KORE Launch XX1 Compatible Hub

Jan 13, 2013 at 22:05
Jan 13, 2013
by Mike Levy  
 
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KORE Durox Hubs

• QR/15mm/20mm compatibility
• 135/142mm compatibility
• 7075 aluminum one-piece freehub
• 9/10 speed and XX1 options
• Five pawl/triple tooth engagement
• Fifty tooth steep drive ring
• Sealed cartridge bearings
• Front hub weight: 176/172g (15/20mm)
• Rear hub weight: 251/240g (10spd/XX1)


Back in mid-2012 we started to hear rumours and see spy pictures of SRAM's 1 x 11 drivetrain setup. When we first saw this we thought what a great idea to simply do away with the front derailleur but achieve a similar gear ratio by adding an extra large cog to the cassette. At this time we at KORE decided that we wanted to be among the first few companies to offer our hubs with a compatible freehub to accept the new 11 speed cassette. After some initial talks we agreed a licence to offer these and started working on the freehub - we have tried very hard on this project and attention to detail is second to none so that we are 100% confident that we have one of the best XX1 compatible freehubs on the market.

We will be offering our XX1 freehubs for our 2013 Durox and Torsion hubs in alloy and cro-mo versions, and they will be available on XCD-SL, DUROX and MEGA complete wheelsets. The alloy Durox version weighs 11 grams less than our standard freehub which makes the Durox rear 12 x 142 hub a very respectable 240 grams.

KORE Brand Manager Ollie Thomas said –

With the cycle industry seemingly going crazy with the launch of SRAM’s XX1 system, and reports from SRAM that initial orders were three times more than expected, we are stoked to be able to offer our XX1 freehubs at this early stage in the 2013 season. Our test riders who were part of the elite few to receive early sample XX1 kits have been extensively testing the freehubs on both our Durox and Torsion hubs for months now with no issues. The rest of us can’t wait to our hands on an XX1 setup when it becomes readily available at the end of January. Our hats are off to SRAM for pushing the limits within the cycle industry and bringing everyone a new great product!






















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49 Comments

  • + 33
 They look sick. Love the colour.
I have never been the first comment Wink
  • + 3
 there is always a first time to everything Razz
  • - 1
 (obscene humor incoming) monkey buttsecks?
  • - 2
 ohhh i get it ^^
you dirty boy...
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  • + 16
 I like the 1x11 concept with a wide range cassette but there's no way in hell I'm paying for it until it's available at like an X9 or X7 price point. Any rumours on when that might happen?
  • + 5
 Damn right. I understand that new technology can be expensive, but I'll wait until it's price around the 400-700 ranges retail.
  • + 2
 If only everything got cheaper...all this new technology is just mouth watering, but that stops when the price is released.
  • + 0
 $1500ish really isn't too bad, considering how new and how awesome XX1 is. For comparison, the XTR groupset is over $2000 and when you add all of the technology that has gone into XX1 to make it super solid, the price for the group is more than reasonable.
If you're still pinching pennies, give SRAM a year or so and we'll see some trickle down before you know it.
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  • + 13
 Companys should just make new freehub bodys for current hub assemblys save alot of bs
  • + 4
 Yeah, like maybe ones that allow for a 9 tooth smallest cog. Options would go a long way to making this a viable option.
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  • + 4
 I'd rather they changed the ten so it covered 9-34 so i could keep my kit and have better range on a 1x setup. I can't figure out the draw of an 11th cog fir the life of me. Especially if it requires a new freehub body anyway. Some body said "i know, lets increase range bu adding unsprung weight and make the derailluer super touchy and require all the riders to buy new crap instead of doing somthing that would let them improve their clearance by putting on s smaller front ring and keep the same ratio in 9th or 10th gear but have it easier when pedalling.
Maybe there are too few teeth on a 9 tooth cog. Even so, the next logical step would be smaller teeth and shorter chain links to improve interface. 11 gears with one being huge is a bad answer to the problem.
  • + 2
 finally somebody sees my point with the 9t cog thing!!! it would lower weight for all you xc boffins out there as well Big Grin

smaller cogs at the back means you can use smaller cogs at the front allowing more clearance for your chainrings which will allow lower bb heights to be run improving handeling, a driveterrain can influence the handeling on a bike, though 10spd mtb chains are only really becoming the norm to find in your lbs now, could be a pain trying to get a 11, i think there is still space in the market for the ultimate system, and i think hope were close with their 1 pc cassette/freehub design prototype
  • + 2
 Canfield sells wheelsets that run a custom cassette with the smallest one being a 9 tooth. They call it their 9 tooth microdrive, available in 9 and 10 speed. check it out.

