Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski

    “The first time I rode XX I was incredibly impressed with the ease and smoothness of the front shifting. I could shift smoothly under literally a maximum peadling load - something I've never been able to do with any group.”

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Posted In Athletes,Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski on February 1, 2010

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski:
USA
Subaru/Gary Fisher Mountain  Bike Team
Current National Champion

When you rode XX for the first time, what were your first impressions?
The first time I rode XX I was incredibly impressed with the ease and smoothness of the front shifting. I could shift smoothly under literally a maximum peadling load – something I’ve never been able to do with any group. The braking was incredibly powerful and easy to control – far above other disc brakes I’ve ridden. The action of all the parts felt clean and light – my bike felt transformed.

After having XX on your bike for both training and racing, what advantages do you feel the XX 2×10 gearing offers you?
The 2×10 gearing is a simpler and more functional set of MTB gears than a traditional triple. Having the 36 tooth cog on the XX cassette opens a range of different and advantageous riding styles. I can ride an incredible variety of terrain without leaving the big ring – which when racing, eliminates the possibility of mis-shifting in a crucial situation.

Before XX, how much experience did you have riding 2×9?
I’ve actually ridden and raced almost exclusively on a 2×9 setup since 2000 – as there are clear advantages to the 2x setup. In the past, I’ve had to cobble parts together to make this solution work well, and am thrilled to have a dedicated 2x setup now with XX.

What chainrings did you typically use – 26/39 or 28/42? How did you decide to use these gears?
I used the 26/39 exclusively with the XX in 2009. I liked the smaller combination as it allowed me to ride a bigger variety of terrain in the big ring. It’s a common misconception in the MTB world that a large big ring is desirable. I find that the more compact ring size makes for better shifting and more appropriate gear ratios. Additionally, since I race exclusively on a 29er – this was the most logical gear combo. That said – I would consider using this same setup on a 26″ bike.

If you had to choose one single favorite aspect of XX, what would it be?
It’s hard to choose just one. I love the effortless front shifting, as well as the narrow, powerful feeling narrow Q-factor. I think the best thing though is the simplicity that is achieved by the additional gear range offered by the 36 tooth-10th cog in the rear. This allows me to race almost constantly in the big ring – and not worry about shifting around as much. It enhances the riding experience – and literally transforms the bike and the ride.