Pinkbike Awards: Component of the Year Nominees

Dec 11, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  


Component of the Year Nominees



While a lot of how a bike rides depends on its frame design, the other half of the equation is the components hung on it. Without one or the other, you aren't going anywhere, and the components picked can help a good frame ride great or a great frame ride poorly.

Selecting a few standouts from the huge field of contenders is tricky, and involves plenty of lively debate and discussion. This year, there were four components that stood out from the rest.

Hayes, Maxxis, and Cane Creek, and Shimano all have new products that are exciting and bring something new to the market in 2018. Which one stands out the most?









Why it's nominated

Hayes was one of the first when it comes to mountain bike disc brakes. Back in the day, they were one of the best options, but it didn't take long before other brands came to market and quickly pushed them aside. Hayes put up a fight in the years that followed, but they had a hard time competing against the likes of Shimano, SRAM, and others who simply had a better product. For the Dominion A4, Hayes went back to the drawing board. Rather than simply building on and taking lessons from the past, they designed a new brake system from the ground up that delivers on all fronts.

The goal in development, according to Hayes, was to develop a best-in-class brake, free from past assumptions. The only timetable in development was to get it right the first time - something they had to do considering their history and other options on the market. The Dominion A4 is completely redesigned and offers a high level of performance. It has an excellent lever feel, plenty of power, and wonderful modulation. There is a unique crosshair pad alignment feature that helps center the caliper over the rotor and fine-tune the alignment between the two.

By disregarding conventions and starting from the ground up, Hayes has made a brake that is not only competitive with the other top brakes currently available but innovative as well.


From the review:

bigquotesThe Dominion brake is a winner in every sense, and it had to be if Hayes was going to get another chance at redemption. Throwing out convention and starting from scratch must have been a tough choice for a brake maker that has been in the game longer than anyone else, but it proved to be the right decision. If you are in search of a good brake, start with this one. Richard Cunningham









Why it's nominated

Maxxis have long been one of the most popular choices when it comes to mountain bike tires, especially on the World Cup DH circuit. The Minion DHF / DHR II and the High Roller II are absolute classics, and have amassed an impressive number of victories between them. The Assegai is the latest tire from Maxxis. Designed by Greg Minnaar, the tire takes design cues from both the Minion and the High Roller and incorporates them into one aggressive tire.

Combining two popular tread patterns doesn't necessarily guarantee success, but in this case Maxxis got it right, and the Assegai was seen on racers bikes on both the World Cup DH and EWS circuits. In its inaugural season it was only available with a thick DH casing, but expect this aggressive tire to become even more popular once a lighter, more pedal friendly version hits the market.

From the First Ride:

bigquotesSomehow Maxxis have managed to pull out the best traits of their most popular tires to create something entirely different, yet very familiar at the same time. My initial impressions are all positive – this is an aggressive, grippy, and incredibly predictable tire.  Mike Kazimer








Why it's nominated

Cane Creek, the Western North Carolina based component manufacturer makes a variety of products including headsets, cyclocross brakes, seat posts, and suspension. Now, we can add titanium cranksets to the list. The uber-light, mega-fancy titanium eeWings crankset is built to take a beating.

The cranks are designed for trail and enduro riding and feature titanium everything, other than the preload assembly. The arms of the cranks are made from Grade 9 Ti-3Al-2.5V titanium, and the rest of the cranks are Grade 5 Ti-6Al-4V titanium. There is a hirth joint that joins the two ends of the shaft and can withstand high torque loads. The cranks weigh 400-grams - competitive with a high end set of carbon cranks - and come with a 10-year warranty. Where a carbon crank may crack or suffer a failure from repeated impacts, the eeWings are made to get hit time and time again.

The eeWings are both lightweight and durable, and a surefire way to stand out amidst the sea of carbon. Sure, that hefty price tag is going to be a deterrent for many, but they're built to last for years and years to come.

From the First Ride:

bigquotesIf you ask me, the brushed titanium arms look refreshing and simple compared to carbon, almost like a throw-back, while the subdued laser etching should still look sharp down the road. Mike Levy







Why it's nominated:

Shimano finally joined the 12-speed party with their new XTR drivetrain, which relies on a new freehub body design and has a 10-51 tooth cassette. If you're going to be a little late you might as well offer a bit more range than everyone else, right? There's more to the top-of-the-line gruppo than an extra tooth out back, though; Shimano reworked their derailleur design and the cassette's shift ramps in order to make it possible to shift at any time during a ride, even when you're putting the power down on a steep climb.

