I've been racing the XX1 AXS for XC since January in the PNW, and was running it about 6 months before that. It took me 2 months to run out of juice on the mech and need to charge the battery (I was seeing how long I could push it). I just swapped it with the Reverb's battery and kept pedaling. After a really wet winter racing season it's remained flawless and shifts perfectly every time. Muck and mud? Perfect shift. Ice and snow? Perfect shift. Cold weather performance was one of the reasons I bought in - sometimes I can barely operate a shifter or dropper mech by the end of the colder races. The data I can look at post training ride or race seeing how much time or distance in each gear, and the power output in each gear helps me determine what front ring set up I should use for a given course and analyze my shifting efficiency. The data alone puts me at a huge advantage over someone still using cables when it comes to racing XC. Well worth any perceived disadvantage of a few grams (though at the XO and XX level the AXS is lighter than their cabled counterparts).Ive ridden and raced with people with problems while their bike went haywire.
Ive gotten calls from people stuck with dead batteries in remote areas.
I really don’t have much space to deal with charging yet another set of batteries. I am already sharing a charging area for two Garmins, headlights, tail lights. Not really in to adding another charging device. When I travel, it’s all this and the batteries for the camera as well. I basically have a bag dedicated to chargers!
I don’t know what fiddling with cables means. I upkeep a lot of bikes and rarely have to touch cables. Running new cable and indexing is about one of the most relaxing and easy jobs I ever do on a bike.
Having hand circulation issues is the only true validation I have seen. Everything else is an inconvenience and makes the bike heavier. A LOT heavier in the XC racing world.
If the battery lasted 100 hours, I’d probably be more interested. If I ran an AXS dropper I would be even more interested because then you have a backup battery on the bike. Between the AXS dropper and AXS seatpost you are adding almost an extra pound of weight, for what benefit? All this said I am sure I’ll have AXS on 1 or all bikes at some point in the next 3 years...
Does anyone ever worry how unbelievably easy it would be to steal an AXS dropper from a gas station or restaurant parking lot. I’m surprised this isn’t more of a thing.
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Do you ever wonder how unbelievably easy it would be to steal a set of pedals from a gas station or restaurant parking lot? Neither do I.