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Friday 3 July 2009


I’m scouring the net, to find out about Avid’s Matchmaker. It led me to some other thing.


SRAM XX - SRAM's first MTB groupset, featuring:

·         2x10 gearing system.

·         2-ring crankset (not planetary ones like HammerSchmidt – too heavy for XC).

·         hydraulic pushloc for Motion Control (essentially, a lockout).

·         10 speed cog - CNC machined from solid metal block.

·         10 speed chain (okay, they’re using their road groupset for this).


Okay, this news is rather old. It was first unveiled in late May in Italy. Slated to go on sale this month.


sram xx groupset.jpgMy current setup on the Bianchi is SRAM/Avid/Truvativ/Rock Shox componentry. I vouch for the smooth shifting of the X.9’s, paired with Stylo GXP crankset. So yes, I’m glad that they’re finally coming together with this groupset. One thing I really like about it is how boundaries are pushed, revealing innovative ideas and put to reality.


I doubt that they are going to be cheap. The rivalry is against Shimano’s XTR. Me, I could just drool. X.9 setup is doing great for me for now. Besides, I’m using 44T for RTW, and resting it over the weekend for offroads, using 34 and granny rings. I’m happy. No, no sour grapes here.


Ah, and for the Matchmaker, it won’t fit for Avid SD7 levers and X.9 shifters I’m currently using.

Hmm… never mind, then.


take a look at the products here:



design stage storyboard here (very nice):



good previews here:

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/sram-unveil-new-xx-mountain-bike-groupset-21756 (price and weight listed here too!)




photo from SRAM’s website

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