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Component of the Year Nominees


As refined as modern mountain bikes frames have become, lightweight and strong carbon fiber and aluminum creations that embody the definition of 'functional art,' the components that hang off those frames shouldn't be overlooked. Dropper posts and 1x drivetrains have become the norm, but we still haven't reached the end of the development cycle, and each season brings with it another batch of technological advances, some small, and some drastic. 2016's top components fall into the former category – none of the nominees offer radical departures from the norm, but their performance out on the trail elevated them to the top of the year's new products.

Which components made the cut?

SRAM's Eagle drivetrain was an easy pick, with its 12-speed, 10-50 tooth cassette that eliminates virtually every possible reason for running a front derailleur. OneUp's Shark conversion kit was created to accomplish the same task as Eagle, but it's aimed at riders with 11-speed drivetrains, and it costs a fraction as much. The final nominee is Fox's new Transfer dropper post, the long-awaited replacement for the company's clunky-but-bombproof DOSS post, one that uses a simple, cable actuated design and costs less than most of its competition.












Why it's nominated:

2015 saw electronic shifting's arrival into the mountain bike world with the introduction of Shimano's XTR Di2, a gruppo that snagged the Component of the Year title. This year, SRAM returned fire, not with electronics, but by adding one more cog to their 1x drivetrain to create a 12-speed system with a 500% range. That range is great enough the SRAM even went ahead and disbanded their mountain bike front derailleur division – there simply isn't a need for more than one ring up front when you have a 10-50 tooth cassette.

There's more to the drivetrain than just a massive cassette, though. SRAM tweaked the entire system, everything from the shape of the chainring teeth to the design of the chain itself in order to create a precise and reliable drivetrain worthy of carrying the XX1 and X01 designations.

SRAM Eagle


From the First Look
bigquotesThe wide range of the Eagle drivetrain's cassette is going to be the most appealing trait for many riders, but it's the little things like the improved B-knuckle, the elimination of the narrow wide teeth on the upper pulley wheel, and the revised chainring profile that help make this SRAM's best mountain bike drivetrain yet. - Mike Kazimer









Why it's nominated:

As appealing as SRAM's Eagle drivetrain may be, the current cost is going to keep it relegated to the “Things to buy when I win the lottery” list for many riders, right after the hovercraft and personal soft serve ice-cream machine. That's where OneUp's Shark upgrade kit comes in, which makes it possible to modify a Shimano drivetrain to create an 11-50 tooth cassette for only $125.

The kit includes the two necessary cogs (one with 18-teeth, which is installed where the 17- and 19-tooth cogs used to reside, and a 50-tooth cog that side on the far outer end of the casette), and a inner cage that's switched out with the Shimano derailleur's stock cage in order to allow it to reach that big climbing gear. Installation is relatively simple, and once complete the result is a drivetrain with a 454% range, or 19% more than the original 11-42 cassette.

Want even more range? OneUp also make a replacement driver body that works with DT Swiss hubs that allows for the creation of a 10-50 11-speed casette. That's the same 500% range as SRAM's Eagle drivetrain, but a much smaller cost.

OneUp Shark 10t and MiniDriver

There's no avoiding the fact that mountain biking is an expensive sport, but OneUp's conversion kits allow riders to enjoy the benefits of a wide range drivetrain without maxing out a credit card, a fact that earns them this nomination for Component of the Year.



From the review
bigquotesThe Shark Cog and Shark Cage allow a rider to greatly increase their gearing spread, and not only their low range but also their high range if they decide to go with a suitably larger chainring. This could be a real benefit to a rider with greatly varied terrain. - Mike Levy










Why it's nominated:

Dropper posts have become the norm over the last five years, but depite their prevalance they remain a fairly expensive item, and even the highest end options aren't completely trouble free. Fox sought to address both of those issues with their new Transfer post, giving it an easy-to-install cable actuated design, and a price that's below the majority of its contemporaries.

Out on the trail the Transfer post has proved its worth - there haven't been any issues in the five months that have followed since the initial review, and the post is still working as smoothly as the day it was unboxed. The Transfer Post's design may not exactly set the world afire, but all the same, it's one of the best components to hit the market in 2016.

Fox Transfer seat post


From the First Look
bigquotesWith the discontinuation of the ultra-reliable D.O.S.S., and the fact that other companies are now producing some pretty good options, Fox's Transfer dropper post needs to be a home run. While my time on it has been limited, it seems as though Fox has managed to hit this one out of the park. - Mike Levy






Looking back, it seems as if this past year was more about refinements rather than earth-shattering advances. I have a feeling that a host of electronic componentry, from drivetrains to dropper posts is waiting in the wings, but 2016 was all about the tried-and-true cable-actuated systems, be it SRAM's smooth shifting Eagle or Fox's dropper post.

The components selected above won't completely alter your riding experience, but they certainly improve it, whether that's by having an easier gear to get up that steep, pain-in-the-ass hill that constantly thwarts your best efforts, or by having a dropper post that works exactly as it should. Which one deserves the title of Pinkbike's Component of the Year? We'll be revealing the answer before too long.