The biggest story may be how the new XTR drivetrain transfers power to the wheel by way of Shimano's Scylence freehub system. Two driver plates inside the hub fully disengage while coasting, which means that there's no buzzing or clicking to be heard; it's completely silent, as the name suggests. It's a big innovation for Shimano and puts it in a competitive place for a high-end 1x12 drivetrain that you won't hear coming.

It's the attention to detail that sets the new XTR apart, a level of refinement that earned it the nomination for Component of the Year.

From the first ride:
bigquotes I purposely shifted poorly, waiting until I was in the middle of a climb to shift the cassette into an easier gear. The result? Quick, smooth, and precise shifting every single time, and it never felt like I was doing any damage to the drivetrain.  Mike Kazimer





All of these components offers a solution or advancement in technology. Which are you most impressed by?







150 Comments

  • + 163
 XTR is nominated but it hasn't even started to ship yet?
  • + 55
 Odd, UK shops have stock and I've had it on my bike for a couple of weeks now. Surprised it's not over with you guys in the States yet??
  • + 5
 @rjwspeedjunkie: What's your thoughts on its performance, both shifting and chain slap? What were you running before?
  • + 17
 @dklemm: I was running x01, much prefer the xtr. The shifting action is incredibly light, never felt anything quite so smooth. I'm on a 2019 stumpy which is pretty quiet, so I've not noticed any chainslap at all (not on sram either) The clutch can be adjusted though, so easy to go as tight as sram if you do feel the need to. Biggest bonus though is setup is so much less critical than with Eagle on b screw tension, fit and forget so far!
  • + 3
 @rjwspeedjunkie: Thanks for getting back to me. I'm running Eagle X01 right now and was getting annoyed with the derailleur B-screw slap. I was considering going XTR while preserving the current Eagle cassette. I've even heard it is possible to use an Eagle shifter with the XTR derailleur (same or nearly identical pull ratio). I'll wait for more people to ride the group who came off of Eagle before I jump ship.
  • + 4
 @dklemm: No problem. I can confirm that all of the components do seem to work together. The sram cassette is currently a must for me, as I'm not going to use cup and cone hubs and need to wait for licensing to kick in on Hope hubs before I'll change that bit of the puzzle!
  • + 0
 @rjwspeedjunkie: Got mine fitted with a DT Swiss hub. Well recommended over a Hope bawled hub.
  • + 15
 @timbud: good call, but I'm a tart and like the colour of my hopes ;-)
  • + 5
 @dklemm: Ive got it on an X01 cassette (for the mentioned Hope reason). I like it, seems well designed and works. Things I notice:

Shifting. I think X01 is slightly lighter in action, and I prefer the ergonomics of the X01 lever. Both work well though, no complaints on the shift, just the position of the paddles seems a bit odd having come from X01.
Mech. Seems very well made, and very shiny Smile I think its the strong point for the system
iSpec EV - An improvement on the previous iSpecs with in theory more movement, but it seems like they added the extra angle and L/R adjustments at the end of the range where you don't need it, but its still possible to get a nice set up.

Overall I think its a nice alternative to X01/XX1 and much cheaper. The shifting is similar to XT in 11 speed, with that hesitant start to the lever movement, but its solid enough and functions well on the trail.
  • + 1
 @BirdBikes: Interesting to hear, I honestly found the shift action on xtr to be a world apart from x01, so it's strange that you have found the opposite.

I'll be interested to hear back from a few other guys I know who have made the change recently to see if the views are all mixed!
  • + 3
 Exactly my thoughts. Not only that but the few XTR groups I've seen in the wild have had creaky cassettes. Too early to nominate for component of the year for sure...
  • + 4
 @BirdBikes: to me 11 speed XT shifting feels a step below GX Eagle, never mind X01. That’s not promising for a top of the line set up.
  • + 3
 It’s also a component group, not a single component.

Who’s seen the Hayes brakes in the wild for that matter?

