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Old 12-12-2012, 07:09 AM   #26521
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Question Sram xx1

Several of my riding buddies are trying to convince me I need one of these for my 29er. I'll admit it looks cool and all, but what would be the practical benefit to me? The entire system reportedly retails for $1,500, which is hardly pocket money.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/sram-xx...peed-2013.html

I can see some sense in buying it if I were building a 29er from scratch, but I've already got a perfectly good set of gears, cranks, chain, derailleur, etc. Why replace all that hardware?
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:28 AM   #26522
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Several of my riding buddies are trying to convince me I need one of these for my 29er. I'll admit it looks cool and all, but what would be the practical benefit to me? The entire system reportedly retails for $1,500, which is hardly pocket money.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/sram-xx...peed-2013.html

I can see some sense in buying it if I were building a 29er from scratch, but I've already got a perfectly good set of gears, cranks, chain, derailleur, etc. Why replace all that hardware?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This would be like your riding bud insisting you replace all the farkles on your moto with Touratrinket stuff.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:28 AM   #26523
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Speaking of flowy trails...
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:30 AM   #26524
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Several of my riding buddies are trying to convince me I need one of these for my 29er. I'll admit it looks cool and all, but what would be the practical benefit to me? The entire system reportedly retails for $1,500, which is hardly pocket money.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/sram-xx...peed-2013.html

I can see some sense in buying it if I were building a 29er from scratch, but I've already got a perfectly good set of gears, cranks, chain, derailleur, etc. Why replace all that hardware?
I mean really! How can you expect to win all those strava races with only 9-10 gears in the back? ALL that extra weight?! Geez, just think how much faster you'd go if you didn't have to worry about all those extra grams, all that extra time spent shifting the front and shit.

Yup. You definitely NEED XX1. You ain't shit if you ain't going to 11!

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:38 AM   #26525
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This would be like your riding bud insisting you replace all the farkles on your moto with Touratrinket stuff.
Well, I would consider it if it resulted in a very noticeable performance increase (it had better, for $1,500!), but I've seen nothing to suggest that it will.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:40 AM   #26526
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I mean really! How can you expect to win all those strava races with only 9-10 gears in the back?
Truth is, that was my ONLY reason for wanting it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:50 AM   #26527
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Truth is, that was my ONLY reason for wanting it.
There's an interesting article on Strava in the January, 2013 edition of Outdoor Yuppie Lifestyle (Outside) magazine.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:29 AM   #26528
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Several of my riding buddies are trying to convince me I need one of these for my 29er. I'll admit it looks cool and all, but what would be the practical benefit to me? The entire system reportedly retails for $1,500, which is hardly pocket money.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/sram-xx...peed-2013.html

I can see some sense in buying it if I were building a 29er from scratch, but I've already got a perfectly good set of gears, cranks, chain, derailleur, etc. Why replace all that hardware?
Because it is cool.
That is the ONLY reason to replace a perfectly good drive train with XX1. Building from scratch is a different matter.

I have a sneaking suspicion you have already made up your mind though....
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:34 AM   #26529
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There's an interesting article on Strava in the January, 2013 edition of Outdoor Yuppie Lifestyle (Outside) magazine.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:40 AM   #26530
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Because it is cool.
That is the ONLY reason to replace a perfectly good drive train with XX1. Building from scratch is a different matter.

I have a sneaking suspicion you have already made up your mind though....
If it won't improve my standings on the Strava leader boards, I'm gonna pass on it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:59 AM   #26531
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If it won't improve my standings on the Strava leader boards, I'm gonna pass on it.
I hear it comes with a larger, much improved Big Dick
























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Old 12-12-2012, 09:03 AM   #26532
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Seems like lots of money to (very) marginally improve the ride.

Something like a telescoping seat post, on the other hand, would seem to be a more worthwhile investment. Haven't bought one yet though, because I'm cheap.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:17 AM   #26533
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I hear it comes with a larger, much improved Big Dick
Big dick = more weight = slower Strava times.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:28 AM   #26534
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Laugh

A local rider I know just posted this on his Facebook page:

"I cleared the trail of storm debris on the few couple laps, then was doing a lap for time (and KILLING it) when a tree fell across the trail right in front of me! I slammed on the brakes, but was going too fast to stop. I hit the tree and launched over the bars. I'm so bummed, I was 3/4 of the way through and I know I had the KOM in the bag. Also, my bib shorts ripped wide open, and all my bits and pieces were flapping in the wind. There was nothing I could do to hide it, either! I did the Gravity Destroyed climb KOM with my dick quite literally flapping in the wind. :/ Be careful, the tree is still across the trail, I could not move it."

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #26535
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