Click here for information about the judging and selection criteria for Pinkbike's Year-End Awards





195 Comments

  • + 225
 I hate to be the guy that says "None of the above!" but uh... none of the above.
  • + 16
 With you there, as nothing released this year was attention grabbing, it was all refinements and little tweaks.
  • + 94
 i like my transfer... but if you're going to nominate a groupset the component of the year it has to be xt 11 speed. get yer shit together pinkbike.
  • + 15
 I dont know, after going through what seems like a KS post a month last year its been really darn nice just riding my bike the last four months on the Transfer. I agree that there's nothing earth shattering this year, but in all the minor changes and optimizations that went on, if there's one product that I tried that genuinely allowed me to ride my bike more frequently and with less worry, it was the Transfer. I feel that's worth a vote.
  • + 72
 component of the year: @WAKIdesigns keyboard
  • + 3
 @whitebullit: M8000 is a 2015 product though so it doesn't count for 2016, as much as i agree with how good it is
  • - 10
flag kpilar (Nov 17, 2016 at 4:20) (Below Threshold)
 @kpilar who do you know here? ugh ur so annoying, love u @WAKIdesigns
  • - 15
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 17, 2016 at 4:48) (Below Threshold)
 @kpilar: is that you? We must kill Waki, we kill it... quickly... we have to hurry! We've been to the doctor, and doctor said we are split, we knew it is sooooo. But Waki didn't hahahah... the doctor he... he... he gave us those piiiiillssss... they make Waki sleep and theeen.... we wake uuuuup! Quickly! we are a hemaphrodite, we want to be one! We don't need that dick! You must talk to the pussy, talk to the pussy!!!... do you think they will expose us? Do you think they will tell Waki... oh no he, he! He wakes up we must fggdfdsffddfdfdffdsfdjgiroweou;fbsdfnldf
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: OMG!! its Waki-leaks..

Don't read any of those posts.. It's the Russians
  • + 3
 Agreed. None of these were particularly iinteresting
  • + 1
 @whitebullit: wasn't XT released last year though?
  • + 1
 XT wins this easily. For the price of one sram derailleur you can have an XT drivetrain for the same price, and it works better.
  • - 2
 @WayneParsons: the only issue is that XT cassette is terrible. Nearly instant chain drop when back pedalling on 42t sprocket. You have to make at least half of crank revolution to drop the chain off XTR or any Sram cassette and that is fine for tech climbs and some trials moves. But XT won even let you ratchet a bit. Then it weighs 410 and that gets a lot for such a product line, especially considering that you may use it with Di2 which costs a fortune.
  • + 8
 One-up deserves to be there. Not sure about the Transfer, but then you need to come up with alternatives.
  • + 20
 I don't want to change to desktop view every time I view one of these articles. I'd bet most of pinkbike s traffic is from mobile devices so FIGURE IT THE FUCK OUT. Cause right now I can't see shit.
  • + 3
 @SeaJay: No doubt!

At first I thought it was a product called:
SR
Eag
Dri
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm going to agree on that one. I have the new 11-46 XT with an XTR shifter and its seems very "clunky" and slow. I don't feel like a can shift under power in any gear... It never seemed that bad when I had the old 10sp with a Wolfstooth 42t... but it's considerably less expense than the Sram alternative so I'll deal with it.
  • + 5
 @whitebullit: Yeah XT, less range and more weight than XO1 and two years late to the party! That's a winner in anyone's book! At least the heavy cassette still relies on a freehub body design that's also heavier and gets all gouged to shit unless it's made even heavier by getting a steel one. Whoo-hoo!
  • - 1
 @TucsonDon: I've seen in person and rode almost every single 11sp group from Sram and Shimano (not Di2 though) but I cannot comment on their longevity. The ONLY bummer with XT is the cassette. Build quality wise SRAM X1 is like SLX, X01 is like XT. I see no bigger improvement over XT by XTR. I'd never buy XTR for that case (I own one, but I kind of didn't pay for it, if it gets damaged, I buy SLX) Yes XX1 rear mech is sweet but it costs more than XT Di2. Shifting quality is bollocks of a topic since it is a very personal thing. X1 and SLX already gets the job done well, everything else is first world problems, I cannot imagine anyone shredding hard, either uphill or downhill and thinking about shifting precision as long as system is setup correctly. I do prefer shimano for how fast it shifts through multiple gears.

So yea Sram is better, but only if money were no object. But price is important especially when there is such a dramatic price difference between shifter-mech combos. Sram pricing sucks

I generally dislike this 11 speed crap. I could easily do with 9sp 11-40 cassette. I'm not a fkng roadie, 3h into the ride, where you get bored of life and think of perfect gearing matching your silly cadence "discomfort"
  • + 1
 Yea, it's soooooo heavy, I don't know how anyone even copes with the extra 87 grams of the $70 XT cassette vs the $420 (such an apt number, because you'd have to be high to think that's worth it) eagle one..... Here's a comparison that will actually resonate with cyclists more concerned with being able to afford to ride, vs saving an ounce:
www.evanscycles.com/en-ca/sram-xx1-eagle-groupset-gold-10-50-EV276447
www.evanscycles.com/en-ca/shimano-xt-m8000-1-x-11-transmission-groupset-i-spec-b-32t-11-42-EV275659
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: can you shift through multiple gears up and down with sram like you can with Shimano?