These “of the year” Pinkbike posts are the worst “of the year” jumbled together crap filler articles with grey linkages of subjects and poor execution, or products that aren’t out. Like Fox Live last year. Still haven’t seen it in the wild yet even a year later. Cmon Pinkbike, let this go the way of Interbike.
  • + 2
 I take your point - to a point. But I don’t think Pinkbike exists to rate consumer trends, singletrack hype, or bike shop buzz (at least not anywhere near exclusively). The point is professionalized reviews of quality items; they have met those criteria. Our resentment at the admittedly slow release or high cost of some of these items shouldn’t take away from the legitimacy of giving these products high scores. Make a great product, get a great rating. Everything I’ve read - and I pay attention - says that the pros love the new XTR groupo, while the Cane Creeks are supposed to be phenomenal. Regarding the latter, check out the dream bikes the staff at Bike Mag built for their “dream bikes project” in a recent issue. Almost all of them spec’d Cane Creek, have ridden the bikes for a while now, and just rave about the cranks - as they should for $1,000. Cheers. @PaulLehr:
  • + 0
 @Karakoram77: notice I didn’t mention the cranks or the new XTR not being out, I’ve ridden both
  • + 1
 Fair enough. I respect the passion either way. You’re abolsutely entitled to strong opinions, stated in a respectful way. My point was just to let detailed trials be detailed trials and a staff of professional reviewers’ careful opinions duly be theirs. So please enlighten us on why the nominees are a “worst of the worst.” Most people aren’t saying anything like that - but you could have information that we don’t. Kudos for having tried them both. Impressed! The more detail the better. @PaulLehr:
  • + 1
 @timbud: Hello!

Which DT Swiss hub, please? Can you provide model/year? I have a 240s from around 2015-2016, are those retrofitable with a Scylence freehub?

Thanks!
  • + 1
 Correction - why the articles are a worst of the worst. My mistake. I read the original pieces and found them more than respectable.
  • + 1
 @ibex: you only get sylence with a shimano hub. But the freehub body compatible with DT’s star ratchet
  • + 5
 I’ve already bought it - readily available in the UK.
  • + 1
 @ibex: DT make their own star ratchet freehub in the Microspline pattern to fit to your hub.
  • - 8
flag myfriendgoose (Dec 11, 2018 at 22:46) (Below Threshold)
 Straight up, if you "need" 12 spd you are a f*cking pussy
  • + 2
 @myfriendgoose: people are still
on this argument??? how dare you guys enjoy innovation!!!
  • + 1
 @rjwspeedjunkie: @BirdBikes: what chain sets / chainring are you guys using? These seem to be the missing pieces of the XTR puzzle!
  • + 1
 @Silentgeorge: I'll likely get called a dentist, but I'm running eewings with a burgtec ring. With single ring, I generally just use whatever crankset I prefer as you obviously aren't confined to the specific groupset component.
  • + 2
 XTR is barely out and unproven, Assegai tyres only just arrived in the UK, the cranks are mental, so I guess its the Fancy brakes?

Or perhaps we should be looking at the one up dropper?
  • + 1
 @rjwspeedjunkie: thanks! You running the XTR 12spd chain too? word was thy don't work with anything currently on the market (except XTR - which isn't!)
ta
  • + 1
 @ibex: The Scylence freehub is specific to the Shimano XTR hub and will not fit a DT Swiss hub. But DT does make a MicroSpline freehub body kit for star ratchet hubs. bikerumor.com/2018/05/26/dt-swiss-already-ready-with-micro-spline-hubs-for-new-xtr
  • + 1
 @Silentgeorge: negative, x01 chain and cassette, xtr mech, shifter, 4 piston brakes and dropper lever. The chain I believe is not compatible due to the inner chamfer that's there for the new chainring profile. That said, ive never used shimano chains with much success, I always and up with sram or kmc. My main focus on xtr is the shifting, which is (as far as I'm concerned, as well as my LBS) is as good as it gets!
  • + 47
 No one alive can confirm the existence of the new XTR... it is a fantasy. An apparition that come and goes with the winds. Some say they caught a fleeting glimpse of something in the dark woods... not quite XT, not quite Dura Ace but those stories are mostly old wives tales children are told when they wont eat there vegetables. My grandpa told me he saw the XTR once... on a carbon mining expedition deep into the Yukon. Folks called him a liar to his face... and he was a confirmed drunkard... but to this day there is a twinkle in his eye when we all gather 'round the old stone chimney to hear the tale....
  • + 12
 Read comment up top. They got it in the UK.
  • + 8
 Had it on my Reign for a good few weeks now:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/16662971
  • + 7
 Next thing you know people are going to believe we landed on the moon!
  • - 1
 Maybe but I am sceptical to whether Earth is flat. Saw an interview with Elon Musk and there is something to what he says. I think I believe most of things he talks about, perhaps earth is the only flat planet, but I am convinced that the other ones are round.
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns:
Pizza is round AND flat!
  • + 1
 Wish I could props this fine tale more than once!
  • + 0
 @cool3: Read the comment from JudyYellow. It is insightful, clever and funny all at the same time. Plus there is a certain truth to it.

