SRAM's Prototype 7 Speed AXS Drivetrain - Crankworx Whistler 2019

Aug 13, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

SRAM had Brandon Semenuk's Raw 100 V5 bike on display at Whistler, but there was one big difference from the setup he was riding in Utah. Instead of Brandon's customary single speed, the Ticket S at Crankworx was sporting a prototype 7-speed AXS drivetrain.

The black box hiding the Blackbox goodness.

AXS Eagle was released in February this year as the first wireless shifting system to come to mountain biking. On release, it was a 12 speed only drivetrain available at XX1 and X01 level. The drivetrains employed the same cranks, cassette, and chain as the mechanical version, with the only difference being the 'oil slick' finish (officially called "Rainbow") on the latter two and that appears to be the case here as well. The cassette is their existing 7-speed mini block with a 10-24t range, while the chain appears to have been lifted from an XX1 drivetrain.

This looks to be the same controller as the XX1 and X01 versions of AXS.

The only new bit of tech here is the derailleur. The upper casting appears to be the same as the regular X01 AXS but the parallelogram and lower knuckle appear to be different castings. There is also a shorter cage, as would be expected on a 7 speed derailleur. The technical gubbins are currently hidden by a black plastic cover with five slits in it, which looks a bit bulkier than the current AXS models we've seen. Are the internals are different or is it just different programming with a new bit of plastic to throw people off?

The standard X01 AXS Eagle derailleur for comparison.

We don't expect many slopestyle bikes to be running this 7 speed set up and Brandon's bike is probably just being used as a way to grab attention here. Instead, we see the real benefits coming for downhill racers as a wireless groupset will make life easier for mechanics who strip-down and rebuild bikes many times a year and an even greater advantage could come from the "Overload clutch" that is already found on AXS derailleurs. The clutch isolates the tiny gearbox from the forces of you smashing the derailleur into a rock and allows it to recover from a potentially damaging impact in a race run, as demonstrated on the XX1 derailleur here:
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The system is in SRAM's Blackbox prototyping stage, so it is only available to athletes and details are thin on the ground, but we've been told that there's a chance we'll see it in action on some bikes this weekend. SRAM were very keen to stress that this is only a prototype and wouldn't confirm if it would ever become a production model. We'll let you know any more details as we get them.


123 Comments

  • + 286
 Sick. Now I can do barspins on my DH bike.
  • - 1
 Comment of the day!!!
  • + 58
 All they need to do is design a single crown dualcrown fork.
  • + 93
 @chyu: don't be silly. All you need to do is put a cut out in the top tube, and down tube, for the stanchion to pass through during the bar spin.
  • + 18
 @chyu: AXS Wireless dualcrown forks released 2020Q2
  • + 20
 @chyu: Wireless fork, obviously. Stanchions are so 2019.
  • - 8
flag mitch12345678 (Aug 13, 2019 at 22:36) (Below Threshold)
 @fox let’s see a single crown fork with 8in travel @noapathy:
  • - 6
flag jorgeposada (Aug 13, 2019 at 22:43) (Below Threshold)
 How many bullets does that hold?
  • + 25
 Idler pullys, mixed wheel sizes, twin shocks and now 7 speed gearing the 90’s are well and truely back!
  • + 7
 That Guide lever looks at AXS shifter being installed and be like: “do you even... feel?”
  • - 1
 You always could. Just need to combine it with a oppo tailwhip (unless you barspin a bit weird?!). Bars never end up out of line with the bike.
  • + 1
 @pinhead907: Would be easier to cut the stanchions so they clear the frame. Wonder when they gonna release wireless brakes?
  • + 4
 Yeah the comments I hear the most when going to dirt jumping sites is "I wish I could get expensive carbon rims and electric shifting for my dj bike."
  • + 1
 @chyu: you mean a Lefty?
  • + 2
 @heavyp: Nah. If they bring back elastomer sprung forks, 90 degree head angles, stems longer than the handlebars, V brakes with boosters, square taper bottom brackets and anodized blue everything then maybe Wink
  • + 2
 @deadmeat25: ano purple or gtfo!
  • + 1
 @hirvi: Waiting for wireless brakes as well. Just a matter of time? Hope so. I hate cables....
  • + 76
 yeah, because derailleurs on dh bikes are treated with the utmost respect; cleaned daily and never bashed off boulders. I can think of no component better to spend more money on!
  • - 38
flag megatryn (Aug 13, 2019 at 22:33) (Below Threshold)
 I clean and service my DH bike after every ride. Don't you? Just rebuilt my derailleur yesterday.
  • + 39
 "ahh man, It must be out of battery!"