420 for a cassette I'll ruin in a year is absolutely absurd to me.
  • - 2
 @atrokz: Shimano cassette drops chain instantly (within 1/4 of a pedal stroke) when you back pedal. I wouldn't buy it (AGAIN) even if it costed 20$. I am waiting for a barely used SRAM cassette on classifieds for one more month. If I won't get it, I'll buy X9 Type 2 and OneUp expander.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I find this odd. Can anyone clarify if this is correct? I do know they work better with the correct chain, but I've never had an issue back pedaling my XT cassettes or XTR for that matter. The SRAM road cassettes I used to run would either break (an actual cog, I have pics of this) or wear so fast like it was made of cheese. Wonder what this backpedaling issue is, as it may have more to do with chainline than the cassette itself. and at any rate, XTR is about half the price of eagle if you can stand the 40T (I'm on a 11-36 now so this would be fine).
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: you must have something else going on with your drivetrain. I can back pedal my 11-46 XT cassette in all gears without the chain ever dropping or even making any kind of noise.
  • + 1
 @atrokz: I have this back pedaling issue on my xt only on the biggest cog, and my gx is trouble free. I also had the problem on a 10sp setup : XT cassette with a 40t from hope
  • + 2
 @atrokz: there's plenty of forum threads on that matter. Most people just add spacers to the chainring to offset it closer to the inside. OneUp Components confirm the issue. It depends mostly on the chainline so different frames and cranksets may vary. Shimano changed the offset of the 40 and 42 rings for 2017 cassettes. My climbing "style" over my terrain forces me to back pedal OFTEN.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: good to know. so when I make the switch next year, I'll be safe! haha. and it's hard to beat $70usd vs $420usd. My name aint Nino and I can't win a XC race to save my life, so I'll save the $$$ for more importanter things, like suspension, tires, extra chains, and road trips.
  • - 3
 @atrokz: I think all models of cassettes for 2017 have almost fixed that. The issue for me is just to be able to make 0,5 crank, prefereably 3/4 spin with the chain staying on the largest cog.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Not for everyone (which is to say, not for me). Been running XT cassette + rear mech with a RF Turbine crankset and a YBN chain for a year and a half and I have literally never dropped chain. A couple of times I have had the chain run a couple gears up the cogs if I backpedal in the 42t, but it shifts right back when I start pedaling correctly. No issues with shift quality either; I am super guilty of jamming a shift in where it doesn't belong and the drivetrain has never complained. I've never even had to adjust a cable.

Oh, and with the crankset upgrade, the entire drivetrain cost me as much as an X01 cassette and rear derailleur. XT for life.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Never had a problem backpedalling my XT 11-42 cassette (1x11 drivetrain, XTR RD).
  • + 0
 Waki I think you have a problem with your set up that you are blaming on the cassette. XT cassettes are great. Its the only kit I've ever used that doesn't jump around underload, even in the smallest gears.
  • + 0
 @WayneParsons:

same boat here. I actually don't see how cassette would lead to issues back pedalling, that sounds like free hub issues, unless it's larger cogs that are the issue.
  • - 1
 @WayneParsons: do I? Yyyyh aaaaaah.... that was a deep breath... Yes I do have a problem with my setup, my frame has BB92 and my chainring is spiderless. If I could move my chainring closer to the cassette this stupid argument wouldn't take place. Is it a fkng coincidence that One Up produces a spacer and a cog to mitigate that fkng particular issue? Or did 2 Shimano sponsored riders lie to me that they too get pissed off about it? Or is it a bunch of folks who don't bother googling for XT M8000 11-42 cassette chain dropping, because of some underlying psychological reason like: being a Shimano fanboi, inability to realize that there are people who have issues with sht you don't have issues with, ooooor not giving a fk. What the fk... moments like this I hate internet...
  • - 2
 @JesseE: no it is a chainline issue, coped with cog size, coped with particular layout of "channels" for shifting. 2017 Shimano cassettes have big cogs moved to the inside as well as redesigned channels. Do your fkng research or shut up.
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: I appreciated your response, until the troll-esque last line. It's bicycles man, bicycles. Like, basically toys. And while I love them to death I don't find them ever an excuse to get sh*tty with people. The internet makes people the worst!
  • + 1
 @JesseE: just to confirm what waki's saying, with SOME frames the chainline is offset so much that while backpedaling, the chain will drop down a few gears. with the updated 2017 cassette from shimano this should be fixed as they have added measures to retent the chain in a back-pedal situation.
  • + 3
 @whitebullit: thanks for the civilized response. Thankfully my experience has been pretty much flawless on my Chromag. Better than my praxxis and a lot better than a 10spd with a booster cog. Not better than my 10spd XT cassette, though, but the range makes up for it. That fresh 10speed XT set up was as gold as an eagle when first installed.
  • + 4
 @JesseE: But you are clearly wrong, for Waki has spoken, so that is it. Nevermind the people who comment saying they have no issues, they don't matter. The goalposts get moved to another point by him to try and carry on with it all. Happens all the time. Then he will always resort to childish comments because he is 'smarter'.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I have a shimano 11-40 with one up 45t ext and can back pedal till the cows come home....
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I'll add to the voice of those that have had a different experience. I'm running an 11-46 Cassette, XTR Shifter/Der. and a Renthal 32t ring. I can backpedal fine in all combos, have very consistent/smooth shifting, fair wear based the range and the amount of use and, since I switched to the Renthal, no dropped chains. One thing I did do was have my chainline adjusted (I tried to do it myself initially but happen to live in a town with an amazing bike shop and skilled mechanics...shout out to Revolution in Rossland!) and it really smoothed out my shifting at the outer point of the range. I got hooked up with the XTR but if I needed to replace would do so with the XT as it works well, wears well and the price/quality ratio beats SRAM currently IMO.
  • + 2
 My xt 11-42t on a bike with short stays doesn't skip, grind, nor fall off. Again, its an issue with your bike, not the cassette. Association is not causation.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: now that i think about it, i have a mate with the original 11-42 shimano xt 11 speed cassette and his bike has no issues back pedaling either. I understand you've done "your fkng research" but the same rule applies for every component. You never hear about all the people who have had 0 issues, you only hear from the people, such as yourself, who have had negative experiences. And the negativity just continues from you by belittling people on an internet forum.
  • + 2
 @atrokz: Let's keep in mind you're comparing a 12 speed cassette to an 11 speed cassette. One with 418% range versus one with 500% range. Comparing 11 speed cassettes with similar range XT 11-46 is 439grams, and $78 with its 418% range, and XO1 10-42 is 268grams and $275 for its 420% range. So range is essentially a wash, but you're saving 171 grams for $197. Which is only a little over a dollar a gram. In terms of weight savings, that's actually a bargain compared to trying to save weight in cranks, handlebars, carbon frame versus aluminum, pedals. Plus on that cassette, the inner cogs are all steel, so they're pretty long-lasting. It took me a year to wear out the the outer cog on mine and then I was able to replace just the outer cog with a Wolf-tooth, with the added bonus of being able to jump up to a 44T big cog. With more range in the back, I was able to jump up to a 34T ring on the front, to increase my top-end. Sure the XT cassette is cheap, but I think the XO1 offers enough extra performance for a reasonable extra cost. I agree the price for Eagle is too much right now. Just like when Shimano offers the latest and greatest only in XTR the first year. I'm sure 12 speed will be offered in a more reasonable XO1 (Hawk?) group next year, followed by X1 (Falcon?) and GX1 (Turkey Vulture?) groups the year after that. Even so, I probably won't be going 12 speed for quite a few years, as I like to swap wheels between my bikes, so I'd have to replace drivetrains on both of them, and the 10-44 range available with 11sp is plenty for me and the shifting on the XO1 cassettes is pretty stellar.

