Some New SRAM Stuff

SRAM too is celebrating an anniversary, its 20th year as a company. To celebrate this milestone, SRAM has redone the X-0 Rear Derailleur making it more compact, stronger and lighter.

Here’s Velonews on the new X-0 Rear Derailleur:

The new X.0 rear derailleur has a cage modeled after the Force road rear derailleur and will be able to accommodate the new BlackBox ceramic pulleys (the older style X.0 derailleurs will not).

The outer half of the pulley cage is made from carbon fiber, but the inner half has been replaced with 7000-series aluminum. The update is said to bring stiffness to the lower cage along with more chain control. SRAM also claims that the impact strength of the cage has been increased by five times over the previous all carbon version.

The new hybrid carbon cage will also be found on the long-cage X.0 derailleur. Historically only the short and medium cage lengths were made with carbon. An outside vendor made the old composite cages, while the new design relies completely on SRAM’s own carbon technology.

The B-bolt is anodized gold and laser-etched with the 20th anniversary logo. Regardless of cage length chosen, the new X.0 rear derailleur will cost $230.

X-O Rear Derailleur

Also new for SRAM is Rock Shox new coil-over shock called the Vivid. The Vivid was created with only the essential adjustments: beginning and end stroke rebound, low speed compression. There are also 3 Drop Stop pads to adjust the last 20% of stroke.

Vivid Coil-Over Shock

Rock Shox also came out with the Monarch a new air rear shock. This shock is using the Solo-Air technology first found on Rock Shox forks. The four new shocks in this lineup will start from $210 to the upper $350.

Monarch Air Shock

SRAM wisely chose to have all of the Avid hydraulic brakes drop their weight to be under 400 grams. Here is what Velonews had to say about it:

SRAM’s brake brand, Avid, put its line of Juicy brakes on a diet. The goal was to trim every Juicy model to less than 400 grams.

The Juicy Ultimate, released last year, was already well under, but will receive an aluminum backed pad, losing roughly 10 more grams per wheel. The Carbon, Seven and Five have lost 30, 25 and 20 grams, respectively due to a redesigned lever body and slight caliper refinements. Juicy Carbon loses even more due to its use of Juicy Ultimate’s carbon lever.

Juicy Carbon Lever

All this information and more can be found on the Velonews article by clicking here.