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
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!
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 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
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
The finished product turned out not too shabby...
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.
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!
Greg Herbold then and now. Possibly the most entertaining history lesson ever!