If you want to beta test Shimanos product for them, that is your choice, as most on this site, we will wait 'til it proves itself in the real world, then we can make an educated choice on how to spend our hard earned money so we don't have to bitch about manufacturers not properly testing their products in the real world.

We are awaiting your results.
  • + 5
 @tonestar: Shimano don’t have the reputation for using their customers as product testers... thats snother brand you’re thinking of
  • + 2
 @timbud: oh well, I wouldn't say that about their bloody brakes or 11sp cassettes derailling chain from top cogs after 5 degrees of back pedal rotation. #notonsramteam #notonanyteam #iloveeverybody #ipissoneverybody
  • + 33
 The return of Hayes into a crowded market with truly stand out product has got to be on the top of the heap. They originated the hydro disc brake for MTB and between RC's review and the other dozen or so that all rave about the Dominion it's time to give the OG's the nod
  • + 1
 Im pretty tired of noisy shimano pads...
  • + 4
 I'm still running my Stroker Trail (carbon levers) after at least 10 years (been so long I've lost count). They are the oldest piece on my bike - time for a New Year upgrade !
  • + 8
 Worth it for the return of grub screws in the caliper alone Smile
  • + 1
 I tried to buy a pair of Dominion A4 brakes here in Oz, thru the official Hayes dealer. But they arnt going to bring them into the country unfortunately? I was still tired of my Saints, so i now have Magura MT5’s an probably saved about $600au.
  • - 3
 Excited and then lost me at DOT 5.1, not for home mechanics obviously. I can deal with the fluid dangers, though annoying, its the problem that storing a hydrophilic solution eventually destroys it is my problem when I only bleed once a year in a humid climate. Also saying that mineral oil may not be available is like saying a grocery store may not be available.
  • + 3
 @GOrtho: are you serious? DOT 5.1 is more commonly available compared to mineral oil and costs you £6 for 500ml that can be used to bleed the system then throw the remainder and the tub away and get another when it comes to your next brake bleed.
  • + 23
 I thought the head line was “comment of the year”. Surely there should be an award for the best toll because let’s be honest, most of us come for the content but stay for the comments
  • - 15
flag cool3 (Dec 11, 2018 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 Waki wins. Smile
  • + 12
 @cool3: pretty sure even WAKI would disagree.
  • + 3
 I scroll through the comments and look for the Swedish flag to see what waki has to say. Sometimes it's meh but every once in a while he'll strike gold.
  • + 7
 Every year we talk about doing this, but it'd be impossible—there are SO MANY gold comments.
  • + 1
 @colincolin: LOL! Everybody loves Waki (or loves to hate him). He's a winner in my book!
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Or even just a top 50?
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Just invite the top 10 commenters to Whistler for product reviews and shred sessions and be sure to document it. This could be a good series.
  • + 20
 Shimeagle is the most exciting potential new product-when the XT version drops.
  • + 10
 At this point, the XT version has the possibility of being released before the XTR is even available.
  • + 5
 I used to do this with 11spd, Sram cassette with Shimano everything else. Full X01 Eagle has been so good though that I don't miss my Shimano bits.
  • + 2
 @tgent: I do the opposite. Sram shifter, derrailleur, and chain. XT 11spd cassette (which you can get for $70 versus hundreds for the Sram ones)
  • + 2
 Already running shimano 11s derr with eagle cassette. Eagle derr busy doesn't want to stay together Rolleyes
  • + 1
 Honestly the XT M8000 would be more than good enough for me. I'm not owning myself trying to be three seconds faster than yesterday or anything.
  • + 7
 Shimeagle: it's what Bilbo Baggins rides
  • + 1
 @addatx: Interesting, guess it just comes down to preference. I much prefer the Shimano shifter/deraillure to Sram, but the weight of an XT cassette was pretty high, though it definitely wins on price.
  • + 12
 Hayes Dominion is the gangster's choice. They feel so awesome to ride - so much control and power, light lever pull, coming from the brand that took us out of the dark days of V-brakes.
  • + 9
 Dominions are the bee’s knees hands down. If you are wondering why they made this list you obviously have not tried them yet. Power of the saints with the modulation to actually control them. Not to mention they are incredibly easy to bleed.
  • + 10
 Maybe save the XTR nomination for next year? As much as I think I want it the fact that I can't get it shouldn't make it a viable option for this years award.
  • + 10
 Doesn't really innovate or solve anything but, man, I think those cranks are bling.
  • + 4
 I’ve scoured the internet and can’t find a EEWings review. I HAVE to know how the Hirth Joint holds up....

