Game changing performance. Highly desirable and impressively engineered. The lack of chainguide, or front derailleur and left hand shifter is simply refreshing.
High cost technology. Expensive cassette. Bulky and vulnerable rear derailleur prone to damage.
Flow scored Australia’s first test on the much-hyped SRAM XX1 drivetrain, lucky us indeed.
After the media launch in Whistler we desperately wanted to have this all to ourselves to test on our own trails, away from the watching eyes of SRAM staff and engineers. We really wanted to find the limits to this unique eleven speed system, and we planned to try our hardest to try and drop the chain off the chainring.
A sweet Yeti SB66 Carbon arrived at Flow equipped with Grip Shift operated XX1, and out we went. We gave it hell, we picked it to pieces and we had it all to ourselves. We discussed the costs, the compatibility and the target user. After a week’s solid riding on Canberra and Sydney trails we serve up our verdict here in this video…and beg SRAM for another longer term test on this impressive product. [private]