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I'm impressed by this group. I haven't had much of a desire to put a top tier drivetrain on my bike since the 90's, when it had a much more profound impact on your riding experience. Nowadays, even the low tier SLX and GX stuff works so damn well, there is just no real value in the top tier options, beyond maybe the shifter pod or the durability of a Saint derailleur.
But the thing about this whole group is that all of a sudden I think it could actually become very feasible and practical to move this group between multiple bikes. At least the drivetrain. Its really two to three bolts and you're done with the swap. That could go a Very long way in convincing me it might be a good investment in the long run if I can use it across any number of bikes and have the same top end shifting experience on each of them. Removing the lower pulley wheel and moving the derailleur and shifter to another bike with no need for an adjustment would be dead simple and barely take more time than lubing and wiping your chain.
The seat could be easy enough as well of course, but its a biiig markup in price over so many proven and reliable options, including the premium ones. And I don't like the idea of having to fuss and adjust my saddle angle and seat height every time I make the swap. Very occasionally sure, but not frequently. At this point, I think I'd rather have a dropper and saddle dedicated to each bike to keep the bike fit dialed in all the time. I guess that could largely depend on what you are starting with though. If you already have the dropper posts, and they work fine, and if you have different seat tube diameters, then swapping becomes a lot less appealing. But if you are building up another frame with a similar seat tube angle/diameter/reach/stack, then it might be a whole lot more sensible.
Very cool regardless. Personally, I think the group will have a lot of success.
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