SRAM Unleashes 10 speed X.O. On The Ashland 12 Mile Super D Course!

Jun 11, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Day two at the 12 Mile Ashland Super D race saw us put more time on the new SRAM 10 speed X.O. group as we rode the incredible trails that Ashland has to offer. Have a look inside to see photos and a video from the days festivities!

Read on...My second day in Ashland did not start with the alarm rudely awaking me, but with the smell of bacon and the anticipation of my first ride in this well known bike town. Wandering upstairs in a bit of a haze I found what can only be described as Mount Bacon towering before me, as well as cheesy eggs, english muffins, and a healthy fruit and yogurt medley. During our time here we are being looked after by the wonderful folks at Western Spirit. My diet while at home consists of candy bars and energy drinks so I always feel that the Western Spirt crew is nursing me back to good health whenever they are catering an event I'm attending, thanks guys and girls!


Bacon first, fruit and yogurt second, just like how it should be
Bacon first, fruit and yogurt second, just like how it should be

Ashland Mountain Adventures got us to the top of Mt. Ashland again today
Ashland Mountain Adventures got us to the top of Mt. Ashland again today


The plan today was to pile into the vans and shuttle up to the top of Mt. Ashland to ride the upcoming Super D course. Ashland Mountain Adventures provided the shuttle service and it's always a sight to see so many bikes gracing the top, front, and back of the big vans. The drive is fairly long as it is a big mountain, but as we got closer and closer to the summit things started to look a bit... white. As in snow. I was a little surprised as it's nearly the middle of June, but I don't think it affected anyones enthusiasm, although there was a lineup of cold riders who were waiting to warm their hands on the van's heating vents before departing.


This picture makes it look like it was a touch cold, but it was even colder than it looks!
This picture makes it look like it was a touch cold, but it was even colder than it looks!

Once out of the open and onto the singletrack things started to get much warmer
Once out of the open and onto the singletrack things started to get much warmer


What a trail! The singletrack portions of the course are truly eye opening, not just because of the outright insane speeds that you can hit, but also the corners that seem to have come directly from my dreams. The run starts with a super fast fireroad section that was covered in patches of snow and icy mud today which made it interesting to say the least. I felt relatively safe due to the speed governing limits of my bike's Hammerschmidt gear range, but some in our group were going warp speed! Obviously most riders, myself included, would choose a skinny brown ribbon of dirt to ride over a wide forrest road, but there were certainly some fun drifty corners to be had on this portion of the ride.


Ryan checking to make sure his front wheel is still doing what it's supposed to
Ryan checking to make sure his front wheel is still doing what it's supposed to


Don't be mistaken, this is far from being even close to a proper DH race. Soon after the speed session on the fire road you make a left and slowly (for me anyway) climb for about 10 minutes until you reenter the forrest. Now the fun begins. Single track with gently banked, not bermed, corners that seem to hold you up no matter how fast you hit them. Natural lips litter the trail left right and center, with mini transitions that you can reach if you are really moving.


Regrouping, or should I say
Regrouping, or should I say "waiting for that Mike guy from Pinkbike"


Technophiles will be a little let down as the majority of the run is on buff and banked singletrack, but a few rock gardens do come up quickly on you just to keep you honest. On todays ride I managed to pinch flat in both of them... which really sucked! My always questionable line choices combined with equally questionable air pressure and a lightweight tire all conspired against me today. Even though the flow was interrupted a few times, there was still plenty to be had. Tomorrows race should be interesting as there are some heavy hitters here to lay down the hurt. Ross Schnell has been shredding with us throughout the week so far and it's been a real treat to watch him get rad on the course. My money is on him to pull off the win tomorrow. Watch the video below to get an idea what the upper part of the course looks like. There is no footage of the lower buff singletrack due to a cougar that swiped the video camera right off the top of my helmet!


Here's a brief look at the upper fast sections of tomorrows 12 Mile Super D race

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Below are some photos of the new 2011 X.O. component group for you to get the first look at! Tomorrows update will be full of all the techno-geekery that you'd expect, but for now have a look at what's coming up. Stay tuned for all the info!


My X.O. equipped Remedy in the front yard of our house. Not a bad view!
My X.O. equipped Remedy in the front yard of our house. Not a bad view!


The new X.O. carbon cranks are hollow and filled with a rigid foam
The new X.O. carbon cranks are hollow and filled with a rigid foam


Shift points On the new rings work together for fast and consistent shifts, even under load
Shift points On the new rings work together for fast and consistent shifts, even under load


The new X.O. 10 speed cassette is impressive
The new X.O. 10 speed cassette is impressive


SRAM's X.O. shift and brake lever
SRAM's X.O. shift and brake lever


X.O. rear derailleur
X.O. rear derailleur


New Code master cylinder
New Code master cylinder


Stay tuned for more coverage of both the 12 Mile Ashland Super D and all the info on SRAM's new X.O. components!


