We haven't put enough miles on SRAM's new XX1 group to determine it's the ultimate mountain bike setup, but we have ridden it enough to say that it's going to change the game a little bit. Kore mountain bike components is joining the small group of component manufacturers who make an XX1 compatible freehub with their new wheelset. Here's what they have to say about it:
Back in mid 2012 we started to hear rumours and see spy pictures of Sram’s 11 x 1 drivetrain setup! When we first saw this we thought what a great idea to simply do away with the front derailleur and achieve a very similar gear ratio set up by adding an extra large ring to the rear cassette. At this time we at KORE decided we wanted to be among the first few companies to offer our hubs with a compatible freehub to accept the new 11 speed cassette. After some initial talks we agreed a licence to offer these and started working on the freehub, we have tried very hard on this project and attention to detail is second to none so that we are 100% confident we have one of the best compatible XX1 freehubs on the market. We will be offering our XX1 freehubs for our 2013 Durox and Torsion hubs in alloy and cro-mo versions and they will be available on XCD-SL, DUROX and MEGA complete wheelsets. The alloy Durox version weighs 11 grams less than our standard freehub which makes the Durox rear 12/142 hub a very respectable 240g. PICTURED DUROX HUB SPEC Interchangeable front and rear hubs with additional spacers and axles QR / 15mm / 20mm front options 135-QR / 135-10 thru axle / 142-12 thru axle rear options AL7075 one piece freehub (standard 9/10 speed and XX1 available) 5 x triple tooth pawl engagement system 50 tooth steel hub body ratchet engagement for ultra short engagement.
Japanese quality stainless sealed cartridge bearings Weights Front - 15/100 : 176g 20/110 : 172g Rear - 12/142, 9/10 speed : 251g 12/142, XX1 : 240g KORE Brand Manager Ollie Thomas said – “With the cycle industry seemingly going crazy with the launch of Sram’s XX1 system and reports from Sram that initial orders were 3 times more than expected, we were stoked to be able to offer our XX1 freehubs at this early stage in the 2013 season. Our test guys who were part of the elite few to receive early sample XX1 kits have been extensively testing the freehubs on both our Durox and Torsion hubs for months now with no issues. The rest of us can’t wait to our hands on an XX1 set up when it becomes readily available at the end of January. Our hats are truly off to Sram for pushing the limits within the cycle industry and bringing everyone a new great product!” Check out www.kore-usa.com for details of all KORE products and to find our local distributor.