This article originally published on BikeRadar
Most readers won't be at all surprised to hear that SRAM's fantastic XX1 1x11 drivetrain technology will be trickling down to lower price points for MY2014, mirroring the roll-out for the company's 2x10 systems. However, we now have some actual confirmation to that fact, meaning riders with more realistic budgets will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of single-ring living.
SRAM has been extremely tight-lipped about new 1x11 offerings so far but we stumbled upon a spec sheet with some tantalizing part numbers that give a hint of what's to come – assuming it's accurate. At the very least, we can expect an X0 1x11 group including a clutched Type 2 rear derailleur and matching trigger shifter plus an XG-1195 cassette with the same super wide-range 10-42T gearing and likely requiring the same XD freehub body.
We anticipate a corresponding X0 1x11 crankset as well (after all, it'd only require a new spider) although we've also caught wind of the non-series X1 model crank, both of which will use the same alternating thick-thin chainring teeth profiling as on the current XX1 setup.
Will we see 1x11 trickle even further down, to the X9 and X7 levels or beyond? We can't say for sure but it's a safe bet given SRAM's past history.
Prices, weights, and additional details are still unavailable.