41 Comments

  • 7 1
 new codes are godly
  • 1 0
 Where are the rocks in the video? It looks pretty buff. Is that the case? SRAM and avid will still have Elixir brakes. The XO is a version of the Elixir. 1 step below the XX. So righteous for All Mtn. Hell Yea! ....hmmm I haven't seen X9 brakes yet. I think it goes into the normal Elixir line below the XO.
  • 1 0
 There are XX, X.0, X.9, and X.7 brakes. They are the XX, Elixir CR Mag, Elixir CR, and Elixir R brakes (respectively).
  • 1 0
 I only wish that SRAM would have stayed away from the proprietary bolt patterns for their 2x10 setup, since I would love to be able to run 10-speed chainrings for a 2x10 dual ring guide setup on a long travel AM bike.
  • 1 0
 i just saw the new Codes in person yesterday and they look awesome. the new X9 and X7 though - kinda lacking. also saw the new XTR cranks yesterday and they sure look hot! a lot more flash than these XO CF cranks.
  • 4 1
 does anyone really need a 10 speed rear derailleur?
  • 5 4
 no,lol, I'm still using 8spd.
It's simply a money grab.
  • 2 0
 well, no. before getting too lazy and moving to freeride and all mountain, i used to do a lot of XC and road riding. a 7-speed cassette was not enough for me, the gaps between different gears was too big even for a non-pro like me and it wasn't nice. now with 9-speed cassette things are pretty different. may be it will be even better with a 10-speed one, however i'm pesimistic about the 11-36 cassete - this is just a normal 11-32 9-speed one with a 36t added, it's no different. th 11-32 10-speed cassette - that's the real deal in my view.
  • 1 0
 Everything is nice, but all i see is how much everything will cost. I hope they make it half way affordable. C.R.E.A.M $$$$$$
  • 2 1
 Those components are very tempting! I cant wait till the new stuff comes out so everyone can play with it!
  • 2 0
 I'm in love with the code!! But X.0 brake look's great too..!
  • 1 0
 Im glad the snow is now away .. see you up there sunday.. and i thought they were releasing a new seat post??
  • 1 1
 the new codes are ugly. Now all there stuff looks the same. I mean there amazing brakes, but dont like the new look. hopefully more reliable too.
  • 1 0
 If I was in a poker game and had to bet on one groupo set, I'd go SRAM! Welcome to Oregon spring 2010!
  • 2 0
 still no X.0 front derailleur?
  • 2 0
 That shit is tight! Weight on these products?
  • 1 0
 I hope Harlan P. brings some east coast pain to Ashland. Get it!
  • 1 0
 dibs the new code... they look like car brakes! love it!
  • 1 0
 what they dont tell you is the price!
  • 1 0
 looks sweet
  • 3 2
 yeah,no kiddin...sram makes realy nice stuff,and innovative too..cool stufftup And the new code looks stunnin'!!!Blank Stare
  • 3 2
 the new code...an elixer lever with code caliper, just for those who didnt know shaved about 180grams i hear
  • 4 2
 But the levers on the codes look terrible!
  • 4 0
 Hopefully the code master cylinder will be more reliable then the previous versions...
  • 11 2
 funny how now it is the top gear around, but in 5 years it will be like heavy and useless shit...
  • 4 7
 cool stuff. still like shimano more.
  • 2 0
 So if there are X0 and X9 brakes... what's the difference between them and the Elixirs? What will become of them?
  • 2 0
 i think they turned the elixers into the xo. so no more "elixer"
  • 2 0
 PIMP MY LIFE
  • 2 1
 I thought elixir replaced the juicy's and the xo stuff is considered the higher end component... not the replacement of elixirs
  • 1 0
 nope, there are some very expensive elixirs like the CR mag and the CR. they are for sure more expensive than the X7 brake which is in fact an elixir R. my guess is both lines will be sold as they are, however the X7 through XX ones will be a little more expensive and their targets will be the people running full SRAM drivetrain and brakesets. as for the new codes, they are pretty sweet. till now, i didn't like codes because of the old technology in them - they are a on/off type of brake, without modulation. the new ones - mmmm-mmmm, nice. it's very tempting to change my elixirR/juicy 5 brakeset with a pair of new codes, even though if my present brakes are enough for freeriding. gotta think about it. Razz
  • 1 0
 I love the looks of the XO lever!
  • 3 1
 i want your bike!
  • 5 2
 I'm sorry but 10 spd dh gear is gay as F**K!! and those pad contact adjustments in the new levers were the biggest problem for the elixir cr's, they always needed bleeding. I'm sorry but if this is the future of sram then I'm switching to shimano
  • 6 0
 true that easykillah. That is why 10 speed is not for dh, and more for xc and am, where the additional gears will be useful climbing. But yea, for dh, it's pointless unless your a crazy ass racer. I'd be content if they made a 4 speed conversion for dh. All you really need. Fast, faster, fasterr, fastest. lol. O and that comment from the brazillian dude, just because something is old... doesn't mean it's useless. Far from. People just follow trends... The trend right nos is light as possible. Reason why these parts won't last as long as the older generation of parts. Whatev, not everyone requires featherweight bike parts to have a good time. Thus making older parts just as good in the fun factor range as new tech. After all.. does any of these new parts increase the fun you will have on a bike. I don't think so.
  • 1 1
 I'm soooo looking for these new Code brakes and x0 shifter!
  • 3 0
 Brazillian dude's just sayin how fast things change

and ya why 10spd? doesn't that make the chain skinnier and weaker? I couldn't care less about an extra gear in DH. 9 is enough to deal with
  • 1 0
 very nice
  • 1 1
 That Derailleur looks hot!
  • 1 0
 Sick.........
  • 3 2
 Hey SRAM, send me a kit!

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