*looks back*

"ahh man, it must be up the trail somewhere near that rock garden..."
  • + 3
 I can't wait for a battery to get smashed and set on fire. Going to add a whole new spice to the mix.
  • + 42
 honestly, why not invest on gearboxes ?? its the future ! im sure they already have prototypes and its gonna be the next "standard".
  • + 17
 As someone who ordered a Zerode Katipo, I am totally biased but totally agree
  • + 5
 As someone who has a zerode also agree @Ders316:
  • + 15
 The industry avoids gearboxes like they were the spark that caused judgement day in terminator.
  • + 6
 Everyone's been saying that they should. been like forever now.
  • + 3
 It's obviously a weight issue, especially on DH bikes.
  • + 3
 For gearboxes to work mainstream, someone needs to come to a standardized mounting system so frame manufacturers could spec. The consumer could choose what they want from aftermarket suppliers as an upgrade. Currently there is only Pinion which has a mount which frames need to adhere to. There's also a fair chunk of cash invested in traditional drivetrain development of which companies would not want to lose.
  • + 6
 Efficiency and weight are not the main reason why gearboxes are not more common, it’s the excuse.
Gearboxes would be more expensive and probably not cost-efficient for the bike industry. They put NX drivetrain on $4000+ bikes now, so I wouldn’t expect gearboxes ever...
  • + 4
 Not quite corporate suicide, but would definitely be killing the golden goose. Not only would they be killing replacement part business of casettes , derailers jockey wheels and less chains. They would harm there new bike sales ( there main business) as people wouldn’t replace their bikes so often
  • - 4
flag Chilla8 (Aug 14, 2019 at 3:49) (Below Threshold)
 I think the e-bike is a big reason we don’t see standardized gearbox’s. Can’t fit a motor and a gearbox in the same spot.
  • - 1
 Whats the weight of the Zerode G1 etc? To think they'd ever become mainstream is naive, although they'll always have their niche.
  • + 6
 Taniwha owner here. Gearboxes for FTW! Manufacturers need to stop making frames to accommodate electric fucking motors and put gearboxes in instead.
  • + 3
 yes everyone will be jumping to buy heavy, expensive, high-drag gear boxes that severely limit frame design and can't be shifted under load. Next big thing!
  • + 2
 @dthomp325: quite a lot of people buy e-mtbs, which have all the culprits you mentioned, granted on e-mtbs the motor is here to help/cheat.
  • + 4
 @dthomp325: why don't you try running a gearbox instead of your mouth?
  • + 1
 Pinkbike commenters “fvck these new standards I want to run my 26” bike from 1997” also Pinkbike commenters. “Gear box that will 100% not fit in my current frame? Hell ya where do I sign up”. Love it. Just live it.
  • + 1
 @Ders316: If you don't mind me asking, what did you end up paying, and what was your build? Looks like an incredible frameset. How's the ride?
  • + 1
 @skidrumr: it better ride well when it comes! Let’s just say it cost a significant portion of what I’ve made at my internship, but friends at bike shops help a lot
  • + 34
 Every mechanical derailleur ever (except maybe rapid rise) has the same functionality as that impact clutch, because the cable isn't rigid. Any side hit would cause it to move inward and then bounce back to the gear it was in. It seems like a basic feature for an electronic derailleur to not die horribly when hit from the side... Instead it's somehow become a bonus feature that marketing can add to a bullet pointed list for the media to eat up and puke it back all over the public as something extra.
  • + 3
 Its sram, what else do you expect?
  • + 1
 more upvotes, please
  • + 1
 My uneducated thoughts on this are that when a mechanical derailleur is takes a hit, the force pushing the derailleur in is opposed by the cable tension, which may cause the derailleur to bend or the hanger to snap? If AXS can take a hit and shift across without the opposing force of the cable tension maybe it will have a better survival rate?
  • + 5
 @webby01: your uneducated thoughts are wrong, go push on a mech and learn. The spring pulls it outward towards high gear, the cable pulls and holds it inward towards low-gear. If you push from the outside, you're only pushing against the spring (and the chain itself bumping into the bigger cogs, but that's the same with the electronic one), the cable will just bend.
  • + 1
 @just6979: Thanks for the reply. It was pretty late when I wrote that and didn't have my bike around to test it but I understand it now. With that being said I wonder if Di2 has a similar function. Maybe the point Sram is trying to make is that it is offering something Shimano missed (they definitely didnt advertise it if it does). Increasing the longevity of parts is a major issue for someone about to drop $1k on a derailleur. And at the end of the day electronic drivetrains aren't going away, so it's a good thing that they've at least got some damage control mechanisms sorted now.
  • + 17
 WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CARES
  • + 2
 ha!
  • + 18
 Hard pass.
  • + 13
 I'm waiting on the single speed version
  • + 8
 Mountain bikes involve quite a bit of consumerism (a worthwhile tradeoff) but electronic things go past that and are completely avoidable hedonistic consumerism.
  • - 8
flag scary1 (Aug 13, 2019 at 19:53) (Below Threshold)
 Wow. The Canadian From On High.
  • - 3
 Then go back to 10 speed (2x5) with freewheels and no indexing rigid on steel frames with cantilevers. Or earlier: recreate an OG boneshaker using only turn of the 19th century tools and techniques.