www.competitivecyclist.com/sram-x01-x-glide-cassette-xg-1195?skid=SRM0551-ONECOL-ONESIZ&CMP_SKU=SRM0551&MER=0406&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc014&mv_pc=r101&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&CSPID=0914&mr:trackingCode=0B3A9C78-1F26-E311-B197-001B21BCB944&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&mr:ad=81822233821&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:tid=pla-120393057181&mr:ploc=9029187&mr:iloc=&mr:store=&mr:filter=120393057181&gclid=CjwKEAiA6rrBBRDsrLGM4uTPkWASJADnWZQ40Yke2eQpQcCyCqhsfOOw5r_yB4wiKqWx7V75h3jM4BoCT5Dw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
www.competitivecyclist.com/shimano-xt-cs-m8000-cassette?skid=SHI007V-SI-S1146&CMP_SKU=SHI007V&MER=0406&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc014&mv_pc=r101&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&CSPID=0914&mr:trackingCode=AE5DB2AA-0261-E611-80EF-0050569428E8&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&mr:ad=81822233821&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:tid=pla-120396740461&mr:ploc=9029187&mr:iloc=&mr:store=&mr:filter=120396740461&gclid=CjwKEAiA6rrBBRDsrLGM4uTPkWASJADnWZQ4Pj5rJ6kjFcQU9_v8vd8ZOvBFLvraBVysnezTcG3GLBoCrmfw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  • + 3
 @JesseE: With fast fingers you can. A lot of people who prefer Shimano shifting are running SRAM cassettes with XT (or XTR) shifters since the weight difference is so substantial. I'm just glad they're compatible so folks have the option. Screw proprietary shit.
  • + 1
 @cooper02: Wow! Glad you had such a good experience with your Fox Transfer. I bought mine this year and after two weeks it started to FAIL! Found out mine was not the only one! The post would drop all on its' own, incrementally, till i stood up and hit the switch to get it back to full height again. There was, apparently, an issue with the internals that FOX discovered and it took approx. two months(for my warranty) to get the new parts installed and my post returned. When it was returned i got no explanation, no apologies for going the good part of the riding season without a post, and no offer of a new post rather than waiting for parts to fix FOX's problem! When i complained to my LBS and asked for my money back to get a different post....i got some FOX socks and a hat. My experience with the Transfer and ultimately FOX, was no less than terrible.
  • + 1
 @TucsonDon: No body's fingers are fast enough to match my XT shifter. Deal breaker for me. But, yeah, screw proprietary shit for sure. That said, I know a Shimano insider who could spend like an hour explaining why their drivetrains should be run as a whole group for the best shifting. It's pretty convincing!
  • + 71
 Quickly posts eagle review so it can be nominated for a product of the year ಠ_ಠ
  • + 3
 I wonder how much Pinkbike was payed?
  • + 56
 Out of curiosity, is there a "most annoying new standard of the year" award ?
  • + 11
 Knock effing block!
  • + 13
 trek and sram pay pinkbike to much for that category to exist
  • + 4
 Booooost!!! Definitely most annoying new standard of the year. Useless money waster, ugh.
  • + 4
 @bishopsmike: Haha, do you really want to be the one who gets involved in a high stakes, no holds barred knocking situation when you turn a sharp corner? "Well we've finally managed to include all the inconveniences of a double crown fork in a single crown"
  • + 3
 @TucsonDon: I do and don't agree simultaneously. I'm an industrial designer, so Boost gives me fits because the rear gets wide so quickly on a 27.5 with a short rear center, raising the likelihood of heel strikes on the CS or SS, especially with Horst and a pivot back there. That leads to compromises like Pivot's Super Boost or Rocky Mountain's single shear pivots (Slayer). They may work fine (or even fantastically; time will tell), but Boost created new problems that had to be solved.

For a 29er or 27.5+ though, I get it. Boost helps.

Maybe Zerode is onto something. Keep it narrow, strong, *and* light. If anyone ever needed electronic shifting, it's them.
  • + 3
 @Magellan35: I sort of figure if Canfield can make the chainstays on Riots as short as they have, then Boost wasn't really necessary for that. Especially now with the death of the front derailleur. IRT wheel strength, the increase in strength/stiffness from carbon rims is so great as to make the small increase in wheel strength/stiffness from the greater bracing angle of Boost relatively negligible. Sure, it's an increase, but it's such a minor increase, is it really worth making a decades worth of wheels and bikes obsolete and incompatible?

