Remember when I was saying I really hope that 11-speed never makes it's way onto mountain bikes?Well,leave it to the giant red umbrella of shit that is the Sram corp.and all of it's split offs to make quick work of that happening.Once again,TEAM DUMPED! presents to you,"We talk shit on what's in this article."
Why a single ring?-Pinkbike goes in depth about why running a single ring up front is scary to most people,mainly saying that not having a "bailout" gear frightens the general mountain bike homer.Same with not having a similar gear ratio of a double or triple ring up front and a 11-36 out back.Now,in my personal experience with a single ring set up i've found that the now standard 10-speed 11-36 cassette paired with a 32 to 36 tooth chainring gives you plenty of fucking gears to choose from.Sure,32-11 might not be the best for pinning it down the good parts of a trail,but most people who need a 32-36 for climbing aren't going to be wide open on the rough stuff all the way back down,anyway.A person of average fitness can push the 1 to 1 gear ratio of a 36-36 on the climbs,most of those people will also be taking a few stabs at the pedals whilst on a downward slope.So the 36-11 of which most world cup DH racers are running as their highest gear,is plenty.Pinkbike then goes on to say some shit about how this will make 29er's even better and how they're gonna take over the world with their mighty wheel size and ability to make first time riders into UCI race destroyers.
11 speed cassette.-So Sram being Sram they won't give out the actual spread of this revolutionary cassette,luckily Pinkbike was on the case and decided to say it's more than likely going to be a 10-42 spread with some quick math and the general uneducated guess that since all full suspension bikes are based around a 32 tooth ring,that it has to be that size.All I know is judging by the picture of Mr.French Enduro guy's bike,and using a bit of Pinkbike math by guessing that since it's a Cannondale Jekyll,which come stock with a 185mm rear post mount brake adapter,and comparing the cassette to the size of that brake rotor the largest cog size is way too fucking big and ugly.Also,sorry Pinkbike but the 10-speed chain probably won't fit and Sram will produce a XX1 11 speed chain just so bike shops will have to carry a $100+ chain that lasts for 300 miles so they can keep that one rich dude who's kind of a dickface and has a always spotless carbon Nomad with Crankbrother wheels happy.
New rear derailleur.-Here's the jist of what I got from reading that.You stole Shimano's clutch design,added an Avid roll-a-majig,and moved the cable anchor bolt back to where it should be and called it XX1.Fucking A+ to you,Sram.
Modified chain ring teeth.-While they don't tell you much,it appears as though they just deepened the valleys in between each tooth and added a little weird notch on the top of each one,too.Will it keep the chain on?Fuck no,not as long as there isn't an E13 LG1+ near the chainring.
None of this will matter anyway,nobody will actually get to ride it long enough to find out if any of what i'm saying is true because their bike will probably be hung in the rafters of my bike shop waiting on a replacement roll-a-majig piece or warranty XX trail brakes.