@MikeLevy I thought was gonna have a review.
  • + 3
 @RBWebb: yep @mikelevy is working on the review.
  • + 2
 I thousand bucks for a crank that comes in two sizes. Frames come in at least four, and I am in the fifth group. So jealous of all you normal sized people.
  • + 9
 Dear Shimano, this is the time to tell the pink world, that you will allow all hub manufacturers to use your new standard. Don't be squared.
  • + 9
 Industry Nine is making them now, as well. Not sure about the others.
  • + 2
 @shinook: DT has the new drivers as well. That covers just about every aftermarket and/or shop built wheel. I suspect that the more exotic stuff (Onyx etc.) will have drivers sooner than later.
  • + 3
 Shimano is being super short sighted with the freehub allocation. Just DT and I9 for now, but what if you don't want to use those hubs? Just giving more business to SRAM....
  • + 1
 @covekid: Unless you're a skittle thug and want to be matchy matchy with your anodized colors, those 2 brands cover your aftermarket hub needs pretty well. Frankly, 350 centerlock hubs are the best hub deal going. Same weight, bearings, and driver design as the pricier version (240) and something like 15g heavier. Build a 32h set with your rims/spokes of choice and enjoy a hand rolled set of wheels for waaaaay less than prebuilt.
  • + 2
 @covekid: And you see the kind of person who is buying new XTR as it is being released (ie at full MSRP) choosing something other than I9, DT Swiss or Chris King for their hubs?
  • + 4
 @andrewbikeguide: There are no freehubs for King yet as far as I know? Also, what about Onyx, Project 321, Hope, RF Vault, and E13 hubs (on prebuilt wheels). A lot of people are not getting rid of an awesome wheelset to run XTR. Hopefully Shimano gets their narrow minded heads out of their asses soon and just open it up to everyone.
  • + 0
 Raceface doesn't need it. The rest do @covekid:
  • + 1
 @covekid: the german manufacturers like Tune and Acros are also not allowed to build the xtr freehub.
  • + 6
 A set of 20 year old cranks nominated for product of the year. Quality endures!

Also really want to ride the new XTR. Shimano takes good products (V Brakes, clutch freehubs, 12 spd) and makes them awesome.

Signed,
A Shimano fanboi
  • - 1
 I want to pair SweetWings (excuse me, ee wings) with XTR shifting. After I finish dental school.
  • + 7
 Between class leading lever feel and the unique cross hair alignment system, the dominions seem to actually differentiate themselves. Do the other products really move the needle forward?
  • + 10
 XTR has 1 more tooth on the cassette. Inspired.
  • + 8
 The eeWings preload collar by itself should get component of the year. Fits everything. Never strips out.
  • + 4
 Hayes Dominion would get my vote here, I have been riding them for a few months now and have nothing but good things to say about them, easy to set up and a nice combination of power and great modulation. I even felt a bit emotional when they were good as it brought back memories of my trusty old Hayes 9. Welcome back Hayes. Yet to see an XTR group I was allowed to ride but it looks nice.
  • + 3
 The Bikeyoke Revive should have gotten this price straight away. Pointless to even nominee something else.