Hedonistic is just something not-yet consumerist, just waiting for a sustainable market. And it looks like eShifting found one.
  • + 2
 @just6979: I just wanna say as a Canadian, I want this. Reality is they make it because that's innovation and evolution. It is truly unavoidable. Good news is, if your not a fan, inevitably all the nostalgic items go down in price. At the end of the day, for your average rider this is no benifit, but there are people for example, racers who can benefit from it.
  • + 2
 @jomacba: As a Canadian?!?
  • + 1
 Consumerism is a real thing, people really need to stop burying their heads in the sand about it. Think of all the additional resources needed to make the AXS versus a more basic (and non-electronic) derailleur, and for what benefit? I'm not saying we shouldn't have nice things, but damn there has to be a limit.
  • + 1
 @highfivenwhiteguy: Exactly. Well said.
  • + 3
 @highfivenwhiteguy: Just a few sincere questions:

Who gets to decide what the limit is?

Are you the almighty limit decider? Am I?

How is this limit enforced?

What factors are you considering when deciding which bike parts are too nice?

Thanks.
  • + 3
 @Session603: Great questions.

-The limit is defined based on sustainability. We have to look at what resources are required to achieve the desired goal and if those additional resources put unnecessary strain on the planet.

-The limit is not decided by a single person but instead by group consensus among those qualified to speak on the subject. I am a civil engineer with a specialty in environmental engineering. Before that I spent three years studying humanities and worked in natural resource area restoration and management. I feel that because of education and experience I am qualified to contribute to the discussion. This is no different than seeking riding advice. If the advice is coming from the guy I just saw go around a half-foot root drop I am not likely to listen, but when Minnaar or Gwin have something to say I am going to listen and trust their information because they are experienced and knowledgeable about the subject. So if you or anyone else has the education and experience to speak intelligently about the issue then absolutely you should be a part of determining how to curb consumerism while still maintaining a high standard of living for all.

-This is an excellent question and something I don't really know. I doubt firm, concrete rules could ever be established or enforced. The EPA and environmental movement attempted to put reasonable rules in place that would protect ordinary people from toxic substances being put into the air, water, and soil by industry. Even these simple, common sense rules are apparently too much. It is astounding to me how companies can rally the ignorant to fight for the removal of regulations that protect the very air and water they depend on to survive. The black lung and silica poisoning epidemics are great examples. So my belief is that a culture shift is required, the population needs to start thinking of things in terms of their demand on finite resources and the waste that is produced in order to create that thing.

Think of a thing from a cradle to grave accounting perspective. The raw materials need to be extracted, transported, refined, and transported again. Then the processed materials must be made into the end product. This takes more resources and produces waste. Even something as simple as cleaning parts between stages of production or metal plating. The water and chemicals used to clean and plate parts needs to be disposed of. Then once the thing is complete it needs to be packaged and shipped to market, where it is then sold and used. Eventually the thing reaches the end of it's life and is discarded. What happens to it then, is it recycled or dumped? What resources are required to recycle it, and what harm is done by trashing it? Will metals from the battery leech into groundwater? What about the land required to provide a landfill?

-My decision for whether something is too nice is based on how that thing compares to other widely available options and what benefit that thing provides over the other options. In the case of electronic shifting the additional resources required and waste generated from the production and eventual disposal of an electronic drivetrain versus mechanical outweighs the benefit electronic shifting provides over mechanical. Does someone really need all that extra stuff so that your shifting is easier? I don't recall shifting being that hard, and I actually like being able to feel where the chain is through the shifter. AXS solves the non-problem of shifting being too much work at the expense of additional resources.

