microshift (microshit indeed) products-specifically 9 Speed Bar End shifters (rear derailleur) that just didn’t index properly, always obliging extra finessing of the shift lever to trim out the chain rub. If these components are tighter and work well, I’m in!

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