If I go wider in the rear on one of my bikes, it's going to be a damn fat bike, like maybe a Wozo.
  • + 33
 Why not the XT drivetrain? the 11-46 means that barely anyone needs an expander to go 1x any more, the price has never been better, and the performance is great.
  • + 1
 Wolfbooth components 54t expander gives the perfect range for my 5" bike.
  • + 3
 The XT drivetrain was already nominated for the "Best Value" category
  • - 8
flag honourablegeorge (Nov 17, 2016 at 1:39) (Below Threshold)
 Becasue the XT drivetrain is just taking an already heavy cassette and adding range by making it even heavier?

SRAM GX cassette is similar price, wider range and much lighter. Shimano are a long way behind, there's no innovation in their 11 speed kit.

And if you're after value, SLX is cheaper and thee's almost no functional difference.
  • + 8
 Yep, XT
  • + 4
 Best Value is the proper spot for XT because it doesn't improve on anything. It just makes it more affordable and doesn't need the XD driver.
  • + 5
 @AgrAde, you're right, the price to performance ratio of XT is excellent - that's why it's in the running for Best Value Product this year.
  • + 31
 I dare say hope pro 4? The best got better?
  • + 5
 Amen brother !
  • - 10
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 17, 2016 at 0:40) (Below Threshold)
 DT Swiss 240S didn't get better because it doesn't need to. Maybe Hope Pro 7s will get there.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Except they did update them with some fine polishing for their XMC 1200 wheels Wink
  • - 2
 @kitpotato hope aint got shit on profile lmao
  • + 14
 I like hope company but the noise of the hub annoys me a bit. Noise from Hope fanbois is unbearable
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: theyre almost as unbearable as semenuk fanboys
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: Handy though when you've forgotten your bell....
  • + 10
 I support the Swiss. Just in case. Trump won, he's friends with Putin. Sweden feels safer than Poland and Germany, but history proves that Switzerland is the place to be when sht goes down... and they have nice riding there!
  • + 1
 @Theeeeo: god, I think I'm both... I have to be really annoying for you ^^
  • + 1
 @Aprilfisheye: yeah mate. ive reported you!
  • + 17
 An extra gear and a fancy dropper. Wow. Meanwhile a few new tire designs have truely advanced our riding experience. None of the above.
  • + 9
 What tyre are you thinking of here?
  • + 17
 @Tamasz: Hands down it has to be the Onza Shorty.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: Sorry, can you please repeat? Maxxis Shorty? Onza Ibex?
  • + 4
 @Tamasz: haha. Don't you remember the onza shorty's gwin was running all year?
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69: that tire was killing it this year on the YT Mob
  • + 4
 It's a fancy dropper that's better and cheaper than all of the sh** reverbs fitted on every bike out there. The reverb on my Hightower was used like 15 times and it's done. Freaking worst product I have ever dealt with. After thousands of complaints, I would hope they figured something out. But nope, they just like rebuilding crap. Maybe I should send them all my suspension for rebuilding?
  • + 1
 @pigit77: Every Reverb i've ever obtained (I would never buy one but have gotten plenty of them on complete builds i've bought) has needed service. Every one. It truly is a POS.
  • + 1
 @lukachadwick: ouch - camouflaged tyre I suppose? Damn those insider jokes Wink
  • + 1
 @pigit77: But is it really fancier, better and cheaper than all other droppers out there? And then by such a margin as to really justify what is essentially an identi-kit cable dropper being one of the three very best components of the year?
  • + 1
 @mgolder: It works, all the time. That's a first for a full-feature hydraulic dropper. Is it enough for component of the year? We'll see. But I can see an argument for nominating it.
  • + 2
 @TheRaven: My Giant dropper worked all the time whenever I wanted it to, cost peanuts. What exactly is a 'full feature' dropper anyway? Push lever, goes down. Push lever, goes up. Plus I don't consider hydraulic internals only to be a hydraulic post. The reverb is a true hydraulic post as that is how it actuates, the transfer is a cable post. And then you have to pay extra for a lever for it to even work. . .

Good? No doubt. But really, possible component of the year is ludicrous.
  • + 1
 @mgolder: Yes, the Giant Contact is the ONE OTHER hydraulic post that's very reliable, that's true. But it's a rarity outside of Giant OEM products, and only comes in one clamp size.

The Reverb is not a true hydraulic post just because it actuates hydraulically. A post is a true hydraulic post if it's motion is controlled by fluid, as opposed to mechanical spring like the Specialized Command Post. So a Reverb is a hydraulically actuated hydraulic post.

Basically Fox has managed to offer a very reliable, hydraulic, infinite adjust seatpost with the requisite options cheaper than anything comparable that's currently available. That's why it's nominated. Should it win? I dunno.
  • + 2
 Never mind pink bike and the mtb world...Specialized created something NASA would be proud of in the command. If you don't watch your tackle, that thing will shoot you to the moon.
  • + 16
 Why no reverb 170mm or 9 point 8 fall line? Longer droppers genuinely make things better for us tall guys, unlike updated fox post
  • + 6
 Really high 5!
  • + 2
 I was excited about the 170 reverb until I started riding it. After a handful of rides I had the 15-20mm of squish develop that the new IFP was supposed to fix. Rockshox sent a new one out and this one did the same after maybe 2 rides. Now it's back down to 150 anyway. It also hovers 15-20 mm up from full drop so it completely defeats the purpose of having a 170mm post. Anyone else have this problem? Is 170mm of drop just too much leverage for the internal seals to handle? Am I just unlucky? I'd much rather have the transfer 150 if it will work for 6+ months with no service.
  • - 1
 Cause the Reverb isn't real great? and the 9point8 is available every now and then? The transfer, like all fox products, just works. All the time. Forever. In the space of dropper posts, that is kinda revolutionary...or at least, something that no one else offers in a quality hydraulic post.
  • + 2
 Genuine question, why do people crave longer droppers?

