Revolutionary? No pun intended, SRAM’s XX1 really has brought something new to the table.
SRAM’s XX1 groupset is nothing short of revolutionary. You might think that’s big talk for an extra gear, but XX1 is about far more than just being 11 speed. The ultra wide range cassette enables you to ride with just a single ring up front, without any real compromise in terms of gear ratios. That means there’s no need for a front mech whatsoever (which pleases suspension designers in particular no end), and because of the combination of a clutch style rear mech and a cleverly profiled chainring there’s also no need for any kind of chain guide. It sounds to good to be true, but it really does work and once you’ve ridden a bike with XX1 you’ll really feel like you’re stepping backwards if you have to ride anything else (apart from the fractionally cheaper and very similar X01 groupset). All we need now is an even cheaper version…
REAR MECH: £239.99
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