Here's the other side of it. Dropper posts are MUCH more resource hungry than fixed posts. But they are game changers for the sport and transform the experience of riding. Disc brakes are another example (compared to cable operated rim brakes).

Anyways, I think everyone having a basic understanding of how their consumption affects a world of finite resources is crucial before any meaningful discussion can occur related to sustainability. Think of it this way, in order for us to have all our toys we consume a disproportionate amount of resources. I'm all for working hard and enjoying life, but there needs to be a balance, a point where we are willing to give up a little convenience and pleasure derived from consumption for the good of current and future generations. I like riding in the woods, and I want to make sure those woods are still there 20 years from now.
  • + 0
 @highfivenwhiteguy: are you f***ing kidding me? Im curious if you've ever heard the phrase "pedantic twat" whispered in your general direction ?
  • - 1
 @highfivenwhiteguy: In the words of every ugg boot wearing, pumpkin spice drinking white girl in America... I just cant even...
  • + 2
 @jomacba: @scary1: Is your reaction to hearing things you don't like always name calling and insults? You have not addressed a single point anyone has made and have contributed nothing to the conversation. If you have counterpoints to make then please do so, this is supposed to be a discussion after all. If what myself or anyone else is saying is wrong then CONVINCE us that we are wrong, share your knowledge and experiences.
  • + 0
 @highfivenwhiteguy: yes, generally....name calling and insults. Anyone that would post the longest post in pinkbike history has no interest in a conversation, they would only care about hearing themselves ramble on
  • + 2
 @highfivenwhiteguy: actually, I felt that this conversation went way off the deep end, and my comments are nearly facetious and meant to be comical. That being said, I hear you points; and while to a certain degree I appreciate where you are going with that, you are coming off pontifical.
Your point of view however, is exactly that, YOUR point of view; Nothing more nothing less. Stating your credentials here has zero influence on the value of your opinion. Your personal views as a mountain bike rider and somebody who cares about the environment are the only opinions that actually carry any weight here. I'm all for diversity, as you have stated you dont agree with this, and on my end I think this is a great idea. Keep in mind we are looking at this innovation from differant perspectives, and this needs to be respected. Just because I dont agree with you, doesnt mean I dont like you. Let's not turn this into another "I'm offended" situation. If you would like my two cents from my perspective as a mountain bike rider... As I stated before, this is something that I can support as a racer. Wrenching your bike once a week to two weeks and doing tear down/ rebuild. This is one less thing to worry about in terms of setup and maintinance. I think that's the goal here. I dont see this being a replacement, nor do I see the ecological impact at this point significant enough to be concerned. You question the impact, yet there is a good chance you wrote your response on a smart phone, arguably the most significant impact to your exact point. Let's also take a look at the amount of people who mountainbike worldwide. Most of whom would gladly rally behind you in order to save our trails. To answer your point of "convincing you if your wrong". Nobody here is calling you wrong, they are just arguing their point of view. You will never have a consensus on innovation... ever.
  • + 2
 @highfivenwhiteguy: I for one found your comment interesting and am not offended by its length.
  • + 1
 @jomacba: Thank you for the feedback. Sometimes in the moment things sound good but looking back they can definitely be a bit preachy and off track. I will work to cut down on that.

Also great points regarding point of view. I suppose what I was trying to say is that just because someone has an opinion on something does not mean that opinion carries equal weight. A professional welder is much more qualified to speak about welding than I am. Would you agree that experience and knowledge make some people's opinions more valuable than others on certain topics?

How do you feel about some issues not being open for debate? I will use global warming as an example. In order to combat regulation and changes the Republican party has attempted to discredit science and bring it down to the level of opinion so that global warming's existence is perceived as being open for debate. This is not right, science does not work that way and the existence of global warming is not open for debate.

Back on topic I am curious, is an electronic drivetrain less maintenance? Wouldn't a more complicated system be prone to more problems?
  • + 1
 @highfivenwhiteguy: I would definitely agree that opinion based off knowledge definitely carry's more weight. I think however, the waybopinions are delivered is important. I can speak with knowledge on this as I am a married man, and I am very cautious on how I state my opinion to my wife. I have been called a "dick" many times.... but that's just her opinion Wink

I think global warming is definitely real. I cant speak to the science though as I'm not well educated in that field, however do have my theorys. All of which are probably bullshit.