If you look at all WC dh rigs the saddle is never as low as possible and they ride terrain that is far above what most normal riders do.

So why is it people riding trail/enduro/whatever feel the need to get the saddle down to the seatclamp?
  • + 1
 @Racer951: Personally, I need about a 2" dropper. I HATE having my seat all the way down, so my dropper moves from full extension to about 2" down from full extension, that's it.

However, frames are different. I actually cannot run a dropper longer than 125mm on either of my AM bikes or I literally would not be able to reach the pedals. But there are frames with much shorter seat tubes that have enough room, and for guys that wish they could have their seat below their BB for descending, that's perfect.

That said, those riders are clearly the minority as 125mm is more than plenty for the majority of riders out there.
  • + 1
 @Racer951: A Dh rig is completely different to an enduro/trail bike though... I'm 6'5" and I ride an XL (21") Mondraker Foxy with a 150mm dropper post as my trail bike. DH bike is a large Demo (Yes, I know I need an XL really). The frame on the demo is considerably lower and so have to have the seat extended a fair bit to be in the right position, but on the foxy, with the dropper set so I can still pedal the ups effectively and with it completely lowered there is about 3.5" of seatpost out of the top of the frame which puts me in a position way higher than on my DH setup which can make it way sketchy on the proper steep stuff.
  • + 1
 @TheRaven: Apparently you didn't hear about the Entire EWS team that had to ditch their Fox "just works, all the time, forever" dropper posts this year so that they could continue racing! Oh, and to keep Fox from the embarrassment, they used competitor posts and blacked out the names! And by the way, to the "Fox is always awesome" crowd, they have had to retool that dropper post 3 times....let's hope they got it right finally.
  • + 1
 @naturechild15: No, I didn't hear about that. I was not able to find any mention of it in a Google search either. Can you provide a link to the story? I'd be interested to hear what happened because until now, i'd never heard of anything like that.
  • + 11
 Shimano is my favourite, I don't care. Either company could have released 15 gear cassettes 10 years ago if they wanted, and any Shimano products I've ever owned have been ace.
  • + 6
 Yep, Shimano
  • + 10
 I've gotta put my vote in with OneUp. I put on their 50T kit before a big trip to Colorado. On 21% grade trails, the big cog was a lifesaver and let me keep pedaling where normally I would have struggled. A lot of people say that you can just "get in better shape" or "push harder", but when you're traveling from sea level to 7000ft, acclimation is a bitch. These big rings are great for recovery on long climbs so that way you aren't dead at the top and can enjoy the descent. The OneUp kit has an amazing fit and finish and performs exceedingly well so far in my experience. No backpedal issues, the shifting is buttery smooth, and install was a breeze.
  • + 8
 My Fox Transfer is only about six weeks old, but it was rattly out of the box. I can't fault the reliability or function so far, but the noise it makes on hike a bike sections is mildly irritating at best.

Has anyone else had this experience?
  • + 4
 Mine's a month old. No rattles yet, it's just another dropper that works as it should... no idea why it's been shortlisted as 'Component of the Year'
My component of the year is my brakes. Couldn't be here without them Smile
  • + 1
 i wouldn't describe it as rattly. There is a touch of play in the head of mine which is a small annoyance. but other than that pretty darn reliable.
  • + 1
 Mine seems solid. No rattles (the lever if you don't have the cable tension high enough - but that's every dropper ever). I'm coming from the DOSS, so far this one seems a bit tighter, but I never had rattle issues with the DOSS either.
  • + 1
 I'm coming from a Lev, which had barely any rotational play, and that tiny bit was silent. It did stick down though if I left it down over night. It would take 20 seconds to release. Then it scratched up and they gave me a newborn under warranty. The transfer has been functionally perfect, but the rotational play is maybe a degree and it is very slack and noisy when it rotates. Suck it and see I guess. At least I bought it locally so I can sort warranty out easily. A dropper is something I would never buy online, unless the saving was huge.
  • + 7
 Even that eagle is amazing, it’s only the successor of the also perfect working XX1. Can’t comprehend why it’s nominated. Shark is worth nominated due to it makes 11-50t available for standard shimano drives. My Fox Transfer works perfect since half a year, but that is what it should do and what it was designed for, pitful why most of its competitors failed. But is this is worth a nomination? Not in my eyes. Have a look to the new dropper design from Eightpins, that’s worth a nomination!
  • + 2
 @sluette73, the Eightpins dropper was nominated for Innovation of the Year. It seems like a great concept, but because it hasn't officially been released yet it wasn't in the running for Component of the Year.
  • + 3
 Still riding on used xx1 group with zero complaints, fast smooth shifts, under stress, backpedaling, whatever. This rear 11 speed cassette was more expensive new than the new 12 speed Eagle. Not sure why we are comparing a budget XT group to a top tier...? Like saying why would I buy a carbon full sus when I can have a nice alum hard tail. Xt is not a new product, if it is to be nominated it should be in the best bang for buck section. Eagle is the first 12 on the market, came out this year, makes sense to me
  • + 10
 What about a folding chair ?
  • + 0
 Ah beat me too it.
  • + 1
 Yup, XT
  • + 5
 I wonder if I can write a whole article about a folding chair, and still get paid?
  • + 1
 Only if it folds consistently for 6 months
  • + 10
 Meh
  • + 5
 Can't really identify with the choices. Fox dropper post - does what the box says. So? OneUp - maybe, but XT 11-46 cassettes make it virtually redundant, and expensive looking.
As for the Bald Eagle - well the name should disqualify it instantly. Its also just too expensive. Again, XT 1x11 almost beats it on performance and kicks it out of the park on price.
  • + 8
 Yep, XT
  • + 4
 XT, Srams nemesis since the early 90s.
  • + 1
 On the dropper, I think it's because so many droppers don't do what they say on the box reliably, looking at you Reverb and KS. Agree on the OneUp now that Shimano is making the 11-46. Eagle is a top end drive train that's in line with XTR, so I don't buy the too expensive argument. XT is great, but it sounds like they are considering that a 2015 product.
  • + 1
 Sram GX is XT competition point not xx1 or eagle
  • + 2
 XT...So cheap and so good!!!
  • + 7
 Pinion C1-12? Weight and price are coming down. Maybe by 2050 we can be riding gearbox bikes.
  • + 3
 Vecnum moveloc.
Dropper post with 4 steps (instead of adjustable in every position ) offering travel options in 140,170,200mm. With a great price tag 369 euro, no hydraulic, that can fail, it is the lightest in every travel class. You have a failsafe button on the seatpost to adjust it if your hose is torn apart, it is the only adjustable seatpost, that even passes tests for non adjustable seatposts and you can completely service it with only a 4mm allen key at home.
  • + 3
 Love my Fox Transfer1 Although I went for the performance option as it comes in black and matches my forks and shock.

