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Riding The New 2011 SRAM X.0. In Ashland!

Jun 10, 2010
by Mike Levy  
After a morning that started at 2:30 am and a new speed record to the airport in a torrential downpour, I'm stoked to say that I've arrived in Ashland to sample SRAM's new 2011 X.0. 10 speed component group. While the shiny new 2 x 10 bits are certainly interesting, it's the local terrain here in Ashland that has me excited! I'm even going to have a go at racing the 12 mile Ashland Super D this coming weekend.

Read on...Saying that I'm not a good flier would be an understatement, but I'm slowly getting better about dealing with the fact that I'm 30,000 feet in the air and trapped in a tube, just along for the ride. It helps when there's something new and exciting waiting for me at the destination, wether that is new 10 speed parts from SRAM, or fresh trails made purely of hero dirt, it doesn't seem to matter. But the fact that both of those things were waiting for me as we bounced into Medford, Oregon, aboard what was a way too small prop driven airplane, seemed to make the turbulence a whole lot smoother.


Proper shuttle vehicle!
Proper shuttle vehicle!


Waiting for me at the airport was Tyler Morland in the shiny new SRAM mega truck. It's lifted, it's fast, it's big, and it's very black. Under the hood is a massive turbo diesel engine and in the cab you'll find an impressive stereo... unfortunately it was bumping some sort weird, and possibly German, techno music. Questionable musical tastes aside, the plush and spacious leather interior was just what the doctor ordered after having my long dancers leg crammed into the tiny planes even tinier seating area.


A look inside the United Bicycle Institute. Stay tuned for more...
A look inside the United Bicycle Institute. Stay tuned for more...


A week ago I carefully and lovingly packed my personal Trek Remedy into the supplied Dakine bike bag and shipped it off to the guys at SRAM and the United Bicycle Institute. Their job: remove all my beat down and worn parts and replace them with new and yet to be released 2011 bits. It's a hard life I live! I arrived to find my machine hung with the upcoming 2011 X.O. component group that follows in XX's footsteps by using a large spread 10 speed cassette. Doing the stopping duties will be the new Code brakes that look much more steam lined than their predecessors, not to mention being very chrome. I'm pumped to have another go on the new RockShox Reverb telescoping seatpost. I had a chance to spend a few days on the Reverb last month at the RockShox camp in Durango and walked away very impressed.


The SRAM factory trailer parked outside the United Bicycle Institute
The SRAM factory trailer parked outside the United Bicycle Institute


For this camp I'll setting my bike up a little different than the other bikes in the group: SRAM's 10 speed X.0. cassette will be combined with my Hammerschmidt to showcase 10 speed a little differently than you may have seen it. I don't think that it will be a super common setup for a lot of riders, but it is worth noting that a 10 speed chain is compatible with the Hammerschmidt's chainring.


My Trek Remedy taking shape with some 2 x 10 X.0. parts
My Trek Remedy taking shape with some 2 x 10 X.0. parts

The finished product turned out not too shabby...
The finished product turned out not too shabby...

The finishing touch
The finishing touch

Stay tuned for some early feed back of the new 10 speed X.0. group, as well as coverage of the upcoming 12 mile long Ashland Super D race! Dropping about 5000 feet of vertical, with a bit of climbing to keep you honest, the Ashland Super D is going to be blast. Check out last years coverage for a preview of what is to come.


Greg Herbold then and now. Possibly the most entertaining history lesson ever!
Greg Herbold then and now. Possibly the most entertaining history lesson ever!


Lots more coverage to come!

Have questions about the new 2 x 10 X.0. component group? Ask below and you may even get them answered in the upcoming coverage!


23 Comments

  • 2 0
 Concerning the Hammerschmidt x 10 setup; what's the influence on suspension performance of continuesly riding in a granny ring sized chainring? I thought most suspensions systems were designed to perform optimal while pedalling in the "middle" ring i.e. 32-34 tooth rings?

The setup looks interesting enough, but I also wonder if chain "slap" isn't more of an issue when riding in high speed gear, since the chain is closer to the chainstay all the time (small chainring and sprocket)?
  • 1 0
 The main pivot is slightly higher than the HS's ring, but I don't notice any negative effects whatsoever. Chain noise is greatly reduced because the chain can be shorted down to work at just the right length for the 22t drive ring instead of it needing to be long enough to also do a 32 or even a big 42. The guide aspect of the HS also cuts down on some noise as well.
  • 1 0
 Damn school.. I love Super D racing.. the new X0 looks tight and the X0 and hammerschmidt should be sweet, I love my hammerschmidt to death..
  • 3 0
 good stuff
  • 3 2
 does anyone know if you can run single speed with the hammer schmidt??
  • 5 14
flag audeo03 (Jun 10, 2010 at 4:44) (Below Threshold)
 Of course you can run single speed with Hammerschmidt, but that's NOT the point of it.

Have you ever seen anyone riding one cog in the rear AND a front derailleur!? NO. It's retarded. Now, if you could change the gearing of the Hammerschmidt so that the two gears would be closer together, maybe that would be a good idea for such an expensive tool.
  • 6 0
 jeeze sorry, someones on their period today. whats up with everyone getting all bitchy and "know it all" when someone asks a simple question. its not that hard to reply saying....YES, YOU CAN.
  • 5 0
 Not retarded at all. A SS with an optional granny gear to climb to the top of whatever you're riding would be sick. Bike would be super quiet, no chain slap and no rear derailleur to jack up. I'd rock it on a lot of my local trails.
  • 5 0
 i wouldn't say it's retarded...more like impossible without a chain tensioner. i don't see the concept of running single speed with hammerschmidt as such a ridiculous idea. it would allow 2 gear ratios with superb ground clearance and constant chain tension. more weight though. ...don't be so rough on a reasonable question, that's not what these forums are about man.
  • 2 0
 I've seen a picture of it being done. It was a frame builder who used a Hammerschmidt on his personal singlespeed (or doublespeed, I guess?) to give himself a lower climbing gear. I think that was in Mountain Bike Action magazine; seemed like a pretty good idea to me.
  • 2 0
 Ashland singletrack FTW!!!!!
  • 2 0
 how come I'm not there?
have fun!
  • 2 0
 Yeah, really?
  • 1 0
 My SRAM season pass was revoked
;o)
  • 1 0
 I am guessing thats a new lighter XO hammer & I am also guessing that seat post is XO too????????????
  • 1 0
 NOpe that is MIke's well beat down HammerSchmidt that he loves so dearly - it is the AM version though.
  • 1 0
 sweet! i get to go to UBI in august!
  • 1 0
 when can i get my hands on some of this 10 speed hottness
  • 1 0
 When will the Reverb be out?
  • 1 0
 As per the earlier article (www.pinkbike.com/news/rockshox-reverb.html), September is the release ETA.
  • 1 0
 I need one now. I might have to go with the Gravity Dropper.
  • 1 0
 Techno-hating hater !!!

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