SRAM CX1 Saves Lives Dec 9, 2014

Yes, it’s true… CX1 is the best cross group I’ve ever used and yeah, it’ll save your life.

  • dj_burkhardt

    Yeah, but Hobo CX1 saved my wallet.

    • Andrew Deane

      Agreed. A wolf tooth with my existing SRAM force 22 setup seems to work pretty well. I have dropped a chain precisely one time and that was when my bike was laboring under about 30lbs of mud. I don’t think the Type II derailleur adds that much benefit. It’s all in the chainring and the Wolf Tooth rings are cheaper, look better and work just as well.

      • It’s all the rear derailleur too… I’ve ridden both the Force 22 derailleur and the CX1 derailluer. Def dropped chains on trail riding / singletrack / rutted fire roads. Maybe not racing, but I only race my cross bike 10% of the time I’m using it.

        • Andrew Deane

          I ride those things as well (often) and have not experienced any chain drop (or even slap for that matter). Maybe you need a Wolf Tooth for your CX bike John :-)

          • I have a Wolf Tooth on my cross bike. ;-)

          • Andrew Deane

            If you have a non-SRAM CX1 component in your drivetrain doesn’t that make you a heathen Dr. Frankenstein like the rest of us? Just saying’

          • I think you’re being defensive for no reason! I never said you can’t have a mix of components. MTB companies do it all the time. XX1 rear mech / shifter, XTR brakes, Race Face Cranks. I don’t care what you ride, just ride.

          • Andrew Deane

            It was really more of a joking rebuttal to your previous comment than a reflexively defensive barb. I was not intentionally ‘being defensive’ and freely admit that people with different philosophies and ideologies (republicans and democrats, cats and dogs, type I vs type II derailleur people) can agree to disagree (especially when the debate is clearly an insignificant one without far reaching implications for humanity). I suppose there is no room for jest in the world of cycling. Sigh…

          • Oh there’s tons of room for jesting. I just mis-read your comment. xoxo

      • Eric Baumann

        a clutch definitely does make a difference, but its not NECESSARY unless you race. a dropped chain on a catcher-less drivetrain means you have to stop and get off the bike to fix it…which means you just lost 20s or so on whatever group you WERE with. if you are racing, get a clutch, if not, any 10/11 speed sram rd will work just fine.

        • Andrew Deane

          I do race occasionally. Never dropped a chain except once on a ‘fun-ride’ when I was knee deep in mud.

  • Tommaso Gomez

    Who wants to spend $235 on rear derailleur when you know you’re going to break at least one derailleur per cross season?

    • The CX1 rear derailleur is pretty robust, but then again, I don’t break derailleurs. ;-)

      • Tommaso Gomez

        Hey, some people are crashier than others! Actually, the problem I’ve found is that some replaceable derailleur hangers are way too fragile. This weekend, I fell lightly on a muddy downhill and tried to continue racing but found that my derailleur was shifting into my spokes.

    • Eric Baumann

      x9 type 2 rd’s work with 11 speed drivetrains…and cost literally 1/3 what a cx1 does…look into it ;)

      • Eric Baumann
        • Yes, I just said it’s the “best cross group” – that means, off the shelf, complete kit. You can totally piece together “frankenstein” groups – a reference to this video.

      • Jonathan Neve

        Yeah but the upper pulley on X9 Type II sits way too far back on most frames. CX1 is a better fit, shaped more like a road der but with the robustness of an MTB one. That way you get cleaner/quicker shifts than with regular Type II.

        • Eric Baumann

          i did around 30 races last season on a x9 1×10 and another 25 this season switching back and forth between a bike with a x9 1×11 and the other with a cx1 1×11. while im sure there are subtle differences that could be identified in a lab, in actual use they feel exactly the same. Given the option I would not buy the CX1 rd again because it is simply not necessary. Not to mention the cable routing into the X9 is superior for racing, a much cleaner line close to the bike instead of a huge loop to snag on shit.

          • Ian Stone

            I wish the X9 had a barrel adjusted on it though. The only thing I miss about my Force RD.

          • Eric Baumann

            an inline adjuster up by your bars is infinitely more useful, as you can dial in/correct cable tension while riding the bike, which allows for corrections in-race (huge). i now put them on all of my cx bikes whether they have one on the RD or not.

          • Ian Stone

            I have the inline by my bars, but It’s annoying to dial it in when it’s on the stand. I just prefer the one mounted on the RD.

  • Ross Weller

    From the Gevenalle/Retroshift website “Parts” section:

    “Gevenalle MTB 10 Speed Index/Friction Levers are compatible with Shimano 10 speed MTB derailleurs. These will not work with our CX or CXV systems but the upcoming GX model.”

    Gevenalle GX1 ($155?) with a Shimano Zee rear derailleur ($50ish) and Wolf Tooth ring ($76). I’ll put my extra money into wheels and tires

    • CX1 is 11-speed and has 11-36t cassette compatibility. Just saying you’d need the FR, not the DH Zee to hit 36.

      • Ross Weller

        The Zee has two models: narrow range for 11-28 and wide range for 11-36. Also, it only weighs 11g more than the Sram CX1

        • Re-read what I said… the FR is 11-36 and the DH is 11-28. I was just further expanding on what you said.

          • Ross Weller

            Hence my edit. I’d love to get the CX1 on my bike but it would mean at least one new set of 11 speed wheels. And then I would want the hydro disc version (already know how you feel about that) so I would need a new frame. Guess I would keep the saddle…

      • Ross Weller

        Also 10 speed 11-32 cassettes are way cheaper than 11 speed 11-32. And I don’t want that wide of a range for CX racing.
        42t x 11-32 almost perfectly covers my current 36/46 x 12-27 set up

  • Aaron Beasley

    As far as using your CX bike as a do it all bike (keeping up with club road rides, bike packing, trail riding, ect.) How does the 1×11 gear range feel?

    • Fine. Unless you ride with 53t roadies smashing…