www.canfieldbrothers.com/components/9-tooth-rear-hub
  • + 1
 If i can get it through BTI i'll be looking at that with the income tax return in a month.
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  • + 3
 I was curious about the XX1 group price, so I checked at Universalcycles.com, putting every item in the shopping cart to come out with a total. The biggest item is the Rise 60 XD rear wheel, which will accept the XX1 cassette, coming in at a very cool $1,122. The other items, the chain, cassette, cranks w/BB, rear derailleur, and shifter (am I missing anything?) bring the price to somewhere around $2,500. Comments?
  • + 0
 still cheaper than a carbon wheel set Razz
  • + 1
 if saving grams is the name of the game rotational mass is the best place to start though..
  • + 1
 The Rise 60 XD rear wheel has a carbon rim.
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  • + 3
 These look great, but like the i9 press release - please update your site with details of the product you're releasing if you're going to link to it in the release, especially if you're not going to include comprehensive information about them such as pricing!

Anyway, 50pt engagement + lighter weight rear hub than the already impressive Industry9s is awesome. If the price is right these might find their way onto a bike of mine shortly.
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  • + 4
 too bad XX1 is like $2000000
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  • + 2
 I would love a Tech Tuesday that shows us how the xx1 cassette works. I can't quite get my head around the exact mechanics of cassette attachment.
  • + 1
 From what I understand it is basically like a regular cassette, but instead of a standard lockring it has the 10 tooth cog built into the lockring. Anyone is welcome to correct me if I'm wrong, but only if they do it nicely. haha
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  • + 2
 is it just me or have sram thrown the mark with xx1, xx was called that because xx is 20 in roman numerals, so we have an 11 spd bike group called 21???????
  • + 1
 Fits in the range of x5/7/9 I guess...
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  • + 1
 I don't like the disc mounts...they look weak(i know...i'm only looking at an internet photo). Besides that, looks are awesome!
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  • - 1
 I haven't taken an XX1 cassette apart yet. Do the lower/torquey-er gears slip on like a conventional 10s freehub body, then the rest of the cassette threads on like a freewheel?

Also, those teeth on the pawls look awfully small and prone to contamination.
  • + 3
 I dont think you can take a cassette apart, I believe they are machined out of on piece of metal.
I sincerely look forward to my dealer telling me I should replace my £300 cassette when I replace my chain!
  • + 2
 That is what the single piece cassette is all about. GOUGING. Will stick with cheap 8 and 9 till there is a beefy 5 speed gearbox.
  • + 0
 Gouging wasn't an issue with the XX cassette I had last year. From the sounds of your criteria you might be on 8/9 speed forever.
  • + 1
 The largest cog is aluminium, the rest is steel. So basically it's not one piece. Still can't understand how it's mounted.
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  • + 1
 would like to see a 150mm width 9-21T setup based on this type of freehub for DH.
  • + 3
 Im not sure I see the need for 11 speed on a dh bike
  • + 1
 Nobody saw the need for 10 speed on DH bikes but they still did it
  • + 1
 I meant 9T not more speeds. more BB clearance smaller bashring shorter chain.
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  • + 1
 From what I've seen the 1st few lode on then the rest are in one piece and are threaded on like old cassettes used to
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  • + 2
 Better in pink!! Pink makes the boys wink Smile
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  • + 1
 Kore is a solid mtb company
  • + 1
 BS, I've been waiting for several months now to get a response on a replacement part for one of their 10mm Torsion rear hubs.
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  • + 1
 they just look like any other catalogue brand...
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  • + 1
 Looks like novatec Frown
  • + 1
 So..?? whats wrong with that?
  • + 1
 I want some!
  • + 3
 May be a blessing in disguise if it is built by novatec then people who are using superstar, novatec and some Specialized hubs may be able to to run xx1 or any future models utilising the xx1 freehub
  • + 4
 At Kore we have out own in house designer and we design and develop our own hubs. We have used Joytec (who makes the Novatec brand) in the past but we are currently using our own supplier.
  • + 1
 So , Kore , whats the word on the price for a set of these Hubs??
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