Heather Irmiger

    “I have only been impressed with XX. For most of thet 2009 race season I was only using XX lockout and brakes (although I believe we were still using the old style rotors) and was blown away with the weight savings that only those 2 components provided.”

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Posted In Athletes,Heather Irmiger on February 1, 2010

Heather Irmiger;
USA
Subaru/Gary Fisher Mountain Bike Team
Current National Champion

When you rode XX for the first time, what were your first impressions?
I have only been impressed with XX.  For most of thet 2009 race season I was only using XX lockout and brakes (although I believe we were still using the old style rotors) and was blown away with the weight savings that only those 2 components provided.  Braking power and lever feel was awesome and I love the new lockout – the fork is much more rigid when locked out and doesn’t go out of adjustment as often as the old cable system.  Braking power is less consistent and not as good when using the new avid rotors.  The XX drive train is spectacular – have been on it since Vermont and have only had positive experiences with the chain lines, efficiency.  Totally amazed with the versatility and possibilities that the 36 T cog in the back provides and love that I rarely use the little ring.

After having XX on your bike for both training and racing, what advantages do you feel the XX 2×10 gearing offers you?
The extra cog allows me to remain in my big ring more which helps avoid mis-shifts and shifting errors that occur when trying to move between small and large chainrings.  On the 29er, I always ran a 2×9 and the extra cog in the XX 2×10 has helped me increase my power and efficiency through trail transitions.  Its the last gear that you always wish you had before 2×10 and keeps me out of the little ring – this helps keep the rhythm smooth and powerful.

Before XX, how much experience did you have riding 2×9?
I spent most of the season (June onward) only racing and training on the 29er which I have always run with 2×9 and am very familiar with the set up.

What chainrings did you typically use – 26/39 or 28/42? How did you decide to use these gears?
I typically ran 26/39 (still do) – as a smaller rider I really have no need for the 42 when mountain biking and really need the 26 for steep power climbs.  FYI – I did try to run a 24/39 at Mt. Ste. Anne because I was having a hard time going “easy” when pre-riding the course.  This ratio worked really well pre-riding but didn’t hold up to the pressures of racing.  Not only did I find that easy of a gear unnecessary at race pace (I had enough gears when pushing out race power), but I experienced quite a bit of chain suck.

If you had to choose one single favorite aspect of XX, what would it be?
I love the lockout/fork mechanism and the extra cog.