Talk is cheap, have you ordered yours yet?
Cranks are on their way. I'll be running them with a 1X10 until White Industries comes out with the 11 speed free hub body, then I'll fill in the rest. I'll actually have to start riding on the dirt again soon. Hope I can hang. MTB should be ready in a week, or three. Everything in the bike industry seems to take three times longer this time of year.
I can't wait to ride with you, Jim! I need XX1.
Cant wait to see this bike. Keep going into joyride and seeing the big ol box on the shelf sharpied "GRAHAM" I cant help but think that thats not where bike part belong
did i mention, my xtr shifters from recycled cycles were only $35 dollars? (probably cause they are 8-speed:):):))
I can see 11 speeds if it works out, but 10 honestly feels like enough to me. I mostly see it for heavier full squish bikes that need a gear to spin up. I'll wait for XT Shadow Plus and stick it on the goat. Are you going guideless? Have recently been hearing grumblings from enduro friends about it not being as fabulous as described as far as chain retention goes. Maybe set up is key.
I will try it without a guide first, then use a guide if needed. Having ridden everything from Sick Pukes to SW BC on a single front ring for the last 5 or 6 years I think a 1X10 with a 34 or 36 rear and 34 or 36 front does work OK. Even with having to run a full guide, or 1X type taco I see being able to climb without having to be as concerned about blowing out the legs as easily the biggest benefit of this system - plus one more downhill gear. I could see this drivetrain being good for the majority of mountain bike riders. Accessible gearing range, quiet, simple and light. Historically, drivetrain upgrades have not been generally popular when first released. The curmudgeon factor runs strong when it comes to drive trains for some reason. This is all speculation until I've actually had some time in it. John, you continue to be a voice of reason. Ride any bike. Just ride.