There are numerous other brakes, cranks, tires & at least one other drivetrain who is working flawlessly. Has anyone who actually rides their f*cking bike manage to go more then three-four months without dropper problems?
  • + 1
 Specialized Command Post? I have one from ~2014 that's been rebuilt 1.5x
  • + 3
 I vote for the anti- chain slap noise guard thing that Specialized came up with. Now everyone is copying it because they work. Simple, cheap does what it is supposed to do. Or you can vote for over priced, top tier stuff that hardly anyone has seen, let alone uses or needs. Although....the Assguy name is pretty tough to beat.
  • + 4
 The Hayes Dominion is just awesome. I did use it for several months now. Zero maintenance except changing brake pads. No Trouble, great braking power and Modulation is outstanding!
  • + 3
 1st brakes: Hayes
2nd brakes: Shimano
3rd brakes: Scram
4th brakes: Hope
5th brakes: HAYES DOMINION A4, they reinvented brakes once...now twice. The Dominions have revolutionized my view on what it means to actually have brakes that work the first time and every time there after. The bleed was easier than Shimano and out performed anything else I've tried. C'mon people pull your heads outta your sticky pistons...
  • + 6
 The Ti cranks for me all day!
  • + 5
 read this as comment of the year, clicked on it realised component of the year, less interested.
  • + 5
 For me, the award goes to the Cane Creek eeWings. Strong, light and durable. Not cheap, but the good stuff never is.
  • + 5
 Strong, Light, Cheap. Pick any two.
  • + 7
 eeWings all day long.
  • + 6
 Sunrace sold more 12 speed cassettes this year then Shimano.
  • + 6
 Disappointed that various Ashtma medications aren't in the running. Frown
  • + 3
 Don't get me wrong I love the look of the eeWings and I understand that there are a ton of benefits to it's design. But shit man, who's gonna spend $1000-1500 on a set of cranks?
  • + 1
 People that want them and have the $1000 to spend. Not sure where you're getting $1500
  • + 5
 I nominate Deore 11-42 cassette and BR-M520 brake calipers. The real heroes.
  • + 1
 How can XTR be nominated?
2 points I'd like to rant about below: no sprag clutch; cup-and-cone bearings.

If the two design goals of this new freehub were: "silent" & "low engagement interval"... how and why did Shimano land on the complicated behemoth that is 'scylence' design vs a traditional Sprag clutch?
The sprag is simple as hell to manufacture, completely silent in operation, and has infinite engagement points.
IP might be the only thing that would stop shimano from implementing a sprag... but I can't imagine that Onyx (Racing Products) has broad enough patent claims that would prevent Shimano from implementing their own flavor of sprag? Right?

//ok I took a quick pass at the Onyx patent. Note: I have near 0 experience in interpretation and design strategy here.
Anyway, reading over the claims by Onyx (Onyx's parent company...) I see a huge amount of detail in the construction and layout of the entire hub assembly (including sprag).
Any PB users able to comment on this heavily detailed patent strategy and the ability of the sum of those details/claims to hold up in the face of a 'copy cat' alternate design that specifically deviates from one or many of the listed claims?
patents.google.com/patent/US9102197B2/en

From a simple perspective I see the sprag clutch patent as expired, so it must be Onyx's exact bicycle hub sprag implementation claims OR nothing related to IP at all, preventing Shimano from using this (better!) tech. Womp.

Further: What is the justification for Cup and Cone bearings on XTR? To me, cartridge = less futzing + more riding.
Yes, the pre-load of cup-n-cone is nice in concept, but I've found in practice that enough axle tension can still add (compression) load through the 'static' jamnuts of the cup-n-cone system. Because of that, We must monitor axle tension (tightening torque) in either system, so why not do it in the more consistent (non-adjustable) system of cartridge bearings?
Is the argument that the range of acceptable torque applied to an axle is wider for that of cup-n-cone? I guess I can buy that argument; however, that alone isn't enough to justify their use over cartridge bearings.


TLDR
XTR doesn't deserve a spot here due to two critical 'misses' in the design even through the continued optimization and perfection of other details of their shifting systems...(imo)
/end rant.
  • + 2
 Those cranks look sweet, but the 10-year warranty is useless since we will all be running super boost deluxe in a couple years, or whatever the next spacing standard is, and these will become obsolete.
  • + 1
 I think crank width (at the arms/spindle -and- at the pedals (qfactor)) have been pretty similar for a while. I mean, 68mm (road) and 73mm (mtb) have been around for a little while, at least. And Super Boost Deluxe (whatever that is) would probably just need the chainring to have more/less offset from base to teeth. So I think the cranks would still work...
  • + 2
 Wish the EE wings came in a cromo version like Sweet Wings back in the day. I'd take the bit of extra weight for cranks that:

I could afford

Would be stiffer

Would be more impact and scrape resistant than ti
  • + 1
 A groupo that I have not seen yet in real life. Mind you it's XTR so it's going to work flawlessly. A brake set that no one has tried And a thousand dollar Ti crank. These are the almost attainable but only for dentist catagory.
  • + 5
 Eewings .. they are nice. Expensive, but niiiice
  • + 2
 Where are the SRAM components? They are known for being reliable and well made. They should definitely be on this list!
(There is a pinch of sarcasm in there)
  • + 2
 Love those tires. I run them on the front, they are amazing. Would get it in the new double down version next but the DH version suits me just fine, and I climb quite a bit!
  • + 3
 I’d pick the Bike Yoke Revive if they count it as a current year product.
  • + 0
 Are you serious on this? Assegai aside, does anyone really even use these? Sram NX is probably the best component of the year - relatively affordable option for 12speed gears (cheapest even? I didn't look at 3rd party players for cassettes, etc), can use Shimano freehubs so people don't need to buy an XD driver, and does a decent enough of a job.
  • + 29
 Now seeing its in the best value products. I'll see myself to the door.
  • + 3
 @connorjuliusjohnson:

^^ props. Way to be classy. (That wasn't sarcasm)
  • + 2
 A dropper post which works full 12 months, also on the cold, without a full service should be nominated. @SDG-COMPONENTS Tellis?
  • + 4
 The eeWings keep me dry all day and give me the confidence I need.
  • + 3
 EEEEeeeeeeEEEEEeeeeeeWiiiiiIIIIING!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 HOw can we vote on products we cant get?! Assegai tires and xtrs arent available anywhere in Canada!
  • + 3
 not seen any of those products on the trails
  • + 2
 Asegai: the one tire that everyone talks about but hardly available to buy anywhere
  • + 5
 We have stock in 27.5 and 29 =)
  • + 3
 a valid comment, but weird you applied it to the tires and not XTR.
  • + 1
 2019 will be 12 sped XT version of XTR when the majority of us can afford it
  • + 1
 The assegai should not be on this list. Not even the Syndicate could get a good result on it.
  • + 1
 So Loris winning Vallnord on the Assegai wasn't a good result? Vali Holl was also pretty successful on it this season. Wink
  • + 3
 Hayes +1
  • + 1
 Should have been XTR. Shimano’s redesign of the entire line up is very impressive
  • + 1
 At this point XTR is the "high-end 1x12 drivetrain we've ONLY heard is coming..."
  • - 2
 Silly that eewings are nominated when they really haven't revolutionized anything. Would have rather seen something like the 1Up EDC tool (although it's over a year old I think). Perhaps the wolftooth/9.8 dropper lever?? That thing is pretty rad.
  • + 1
 Great point - they blend in to all the other Ti cranks out there.
  • + 0
 Only tire is interesting for me. But they dont do 26" Big Grin fu*k the future!!!
  • + 1
 no nomination for wheels? that's where the money is worth spending
  • + 1
 So, the product itself being available wasn't one of the criteria?
  • + 1
 The eeWings are waiting for you. Smile
  • + 1
 Any idea on when DD Assegai is out..?
  • + 1
 They should be in shops towards the end of the first quarter in 2019.
  • + 1
 My vote is on the Ass-guy tires.
  • + 12
 Bought this tire & some Spank Rims & a Sharpie~ Now everyone gets to see my Spank Ass setup!
  • + 1
 NX Eagle for the people!!
  • + 1
 maxxis
  • + 0
 Don't mean to be an ass, but - Worst named product of the year goes to...
  • - 3
 holy cow. Pinkbike is really reaching on this one. Rider of the year, sure. But component of the year, puh lease. Ain't nobody got time for that.
  • + 8
 And yet your here commenting on it. One suspects you have plenty of time for that.
  • - 2
 Hayes???
there are many better braking system in the market, infect all are better the Hayes, even SRAM is a bit better.
  • - 3
 XTR. It's too bad you can't get your hands on one.
  • - 2
 How can Live valve not be nominated?
  • + 5
 I would expect they saved the nomination for "Suspension Product of the Year" category.
  • + 1
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