Ross Schnell

    “My single favorite aspect of the XX group is the gear ratios. Its a bonus that the XX group is so light, but I would choose to ride it regardless of its weight because it performs so well.”

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Posted In Athletes,Ross Schnell on January 26, 2010

Ross Schnell:
USA
Team Kenda/Seven Cycles

My first impressions of XX were very positive.  The first thing I noticed was the gear ratios.  I found that with the 11-36t range in the rear I didn’t need to shift out of the big ring as much.  I also noticed how crisp and precise it felt.  As an athlete I’m always looking for an edge or advantage over the competition.  The added bonus of the XX group is that its substantially lighter than anything else with no compromise in performance.

2×10 gearing offers so much better range and ridability than a standard 9 speed drivetrain.  I don’t have to think about what gear I’m in or ever worry about cross-chaining.  The chain line is so good that I can stay in the big ring (42t) most of the time and the drivetrain is smooth and quiet.  It gets even better with the 11-36t cassette.  The wider gear range of the XX cassette allows me to roll the big ring most of the time, even up big climbs.  I’m also amazed at how dependable the XX drivetrain has been for me.  I’ve been racing and training on it for some time now and its been very reliable on my entire quiver of bikes, from XC to All-Mountain/Trail.

Before XX I experimented with a 2×9 drivetrain quite a bit.  The problem was that chainring and cassette options were quite limited and the chainline was never that great.  In order for the front chainrings to shift properly they need to be engineered and designed to perform together.  Seemed like the only way to do it was a franken-bike setup that didn’t shift that well.  For a while I ran a 30-40t front chainring combo but it just didn’t have a sufficient high/low range with the rear cassette options available at the time.  For many years I’ve experimented and searched for a better option, now I have it.

My single favorite aspect of the XX group is the gear ratios.  Its a bonus that the XX group is so light, but I would choose to ride it regardless of its weight because it performs so well.