Hey, remember when Shimano had an 8 speed set up that worked so damn well? It worked in the dust, it worked in the mud, the chains rarely (if ever) broke, and the most expensive cassette was the all ti XTR deal that was like $180.
That wasn’t good enough for the world so SRAM and Shimano came out with 9 speed. And for a time, it sucked. The chains snapped, the cassettes broke, the whole thing shifted like dog shit in a blender if your barrel adjuster was more than a gnat’s ass-hair off of adjustment… but then between SRAM and Shimano, they sort of got things figured out.
But that still wasn’t enough for the speed greedy public that didn’t even know they needed something more until the big two came along and whispered sweet nothings in the consumer ear, promises of a future delivered today, in which you could have ten speeds.
We’ve got ten speeds now crammed into the same space that eight used to occupy, the chains are more expensive despite no real increase in manufacturing costs, the cassettes cost $400+, and SRAM can’t seem to make a derailleur all of the sudden that doesn’t saw your shifter cable in half at the final bend and leave you with one particularly useless speed for the remainder of your now shitty ride. At least Shimano figured out (and SRAM “flattered”) how to make the derailleur make less noise than a squawking bunch of teenage girls at the mall and all they had to do was implant one of those huge gimmicky springs that used to bolt on the back of your existing derailleur from the mid-1990s. I don’t even remember what those things are called anymore but I’m sure Price Point still has a box of them for sale.
Oh but what’s that you say? There’s room in there for one more? I’m pretty sure this is how that fat guy exploded in the Monty Python movie.
Deal with this consuming public: XX1…
Eleven speeds. Good grief. I can’t wait to see how this performs with a few molecules of mud on it or how anyone will be able to even ride a bike after giving up an arm and a leg to pay for the system.I know this is just a prototype but, are we already going to give up on making ten speeds work properly? It was my impression that mountain biking would tend to only introduce a new and improved “standard” after the previous one finally (sort of) works.
At least they are bringing back the Avid Rollamajig. That should fix at least most of the whole “instant single speed conversion” stuff that SRAM has been having such a hard time getting people to buy.