I think an electric drivetrain years ago would fall under the problematic side of things. I cant say it wont have its flaws. I think in theory it's a great idea as I have never used it in an applied scenario. I think under the right circumstances it can easily outperform a mechanical version. I also believe it opens up better ways to develop a shifter, as well as avenues for aftermarket shifters.

Take the automotive industry. Before Tesla proved everybody wrong. I think the idea of electric vehicles were better suited for a scifi genre. I think driving a Tesla would easily sway anybody's decision.

I believe innovation is just that. Let's give it a chance to prove it's worth. Who knows? At one point the idea of a 29er bike was laughable... I'm currently on one... I will never go back.
A year ago, an electronic drivetrain to me seemed laughable. I can honestly say the level of innovation I have seen and experienced with my current bike this season from my last seasons bike makes me curious.

I will maintain open mindedness to well thought out and well executed ideas any day. I do agree though, that we should not get tunnel vision over this and we should all support a sustainable industry.
  • + 0
 @highfivenwhiteguy: Who defines the limit...... Shareholders and Profits.
  • + 9
 7 speed on DJ bike... never changed out of 7th.
  • - 2
 I have a 11 speed, had a single speed, but then went to the mountains with my friends, and was blowing it. My legs are too weak not to sit down nowadays though. Pretty much just need stronger legs. Standing up in first gear is like hurting yourself on purpose.......
  • + 8
 AXS wide range 9 speed. That would be perfect.
  • + 1
 yup.... don't need anything more than 9,
  • + 1
 @jaydawg69: Why 9? Not long ago 8-speed was XTR only! Everyone with 7-speeds bitched. I mean if you thing a out it, the 3-speed Schwinns from the 60's was the sh*t!
  • + 1
 @bman33: 7/8 speed had dual rings up front. You can get enough range out of 9 speed if you space the gears well enough.
  • + 5
 @jaydawg69: but your gear steps are complete ass. That's like saying all you need is a quick release and a flip flop hub, with a 50t on one side and 10t on the other. you use other gears when you ride a bike.
  • + 3
 I'd be happy with 11 or less. Twelve always seemed a little silly.
  • + 2
 @spaceofades: I dunno, The steps would be noticeable, but I would be more than happy with something like 11-13-16-20-25-31-37-43-50. For my trails and legs, I could even ditch the 11-13 and ride that range as a 7-speed, kind of the reverse of this 7 speed in the article.
  • + 2
 @BigAlfonz: every roadie I know just about bursts into tears when they hear there's a 8t jump from 42-50 on Eagle. If you do any sort of spinning on your bike you just need smooth jumps, especially on smaller gears. Though I suppose if you just grind up and coast down its not a big deal
  • + 2
 I have been running the microshift advent 9 speed for a couple months now. It’s 11-42 and I’m running a 30t up front. Works great and I would buy it again. I just wish we could get a high end light weight 9 speed cassette.
  • - 2
 @spaceofades: you don't need 50t. We all survived fine at 42t or god forbid 40t ! I used to run 32 front and 36 rear and it was fine for 99% of the riding.
  • + 1
 @jaydawg69: still on a 42 most of the time with a 32t. I really don’t need anymore gears. It’s not even the case of 11 speed works but it would be nice to have 12. I don’t even need 11 gears I don’t use them all.
  • + 3
 Box prime-9 that just got announced. 10-50t I think? Certainly a potential candidate next time I need to replace a drivetrain.
  • + 1
 @jaydawg69: it works fine with 26" wheels, if you don't ride steep stuff, or if you're ok with grinding out at 45 minute climb at 40rpm.

29" + mountains and 10-50 range becomes real nice. I climb 10k+ per week, have top 10% Strava times on most climbs, and am pretty damn fit, and I still use my 32/50 for at least half my climbing.
  • + 3
 @dthomp325: how did you climb with 11 speed? You can't be that fit if half your riding is in that gear.... that's barely faster than walking. You live in the Alps?
  • + 1
 @jaydawg69: 'Can't be that fit.." Bit of a smug statement isn't it? Lots of folks live in steep terrain like the Rockies, Alps, etc. A Bailout gear is nice during long climbs at altitude or and the end of a long day.
  • + 2
 @jaydawg69: maybe you're just used to Fromme and other front-side BC trail systems with cush easy climbs.
  • + 1
 @PtDiddy: Seth debuted the new Box wide range, non-eMTB specific in a video a couple weeks back. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ukSTBkd1ss
  • + 2
 @BigAlfonz: You need a $14 11-34 7 speed cassette and a 22t front chainring.

