Dropper posts have been around for a few years. Since then, nothing revolutionary has come along.
Ditching the FD while maintaining a usable range of gears was pretty damn good. Throw in not needing a chainguide, a very stiff clutch derailleur yet the lightest feeling shifting out of Sram to date, and this drivetrain is full of win. My bike has never been so quiet and smooth. It is a substantial improvement as far as drivetrains go.
I'll shed a tear though on the day I smash the rear derailleur to bits, or wear out the cassette. Mucho Dinero to replace those parts.
Nice, i was worried about missing either on the high side or low side, going to put the XX1 on my race bike for TOM series and Nimby…
I have XTR on my other bike, not much different if you smash a derailer and i need to replace drive train this year so that'll suck. pay to play i guess.