2x10 For All
ASHLAND, Oreg.—Oregon is becoming known as a mountain bike mecca filled with lush, moisture infused singletrack goodness, which is exactly why Sram chose Ashland to launch the new 2011 XO 2x10 product.
Running in conjunction with the up and coming Ashland 12-mile Super D race, the press camp allowed us to ride the new 2x10 group on our personal bikes. Providing for a much more indepth and noticeable sampling of Sram’s 2011 product offerings.
2x10 drivetrains are not a new phenomenon, with the introduction of XX last year; the setup has become one of the most sought after systems on the market. But because of XX’s strive for perfection, not everyone was able to afford luxury of the smooth positive workings of 2x10. That is, until now. For 2011 Sram will be offering the 2x10 drivetrain option in XO, X9, and X7 levels, opening up the 2x10 option to even the most budget-oriented rider.
After a few shuttles up and down Mount Ashland, I must say the new 2x products are yet again another homerun for Sram. Starting out on the XO drivetrain I was very surprised at how similarly it functioned to its big brother XX. But Sram has designed the XO to be a little more of an all around group than the XX. Boasting a little heavier rear derailleur and crankset, XO proves to be a great choice for someone looking to have the simplicity of 2x10 but the durability of the lower end lines. XO also offers a bit of a different shift feel than XX, providing the smooth “chunka-chunka” (in case you’re wondering – that’s a good thing) feel that XO has been known for in years past.
Down the product line X9 and X7, offer technology and function from the higher priced lines but at a much more affordable price tag and with a little extra weight. All lines will feature X-Glide front shifting technology and exact actuation rear derailleurs thus offering the smooth quick shifting of XX at a variety of pricepoints.
With so many new 2x10 options we are very excited to dive in to some testing with the three new drivetrains. All three drivetrains will offer a similar level Avid brake, the XO will wear the XO logo while the lower end brakes will still be Elixir branded.
Another new addition to come along with the launch of 2x10 is Sram hubs. Offered in both X9 and X7, the hubs will allow for bicycle manufactures to spec a full line of products with a matching finish. Giving the products a “family” look throughout all components.
Sram has definitely made another leap forward for 2011 with the introduction of all their 2x10 and 3x10 drivetrains. With Sram’s ownership of Avid, RockShox, and Truvativ, they are able to bring together a full line of products within specific pricepoints, allowing consumers to easily choose the best upgrade option for their specific needs.
With so many benefits to be had from the new 2x10 setup, these products should be on everyone’s wish list for next season. We will continue to put some miles on the XO and X7 setups throughout the next few months so watch for updates. –J. Carr
Check out Taylor Sage's Video from race day at the Ashland Super D: