SRAM X0 2012 Component Group

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SRAM X0 bringsThe right gearTo your most heatedTrail battles—anyTerrain and everyTime. Building an X0 bike is a serious, zero compromise endeavor. Only X0 combinesThe highest-levelTechnology options with a styleThat matches you perfectly. A flawless bike needsTo do moreThan just work every ride; it needsTo lookThe part. In additionTo our current colors, we are introducingThe new chrome and polished X0 SILVER, reminiscent of our classic X0 design. Heavy metal look. Crazy light weight. Buil


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ehigh a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2012

Strengths:    It's a great setup. Sram has been faithful in helping me out when I had a derailleur issue. I love the way my bike rides. It's an easy to tune system.



Weaknesses:    I'd recommend X9 to most people.

Bottom Line:   
The X0 drivetrain has made my bike a more enjoyable ride. It's lighter and I feel more comfortable with the gear combos. I run a 26-39t crank with a 12-36t cassette.

I don't have the disc brakes, I got XTR for that.

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Similar Products Used:   X9, X7, X5, XT, XTR

Bike Setup:   Norco Range, it's fun

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by baconismidog a Racer from Austin, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2012

Strengths:    light weight, accuracy and looks

Weaknesses:    Price is pretty high, but I did buy a 2012 group in 2011...

Bottom Line:   
I started riding a 2012 SRAM X.0 kit in early December 2011 (installed on a Giant Anthem X 2011 29er). Over the last 1.5 months, I’ve put 250 off-road miles on it around Austin Texas’ Limestone greenbelts (ledges, loose climbs and rocky descents) and about 30 miles on swoopy hardpack. To help with flex / durability notes, I’m 5’9” and 165 lbs.

Shifters (11a SO X.0 trigger set 2x10 red): The combo of the SRAM shifter and derailleurs makes for very accurate shifting. My last bike’s shifting was Shimano XTR, and these perform the task with the same level of aptitude. These shifters have needed very little adjustment since I installed them and I’ve noticed that the ‘sweet spot’ (wherein your up and down shifting is spot on) is really huge in these shifters. Adjustment and maintenance has been less than an afterthought – these just work.
The usual question is how SRAM compares to Shimano. I’d say I’m more certain of the shift with the X.0, but this certainty seems to come at a price, that price being the ‘feel’ of the shifting. The way I’d describe SRAM vs. Shimano is that the SRAM is digital (black/ white, on/off, 0/1) and the Shimano is analog (a smooth continuous gradient). The SRAM hits the gears exactly, hits them hard and sits tight while Shimano will slide up or down the gears. It’s not a complaint really; it’s just something to take note of.

Brakes (12a DX X.0 C blkred r/right 160hs1 1800 & l/f 180hs1 900): I have the 160 (XC) rotor in the rear and a 185 (AM) rotor in the front. The brakes have given me zero problems, no squealing (turkey calls) even after creek crossings and they stop like monsters. I had every intention of swapping out the stock pads for organic pads, but since I’ve not seen any howling with these brakes, I’m still happily running the stock pads. Modulation is nice and predictable and when I need to stop they have never failed me. As an added bonus, when I trimmed the (included) brake cables I was careful to keep the live stubs upright and I didn’t have to bleed the lines.

Front derailleur (11a FD X.0 2X 10 HI CLAMP 349 DUAL PULL): No complaints here. In my opinion, front derailleurs are simple equipment and when adjusted correctly they’ll always serve. Heck, I’ve run old junk SIS derailleurs in a pinch and the only complaint was the weight.

Rear derailleur (11a RD X.0 10sp LONG): Works really well in combination with the shifters. It’s a beautifully machined piece of hardware and it’s pretty light. I use a wax based lube, so the wheels can get gunked up pretty quickly. The SRAM derailleur seems to hold less gunk than the XT / XTRs I’ve run in the past.

Cranks (26-39 tooth, 175mm): I must admit that the thought of carbon anything on the rocks around here made me nervous, let alone cranks (which I can’t seem to stop stomping into obstacles). I have a buddy who has been running the XX carbon cranks for over a year now and he convinced me these were bomb. Thus far I have no complaints. The ends of the arms are pretty bashed up but there is zero splintering or spidering. It’s just a little bit of fugly at the end of an otherwise beautiful component (imagine a really hot girl with bunions). These cranks are very light and stiff. I’ve noticed no flex at all, but I’m pretty light.

Bottom bracket (11a BB GXP TEAM): I’m using the press-fit version and it’s literally the smoothest bottom bracket I’ve ever owned. My buddies say the same thing. With the chain off and pedals on you can spin the cranks long enough to crack and chug a full can of Lonestar.

Cassette (1070 - 11-36): Nicely machined to remove any excess aluminum. Shifting ramps do their jobs really admirably. No noticeable wear after 250 miles which is a good thing in almost all situations (the anomaly being a ninja attack – these cogs are holding their blunt tips too well to be used as impromptu throwing stars).

Chain: This chain didn’t need to be shortened when I put it on the bike. I was pretty taken aback, so I double checked all the recommendations and watched the vids on SRAM’s support site. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I know the Giant Anthem X has a pretty long wheelbase, but it seems like they are cutting it a bit close with the out of the box chain length. The only real gripe I have about this chain is that the “master link” is a single use item. I guess the only plus of that is that once you manage to get the devil locked together correctly (very difficult) you don’t have to take it apart again. To support this chain (and regular drivetrain maintenance) you’ll want to pick up a few 10-speed masterlinks (I’m using the KMC missing links – you can get a 6 pack on Amazon pretty cheaply).

Another thing to note is that if you’re running a RockShox with a remote lockout lever, chances are that you’ll be able to integrate it with your brake/shift pods. This will save you precious handlebar area that can be better used for lights, bells or zip-tying your favorite action figure to your bars (to give you the courage to drop that big dumb ledge your buddy cracked his collarbone on last year).

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Favorite Trail:   Barton Creek Greenbelt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   aebike.com

Similar Products Used:   STX, LX, XT, XTR, X.7, X.9, X.0

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem X 29er. Fox 29, Black Flag Pro wheelset

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