VeloNews reporter Fred Dreier’s three-week stretch of European race coverage was marred by the theft of his shoulder bag, including a camera and computer. However, he managed to score a steal of his own while in Houffalize, Belgium, for the third round of the UCI mountain bike World Cup. He made it home this week with very interesting shots of new SRAM mountain bike parts.
SRAM’s much-anticipated XX mountain bike group is the brand’s first ever complete top-line cross-country racing group, and Dreier managed quick photos of a few parts. The brand has been especially secretive about XX and it’s been a while since mountain bike tech sightings generated as much buzz as these new bits. Never willing to speak on the record, team mechanics have simply said that the new parts are going to be very light and very cool.
There has been plenty of speculation about the new group, and the photos don’t reveal much more than we’ve already suspected, but we did see a few noteworthy aspects:
- The new front derailleur is compact in size, with heavily relieved cage plates
- The crankset is built for only two chainrings (2×10), on what appears to be a new bolt circle diameter
- The cogset looks to be extensively hollowed-out, either machined on a carrier or Red PowerDome-style, and we do count 10 cogs.
- Already seen at Sea Otter, the brake levers look similar to Avid Elixir CR Mag, and include a new, integrated push button fork lockout for a RockShox fork.
We’ll leave it at that for now, but we’ll keep our eyes open at the races for more cutting edge mountain bike tech from SRAM.