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SRAM XX now out

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:36 am

I am not getting paid by SRAM, though it is big news, their new groupset is now out. It was seen covered up and with the who spy deal thoughout the last month or so, and Julian Absalon had it on his Orbea in his Madrid World Cup win. Now the photos and details are out - here is a writeup with images on the SRAM XX
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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby familyguy » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:23 am

In another article on XX this morning, the 2x10 to 3x9 comparison was interesting:
"Interestingly, though XX is quite possibly the best-shifting group in the SRAM family, the 2x10 gearing requires fewer total gear changes since either ring now effectively yields more usable ratios. The full spread on the extra-wide 11-36T cassette is accessible in either chainring and the straighter chainline means that the system runs both quieter and with less friction than one would normally expect from a crossed combination."

Looks good. Wish I could afford it. And a suitable bike to mount it all on.

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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby Kalgrm » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:10 am

WOW! :shock:

Nothing more to add.

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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:56 pm

It is a high price point. Looks like SRAM is really becoming a serious option and competitor in the MTB now as they have taken the second row place for years. There will be a trickle down down effect into more affordable groupsets (for the mere mortals).
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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby trailgumby » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:51 pm

Order of acquisition for me will be to first get the legs to be able to drive that groupset up the usual pinches you see on trails, then I might be able to contemplate it. Which will be... never! :P
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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby alchemist » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:33 pm

With the lowest ratio being 26:36 the gearing is not that much taller than with a tradition mtb triple with a 22:32 ratio.
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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:46 am

Wish the legs were good enough to justify that....

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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:25 pm

G'day

Velonewssummed up their posting with this comment:

After spending two days learning about it and close to a half-dozen hours riding it, we can whole-heartedly claim that this group represents more than just an evolution for SRAM and its off-road brands.

Is it revolutionary? We need more time to answer, but it is absolutely impressive. The SRAMies say they put their best and brightest on this job, gave them time, world-class athlete feedback and the freedom to think outside of the box.


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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby Kalgrm » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:53 pm

Thanks for that link Andrew. Their review fleshes out my original statement somewhat. :) It looks like a very impressive group set, and it also looks even more expensive now.

Love the line "dropped the weight from 11g to 8g - a 30% saving in weight". A massive 30%!?!?! Whoa! :mrgreen:

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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby familyguy » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:04 pm

Dont forget this gem throwaway line:

"In the name of stiffness, the XX crank and chainrings rely on a new proprietary bolt circle diameter of 80mm/120mm, which places attachment points as close to the chainring teeth as possible."

Yet ANOTHER BCD to deal with. Making it even more expensive if you bust a chainring down the line. SRAM out-Shimano-ing Shimano with proprietary sizings? I guess most people who'll be riding it and replacing parts wont be paying retail for it anyway.

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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby Kalgrm » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:11 pm

familyguy wrote:Yet ANOTHER BCD to deal with. Making it even more expensive if you bust a chainring down the line. SRAM out-Shimano-ing Shimano with proprietary sizings? I guess most people who'll be riding it and replacing parts wont be paying retail for it anyway.

Jim

You can't use other makers' chainrings as there are no standard chain ring bolts in the system. The holes in the chain ring are threaded. Come in sucker .... :)

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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby }SkOrPn--7 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:20 pm

Thanks for the heads up and a good read now to find out the prices because I bet it will come in a doosy but just as it stands now I don't think I will be making the purchase upgrade I'm not a weight weenie.
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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby alchemist » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:13 pm

Rumoured pricing
    Rear derailleur $450.00
    Cassette $600.00
    Shifters $550.00
    XX SIDS just under $2000.00

Ready to place a pre-order (I know of one who has)
http://www.trailmix.com.au/catalogue/on ... b_groupset
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Re: SRAM XX now out

Postby trailgumby » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:18 pm

:shock: $$$$

Thanks, alchy - it's nice to know my 3x9 setups are under no imminent threat of being superseded...
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