Our Shimano XTR Di2 equipped Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt is an electronic shifting-equipped boogie machine. We’ve dubbed it ‘Thundervolt’.
“Occasionally, on lung barfing tech climbs, when the pedal stroke sometimes gets a bit ragged, there are moments when you anticipate a spin…”
“…it was always going to be the XT version of Di2 that would be of greater interest to the bike-buying public.”
This may be the answer for early adopters who can’t live without electronic shifting but would rather not re-mortgage their home…
SRAM continues to own the 1x arms race upping both cogs and teeth and making Japanese engineers angry…
“But don’t let the chubby looking hubs fool you into thinking this is a porky wheel set…”
“I foresee the TRS+ cassette being an interesting replacement for folks…”
With the front derailleur being pushed nose first into the loam, the logical step in the drivetrain campaign is to attack from the back.
New internals and more drop help refresh a classic piece of kit.
“…this is the benchmark. All drivetrains either work better or worse than Deore XT. It almost doesn’t matter how good/bad this stuff is, because we’re going to have to reset the goalposts either way.”
SRAM Debuts another affordable 1×11 system, the NX – which will cost you less than the GX series…
Pete’s Best of 2015…it’s not all about stuff, but here is some stuff that helped make some great memories this past year.
“It would be easy to not worry too much about the dawn of a new XT – but that would be a mistake…”
The idea is that an oval ring can make the most of the stroke where power is produced by giving you a slightly higher gear, and minimize resistance where it isn’t by lowering your gear…