Friday, March 03, 2006


as usual, spring = time for a new drivetrain. usually need 2 per mtbike per year, but only 1 for the road bike (it is so smoked by Spring!). have just used the same component set-up each time, but am now thinking 'bout making a change. i'm hoping for some comments here...

mtb: i've been rolling with an xtr rear derailuer, xt shifter/brake pods, xt cassette , and XTR cranks (with whatever rings jamie's got in stock). thinking about going with a SRAM set-up this yr. sram 9.0 maybe. but 7.0 looks pretty decent too? is the 9.0 worth the extra duckets and is the X.O worth it at all? the XT cassette always feels "clunky", like the gears are slamming into place as i shift, not a real smooth feel, even when new, but it's not horrible, just not optimal. rode andy's new SRAM 9.0 rear derailuer and cassette and it felt way smoother than my Shitmano set-up.

road: currently roll with campy Veloce groupset, minus a Centaur rear derailuer - no complaints at all, beside it being totally smoked, thinking about ditching a bit of weight and going with Chorus set-up. worth the extra cash over Veloce? any other bonuses to Chorus vs Veloce or Centaur?

this wknd is shaping-up nicely. have 2 decent road rides on tap, hopefully about 4hrs a piece. biggest benefit to riding on the road is that i don't have to drive to trails, set-up gear, drive home, etc. a 4hr ride takes 4hrs of daylight, which leaves me with plenty of time to spend with Jenn, go for a hike, see some friends, all that good stuff... everything in balance. but it can be damn tough when you're addicted to the bike sometimes...


At 3/04/2006 4:42 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I'm gonna switch up for the first time ever. Used XT and XTR drivetrains my whole MTB riding experience. On my Dos Niner I'm oing with SRAM X.0 Twists (recomended due to a better grip) and the X.9 rear derailleur. I've never used SRAM but I hear really good things about the shifting.

By the way. Ever hear of a beer called Wolaver's out of Vermont? Buddy of mine e mailed me with some good things about it. He's saving a few for me. Wanted to see if you've ever had any of it's organic goodness.


At 3/04/2006 7:45 PM, Blogger jeff said...

Wolaver's is Otter Creek, right? i give otter creek beers a 7 out of 10 - dig the stovepipe porter and copper ale, but not crazy about their brews. When in VT, i almost always reach for a Long Trail. Everything they brew is top-notch, the Hit the Trail Ale is an incredibly easy-drinking Brown ale, gotta check 'em out!

At 3/04/2006 9:29 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Thanks for the info. Yeah, Wolaver's an Otter Creek brew. I'll check out the Long Trail. Thanks!

At 3/14/2006 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know i'm a gearhead, but the X.0 stuff is sweet. The grips are nice during the long races, and shift real positive. My real der. also survived that explosion during my pre-ride at great glen. I ran it with an xt casette, and a sram chain. Never had to tune the rear derreuiler...not that I can or should...harry


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