Looks great, works and I love the ergonomics of the shifter style lever. Always swore by KS but the Transfer is trouble free so far. Saying that it hasn't required a service yet which used to take me about 20 mins on the old KS. The transfer has to be sent off :-(
  • + 1
 Ha, I did the same, bought 1 performance transfer to match a Manitou fork with black stanchions and another to match my Lyrik's black stanchions. I highly doubt there is any performance difference between the Kashima.
  • + 2
 This is about component of the year and not invention or modification of the year. I would have though Pinkbike could have nominated something that just works.... has been around all year, maybe longer and might be a component that the majority use. The high roller, the mighty angle headset, the odi ruffian grip, the saint chainset. I don't know what the majority ride around the world that just woks, just suggestions.
  • + 2
 I suspect Pinkbike is on Fox's payrole. all these nominations and always glowing reviews stating how amazing fox are, yet in the real world only one out of around 10 of my riding friends runs Fox. many of us have had Fox before but its never given a standout performance.
  • + 19
 Float X2 can definitely give a standout performance
  • + 1
 I'm not sure about that however I have fairly high end fox forks and there really not that amazing I agree. absolutely nowhere near as good as rockshox suspension I've had.
  • + 16
 The X2 blows everything out of the water...
  • + 4
 For me the X2 Coil and the Transfer are two class leading products... As for the forks nominated, I'm not so sure...
  • + 1
 it just blows period
  • + 1
 I don't think just because your friends aren't running Fox doesn't mean it's bad. New Fox stuff, and in particular the Transfer are truly great products. High price, yes, but worth it.
  • + 3
 Because Pinkbike doesn't only talk about products you and your friends use. Pinkbike looks at products that everyone uses, and how those products perform for the majority. Fox's products just work, all the time, every time. That's why they win alot of awards. Performance may be subjective, but whether something works or breaks is very simple to evaluate.
  • + 2
 My Fox X2 arrived broken straight from the factory. Even before I had one ride on the shock I had to return and have them fix the shock. Years ago I had the same thing happen, so this is the second Fox shock I've had to return because it was DOA. As you said these nominations are a joke, especially when the Fox dropper is nothing special compared to other dropped posts. If anything 9point8 should be the nominee since they have arguably one of the best droppers, not Fox. Fox is equivalent to Sony in the electronics world, overpriced and mediocre performance.
  • + 2
 @TheRaven: Yes, in some respects you're right. I am purely speaking from my own experience, and in my opinion the way in which suspension units I have used and the way they have worked for me is the only way for me to measure their performance. I cannot speak for whether fox is overall more durable or versatile for other mountain bikers but then neither can pinkbike reviewers, after all they can only be speaking form personal experiences too.just my opinion, correct me if I'm wrong.
  • + 0
 @dougiem8: Pinkbike reviewers see alot more products and trail miles than you or I. I'd venture to say more than us and all our friends combined.
  • + 2
 @TheRaven: You're entitled to your opinion and so am I so let's just agree to disagree.
  • - 1
 @TheRaven has the point IMHO. But at the end of the day these guys just meet and chose something and the only stupid thing one can imagine is that they would try to chose products in a way that would satisfy the possibly biggest number of Pinkbike users... they chose something. It's their site. We have agree than nobody gives a sht who disagrees. You can't satisfy everyone in the world, and whiny btches are always the loudest (apart from trolls)
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: All I said is I don't prefer fox suspension, I didn't expect such a deluge of commenters furiously disagreeing with me.
  • + 0
 @dougiem8: your logic is always faulty when you meet a fanboi Big Grin I like Fox forks. From 2011
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: All right well that's that cleared up. what forks you got waki?
  • + 1
 @maglor, have you tried the Transfer post? Or the latest version of the 36? It's not a conspiracy - there's a valid reason these products were nominated - because they work very, very well.
  • + 2
 Hopefully this is the last time a conventional groupset gets a nomination... Those massive cassettes and dangling derailleurs have reached the apex with this Eagle eye-sore....

It's about time the big players take a leap of faith and bring gearboxes to the masses... Screw seatpost diameters, threaded/unthreaded BB's and petty hub spacing standards... That would be true innovation...

