The cyclo-cross season is well underway and just in the nick of time SRAM have launched their latest product aimed specifically at the off-road sport, the X-Glide 1090 Cyclocross cassette.
It's the first (that we know of) CX-specific cassette. It's based on their Powerdome X road cassette, a unique design in which the eight middle sprockets are machined from a single chunk of steel. The new X-Glide (XG) 1090 Cyclocross cassette has been designed for excellent mud clearance and features hundreds of open ports to allow mud to be squeezed through, preventing clogged cassettes and slipped chains.
It's only available in 12-27, a ratio that SRAM says is the most requested by cyclo-cross racers and riders. That breaks down into 12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-24-27, which avoids any big jumps between gears and is ideal for 'cross.
The new cassette weighs a claimed 159g and will cost £264.99. It's scheduled for availability in December.
US professional cyclo-cross racers, including Katie Compton, have been testing the new cassette: “I love it, not only because its light, but the gear ratios are better. The jump from one cog to the next is smaller so I never feel like I‘m in too big or too small of a gear. plus the open design will be perfect for Belgian mud,” said US National CX Champion.”
US National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers added: “I love the fact that SRAM listens to athletes and so much of their innovation is based on what we need.”
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.