Built for XC and endurance racers, the upcoming launch of the SRAM XX1 drivetrain looks awesome. Let’s see… remove the front derailleur from the equation, install an 11-speed wide-range cassette, get a new Type-2 rear derailleur and head for the races. No more annoying front derailleur rub and instantly drop a few hundred grams and potentially a few hundred bucks (no front derailleur or shifter) — the crowd goes wild.

Now, the reality is that the XX1 grouppo is purpose-built and may not find a warm welcome with the masses, but that’s not the point. For the XC racing crowd, this should be heaven-sent. And, with the dinner plate in the back, the gear ratios should be low enough for strong riders to power through any terrain.

With the worldwide launch happening July 9 at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, all I have are some images and a few bullet points. Here’s what I know.

  • 1×11 drivetrain built for enduro and XC racing
  • Uses SRAM’s new Type 2 rear derailleur and chain management
  • Will be compatible with both Grip Shift and triggers
  • It has the widest range cassette available (check out the dinner plate granny), rumored to be 10-42T
  • Worldwide launch at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, July 9-15

More Info: Visit SRAM.com

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A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 –sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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