Let us know how it goes.
  • + 1
 @fruitsd79: that’s hat I’m talking about. Although 42-46t would be nice to reduce those gear gaps. But I still wouldn’t mind trying it out. I like simplicity.
  • + 1
 @jaydawg69: you can easily walk faster than someone in a 50t assuming the back wheel isn’t spinning out or the bikes trying to do a wheelie.
  • + 1
 @dthomp325: Old Buck in 3rd and 4th gear (32/50), 29er and a Stumpy Evo with DH tires. Fromme is either 5th or 6th. I should put a 36t up front but would lose some ground clearance. 42t is all you need and it's less stress on the drive train.
  • + 5
 i imagine it would only take some programming for them to change the amount of gears its for
  • + 2
 "The technical gubbins are currently hidden by a black plastic cover with five slits in it, which looks a bit bulkier than the current AXS models we've seen." Probably so your Battery doesn't get ejected.. I hope this can be retrofitted on to the current XX1 AXS.
  • + 0
 If you look hard at the 2nd photo it Looks like the “Chain gap adjustment screw” (b screw) goes through it .
  • + 1
 In relation to the "black plastic cover with five slits", this just looks like an extra bit of protection to cover the battery presumably from extra potential knocks it could get on a DH bike. I don't think its being used to hide anything secret or throw people off.
I have wireless sram etap shifting on my road bike and it uses the same battery mount as the new axs stuff.


"The technical gubbins are currently hidden by a black plastic cover with five slits in it, which looks a bit bulkier than the current AXS models we've seen. Are the internals are different or is it just different programming with a new bit of plastic to throw people off?"
  • + 5
 The oil slick era. The purple ano of today.
  • + 2
 Go to Fanatik in the village...check the demo in the window. Same thing is on it but a weird F1 style paddle shifter - one in each side of the bars. Apparently it’s some dude from Spec bike.
  • + 4
 That bike prob has never been ridden lmao. Its a sram red mech (roadie groupo) using blip shifters (sprint shifters) it has no clutch and the chain would prob drop instantly.
  • + 1
 @Tristanc: perhaps but still pretty cool. And derailleur looks just like this.
  • + 1
 @Tristanc: saw him riding in the park a couple days before it appeared in the window and it looked sick also the new roadie derailleurs have fancy fluid damper like clutches for the gravel/cyclocross people
  • + 1
 Looking forward to one day when I have enough money to say I just smashed my $500 derraileur on a rock, instead of just smashing $120 derraileurs on rocks like I do now. That's when I'll know I made it.
  • + 3
 Just waiting for the Honda patent to expire, then we can have mechs inside the front triangle with side sliding cassettes
  • + 2
 Thanks, its the first time I'd heard of the rn01, interesting reading!
  • + 3
 I want I need this. Great Addition to my e-bike and Live Suspension. I feel so AC/DC with my Bluetooth
  • + 1
 The overload disengage is so freaking cool. I wonder if it will be able to disengage fast enough to avoid damage in real life, but really cool if so.
  • + 2
 Battery throw into double backflip into battery catch coming soon
  • + 1
 ***********My Dh Needs TerminatorComponents**********
  • + 1
 Looks awesome but how expensive will it be Eek
  • - 3
 Just asked a SRAM rep at Snow Summit Crafts and Cranks event about this and she was a bit coy about it. Enough so it indicated it was in the works. She stated she was not ready for questions about DH applications as she was more familiar with the XC world. It was however very nice to chat with her. My main reason for stopping by the booth was to check out the Zipp rims. I also mentioned I would love to see a motorized seat post. One that could be lowered with out having to sit down.
  • + 1
 @dhrracer
"I also mentioned I would love to see a motorized seat post. One that could be lowered with out having to sit down."

you meant - BMC's Autodrop Dropper Post ? )

www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6QTZafd7Pc
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: For when you're too tired to sit down. We've all been there.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Or when your 6 year old only weighs 40 pounds and can't get the dropper to go down.
  • + 1
 @jasminov: The BMC auto drop is a built within the frame. An electronic version may have to be as well. However what I envision is one that can be programed with stopping points and speed. Imagine one push for down lowers post 25mm one more push may take it to 75mm down, if down button held post would go all the way down and then being able to control the speed down independent of speed up as well as different speeds on up travel. Have it slow down the last 25mm. All the technology exists it just matter of being able to apply it. Then maybe get way out there with voice command control.
  • - 1
 Yes. This is going on my DH bike.
  • + 2
 Typisk norrman... Smile
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