SRAM XX1 - brand new groupset released

It used to be the more gears you had, the better. Now it seems evolution is going in the other directions, with less gears the way forward. 2×10 has become very popular over the past couple of years, but some people have taken things a step further, going 1×10.

The new wider range cassettes has helped make this possible, along with people realising they probably didn’t need all those gears anyway. SRAM has recognised the popularity of 1×10 and gone a step further with their new groupset.

SRAM has released only a few details about XX1, preferring instead to wait until July to give us the full fat press release. For now we’ll only know the following:

New 1X MTB drivetrain
Designed for Enduro and XC racing
Innovative chain management technology including TYPE 2
Grip Shift and trigger shifter
Widest range cassette available

Will it be 10-speed? Or 11?

What it doesn’t state is whether the new groupset will be 1×10, or something else. The safest prediction is that it will be 1×10. But the line about the “widest range cassette available” suggests that perhaps they’re ready to launch an 11-speed setup.

But given we’ve not yet seen any 11-speed offerings in the mountain bike world, and SRAM haven’t even gone down that route on their road groupsets, it would be a brave step indeed.

So now you know as much as us. More details soon.

www.sram.com

  1. paulhaysom

    Looks like 11 speed to me, also what are those weird things on the front chainring? Heard murmurings that its magnets…

    1. Jon Prothero

      Thank goodness i have been waiting for this for about five years, less gear hassles and more pure biking experience!

  2. Chris W

    Well it certainly looks 11 speed from that picture. I’m guessing the purpose of those things on the front chainring is to stop the chain coming off some how as its not running any kind of guide. A 1×10/11 groupset is a must really in the current market and would certainly make it easier for most to get into it without needing to spend as much time setting it up

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