Praxis Works 11-40 Cassette
While brands like One Up have created solutions to help extend the range of your current drivetrain, these adapters often compromise shifting performance in some capacity. That’s why the new 10-speed cassette from Praxis is so attractive. It provides a wide range of gearing, promises crisp shifts, and retails for a very reasonable $130. For more info on the Praxis Cassette, check out our coverage here.
Shimano XT Groupset
While Shimano’s XTR group might be lighter and sexier, the XT group hits the true sweet spot for performance and price. For this year, it received major updates. Now we jut need a Di2 option. To learn more, check out our coverage from the Sea Otter launch.
When SRAM released its original XX1 drivetrain, it made a 1x drivetrain a realistic alternative to riders who needed a wide gear range. Unfortunately, the price of admittance was higher than the cost of an entry level hardtail. But their new GX drivetrain offers similar levels of performance to SRAM’s high end 1x groupsets, but retails for nearly half the price. For more info on the GX drivetrain, check out our first look here.
SRAM X-SYNC Steel Chainrings
It’s a little unusual for us to highlight a brand twice in one list, but SRAM has been on a roll this year. In between releasing GX1 and the RockShox Yaris, they unveiled a steel version of their direct mount narrow wide chainring that retails for only $20. More info at www.sram.com.
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