SRAM’s doesn’t go to 11

Word out on the interwebs is that SRAM Red will NOT go to 11sp in 2013, apparently content to let their customers fall behind Campagnolo and Shimano users…..IN THE COMPETITION TO WEAR OUT THEIR DRIVETRAINS FIRST!!!

Hurrah! for SRAM. I remember when Campagnolo introduced 11sp, they said that it was because their customer base had been asking for more speeds….really?…..really? What douchebag says,”I could have totally won today, but I didn’t have the 18tooth cog in my 11-25 10sp cassette. I need 11sp”?

Going from 7sp to 8sp was good, but 9sp to 10sp was marginal. From 10sp to 11sp is almost imperceptible, certainly not enough to change the whole landscape of my cycling experience. But while there are obviously diminishing returns on performance for adding more cogs to the rear, drivetrain service is straight up plummeting with 11sp chains compared to 10sp.

And enjoy replacing those paper-thin 11sp titanium cogs, Dura Ace and Campagnolo users!


Word on the street is that you’ll need a longer Shimano 11 freehub that runs 8/9/10 with spacers. It shouldn’t wear any faster or change things significantly, but I’m sure you’ll need “special” 11-speed chains and rings, all the same.

Happy they didn’t move to 11.  I’m interested to see what they do with the chainrings to stiffen them up.  The lever upgrade sounds pretty cool too, and they already have the best pistol-grip feel of the lot.

Thank god SRAM held back. I remember when the campy 11 came out and I assumed they must have extended the gear range with the extra cog, perhaps up to a 29 in the back, because then that might make sense to say you truly added another gear to a bike.

But slotting in some middle cog in between a 11-25 cassette? Who gives a crap or even notices?

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