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Ratio now allows you to turn your 2x11 SRAM mechanical drivetrain into a 12-speed system

New 2x12 upgrade kit allows you to add extra cog to mechanical SRAM DoubleTap 11-speed systems

After last year launching an upgrade kit that allowed users of SRAM 1x11 mechanical shifting to use 12-speed cassettes, British company Ratio has designed a conversion kit for 2x11 SRAM systems.

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While you might be thinking that a lot of parts would be required for this to work, the upgrade kit simply consists of a replacement stainless steel 3D-printer ratchet for the right-hand shifter to add the extra click that you need, and you’ll also get a new set of jockey wheels for the rear derailleur.

> Ratio has a nifty way to add an extra shift to your 1x11 SRAM mechanical groupset

As a result, the kit itself is relatively inexpensive at just £99.50, though you will need to factor in the additional cost of the 12-speed components required: that’s the cassette, a chain and the chainrings. To install that 12-speed SRAM AXS cassette, you’ll need to have a SRAM XD driver freehub body on the wheels that you intend to use.

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That little collection does increase the cost of the upgrade by quite a bit, but Ratio has crunched some numbers and reckons that the savings vs upgrading to a SRAM Force AXS groupset are $958 (~£707.50) for a disc brake system and $894 (~£660.20) for rim brake bikes.

As you might have already spotted from the table, there is also a claimed weight saving by using the Ratio kit. This will certainly please the Weight Weenies forum, though we can’t verify the claims.

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The upgrade kit can be installed into SRAM’s Red 22, Force 22 and Rival 22 shifters with both the rim brake and disc brake levers being compatible. If you’re thinking that you like the sound of having an extra cog on your cassette then there is a little bit of mechanical work to be done, but Ratio has got you covered with how-to videos.

The only question left is... what is the market for a product such as this? While the industry seems rather keen to push us all onto wireless electronic shifting, there is an abundance of riders that are quite happy with their mechanical shifting, or who can’t justify the huge outlay for gears that go beep-boop.

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This system might provide those riders with a way to get the increased gear ranges that 12-speed cassettes offer without splashing out quite as much cash; there’s also the feel of a mechanical drive train to consider. Many riders simply prefer the way that a cable-actuated derailleur works, and with mechanical shifting having been left behind by Shimano and SRAM for the last few years, Ratio’s kit provides an upgrade option to those riders.

We’re busy trying to get the parts together so that we can review the kit.

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abedfo | 2 years ago

£99 for some 3d printed stuff that will probably break if you look at it the wrong way. Madness.

huntswheelers | 2 years ago

I've customers with Shimano's electronic offering from various of models, which are a headache if you want to upgrade, much of the new kit is not compatible and are now looking to revert to good old mechanical.... I can see the Italian groupset maker getting some more sales as will the American double tap.... I think that the industry will be doubling back in a year or so and rim brakes will become more main stream again. I just read a review on the new 12 speed semi wireless Durace.....the price is silly and they still use those stupid flat head screwdriver brake pad pins...doh... I guess if you are a team or team rider this is no consequence as is cash, but when they come into my workshop, they are often a dremel job..... With people now getting more cash strapped the Ratio kit offers a decent upgrade for less cost on Sram kit...

imajez replied to huntswheelers | 2 years ago
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huntswheelers wrote:

I think that the industry will be doubling back in a year or so and rim brakes will become more main stream again.

Exactly like they did with MTBs. Oh wait, that never happened and neither will it with road bikes. 

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