SRAM and Shimano... Take us into the future and stop polishing these turds of the past
  • + 3
 So shark vs eagle huh? Makes me wish I was back in rotorua... that was at least my best of _______ this year. Not worrying about upgrades but taking a trip to a new place and finding amazing trails and meeting great people.
  • + 1
 @jaame my Transfer developed a fault after a couple of weeks (used to get stuck half way and something was scratching the stanchion), however i sent it back and in 2 days i got a brand new one. I was also surprised with the amount of side-to-side play it had out of the box (at least compared to my previous Thomson) but I'm told its normal.
  • + 2
 Neg propped for stating your experience with a product, pink bike has some strange peeps lurking about
  • + 1
 @bigburd: why is it strange to you? Just stating the fact that it looks like all droppers can have issues, even the ones like the Transfer which is supposed to be bombproof! It's the manufacturer warranty and quick turn-around that seems to be important when it comes to droppers!
  • + 1
 @gbcarmona: I think you misunderstood what a I meant, I was agreeing with you, but at the time I wrote this you had a negative prop for stating your experience, which is what I found strange.
  • + 1
 @bigburd: oh sorry mate! Apologies. Yes I agree with you...i always like to hear the good and bad experiences with a product...it's always very easy I say what we have is the best out there...as much as I think the Fox is the best looking dropper, I'm not sure it's the best.
  • + 1
 Would like to just point out that Mojo were nothing but awesome dealing with the issue btw!
  • + 3
 Ah mountain bikers. Bitching because something is new and different and also bitching because something is new but not different enough.
  • + 4
 E*thirteen 9-46 cassette. Bigger range than eagle, and compatible with Sram or Shimano.
  • + 1
 Have you had any experience with the 9-46 cassette? I'm keen to try one!
  • + 4
 That cassette does look promising, but we only just got one in for review - we don't have enough miles on it to include it for Component of the Year.
  • + 2
 @jaydubmah: I've spent some time on the 9-44 11 speed version. It's awesome.
  • + 1
 @m-t-g: Thanks for the beta!
  • + 0
 I have a 2016 Giant Reing with 11-42 cassete. with a 32 chairing it's realy hard to go uphill since I live in a place with steep up hills. I bought the 45 tooth cog from One Up and I was disappointed since from 42 to 45 was a small gap and did not improve my uphill riding. Now I bought the 50 tooth cog and I think it will work great I will install the cog tomorrow. I had the option to buy a full Eagle group for my Reign but that jewelery price tag is pathetic, specialy that we all know that soon Sram will release a much cheaper 1x12 "grupo". I prefer the Sram feel in the trigger so when they released the cheaper grupo maybe I buy
  • + 1
 My doss is still working. It clunks and rattles and is not Kishima coated but it just keeps working. My Doss so rad that my new Transfer is still in the box it was delivered in under my pillow
  • + 3
 E thirteen 9-44 cassette Sunrace 11-42 price point cassettes Boostinator Wheels Manufactoring threaded press for adapters
  • + 3
 Move on people, nothing to see here...
  • + 3
 how much does fox pay to get all the nominations?
  • + 1
 Millions. R&D ain't cheap.
  • + 1
 they pay there engineers well
  • + 4
 Affordable af.
  • + 4
 Bosch motor?
  • + 2
 Nope.
  • + 0
 Quit glorifying SRAM's attempt to squeeze every penny out of the derailleur market! Derailleur's are going away in a few years. Time to accept the GEARBOX!
  • + 1
 It must be tough to be a PB contributor / writer. So many experts out there.
  • + 3
 yawn
  • + 1
 heavily bribed! 2 fox forks in suspension and here the overpriced Transfer with free plays on every side? Oh, Come on!
  • + 3
 Overpriced? The Transfer is less expensive than most of its competition, and in our experience has been trouble free.
  • + 2
 @mikekazimer: sorry, man, not in our country :/ almost two times more expensive excluding lever
  • + 0
 Roval hub boost conversion kit should have won Surprisingly the big S is providing conversion kits so that people arn't ripped off in having to keep chaning hub size....
  • + 0
 Just like Lindrets and Wolftooth did with Hope, White Ind, I9 and Dt Swiss hubs.
  • + 2
 @mikekazimer Onyx racing hubs.
  • + 0
 Every one of these options feels predictable, and boring. Snooze fest. The conversion kit might be the best of the 3 IMO.
  • + 1
 Component of the year award? Got to be Peaty's new valve condoms
  • + 1
 The One Up 50 COG is really really good and totally worth the money!
  • - 1
 Shimano Di2 not "D12"

I like the nominees, all good stuff though and the gap between the high end espensive eagle and 1up Shark kind of provides something for everyone.
  • + 1
 My 2/9 merida one twenty with head angle 64 is a top dog of last 3 years
  • + 1
 Nothing of interest to me, Chris King still makes the best headsets.
  • + 1
 As usual, I have none of these things, how about redoing last years lot?
  • + 0
 The next Pinkbike Award- Compliment of the year
  • - 2
 It is just me or it is kind of ridiculous to give a 50 tooth cassette ring an award ...
  • - 1
 What about Huck Norris doe...
  • + 2
 already in Innovations of the year Wink
  • + 6
 If there is already a innovations of the year category, the component of the year category is never going to be too innovative.
  • - 3
 Huck Norris
  • - 3
 I didn't even look at what's nominated. I'm just here for the comments.
  • - 2
 Is there going to be a "new standard of the year" category?
  • - 3
 Trump's presidential salary given to me and I still wouldn't have that much economic flexibility to buy high end bike parts
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