Richie Rude on Shimano XTR 12-speed

Can the new drivetrain handle the speed and power of Rude?

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10-51 rear cassette that's ready for for the highest levels of enduro or XC racing

10-51 rear cassette that’s ready for for the highest levels of enduro or XC racing

Team Factory Yeti rider Richie Rude was one of the first Enduro riders to debut new XTR in North America. He made a splash with a victory at Round 1 of the Big Mountain Enduro in Santa Fe, NM. The new XTR is designed specifically to meet the needs of top Enduro racers like Richie. Hear from Richie and his Yeti teammates on their first thoughts and impressions of XTR M9100.

This is easily the most anticipated bike product that has been announced so far this year as riders are eager to find out the result of the merger between Shimano quality and 1×12 drivetrain technology. Couple that with improved Shimano brakes, already preferred by many riders and it’s a group to be reckoned with.

Chain retention is put to the test on the new XTR 12-speed

Chain retention is put to the test on the new XTR 12-speed

Mtbr has written several articles on 12-speed XTR. Check here for the nitty-gritty:


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  • rob says:

    Isn’t the jury out on dropper post clamping not being an issue? Do people still think this is a problem?

  • Russ says:

    If your clamp and your post are clean, it should not be an issue. If you have concerns, use a clean microfiber towel. My shop and every other mechanic I know does it, you just need to use common sense and take a moment to wipe things down.

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