Lindarets road bike 1x11 conversion

New Mexico’s component maker Lindarets has just announced a few new product releases, including something fairly ground breaking in the road bike gearing department. Confirming our suspicions after the Instagram photo from WTC went out, the company has been working on a wide range cassette adapter kit for road, gravel or touring bikes.

Lindarets also announced their popular ‘Rocks Belong’ t-shirt is now available in blue, a cooler colour for summertime, plus the Goat Link and Giant Cogs for 1×10 conversions are now available individually. Read on for the finer details and more photos of wide-range road conversions…

Lindarets road 2x10 conversion

Wolf Tooth and Lindarets have let the cat out of the bag that they are developing wide-range adapter components for touring, cyclocross, road or gravel bikes. The components or kits are designed for people looking to gain lower gears on their Shimano 10-speed road bike, trim down their commuter, or convert a cyclocross or touring bike to a 1 or 2-by wide range set up.

Lindarets prototype road 1x10 conversion kit

 

While there’s no word yet on exact tooth counts or derailleur compatibility Lindarets says it will work with Shimano 10-speed systems, much like their other conversion kits, but their Facebook photo shows an Ultegra derailleur on an 11-speed cassette (with a ‘goes to 11’ Spinal Tap reference in the caption, no less). Hmm…

There are no further details yet but based on the photos it appears this will be a similar kit to the MTB type with a redesigned derailleur link and large adapter cog in play. Lindarets says “stay tuned for more…” so keep an eye on their website and social media for future developments.

Lindarets rocks belong tee, blue, close Lindarets rocks belong tee, blue

One of the big recent debates in mountain biking is centered around the idea of accessibility and the trend towards flow trails, which many advanced riders equate to an undesirable movement of dumbing down intentionally technical trails or features. Lindarets makes their position on the matter clear, boldly stating on this shirt that ‘Rocks Belong!’

While originally released as an Interbike special, Lindarets has extended production of the t-shirt and it’s now available in blue, a cooler color for summertime than the original charcoal option. The blue shirts are sewn, cut and printed in the USA on new American Apparel 50/50 tees that are comfortably soft like the last version, but accept ink better to produce sharper graphics. The charcoal color is still made from the original tri-blend tee. The price has now been reduced to $22.95 USD for either color, and sizes XS-XL are available online.

Lindarets Goat Link, pewter Lindarets Goat Link, on bike

The Goat link, created by Lindarets and Wolf Tooth components, is designed to reduce wear and improve shifting performance for riders running wide range 11-40 or 11-42t cassettes in a 1×10 configuration. The Goat Link replaces the direct mount link from compatible Shimano 10-speed derailleurs and according to Lindarets, improves chain wrap and reduces premature shifting degradation.

Previously only available in a kit that included a large bailout ring and a 16t cog, The Goat Link will now be sold on its own. The link is compatible with Shimano 10-speed Shadow+ derailleurs from 2013 onwards that use the 8mm direct mount intermediate link. Frames with integrated direct mount dropouts and Sram derailleurs are not compatible. The Goat Link weighs 18g, and is made in the USA from 6061 aluminum. It sells for $16.70, and comes in black or pewter.

Lindarets Giant Cog Lindarets Giant Cog with small cog

Lindarets/Wolf Tooth’s 40 and 42t rear cogs are also now sold individually, for those who already have a Goat Link in place (or similar wide range set up) and just need a new ring. The Giant Cogs work exclusively with Shimano 11-36t 10-speed SLX, XT or XTR cassettes, but be aware SLX models do require users to drill or punch out connecting pins.

The Giant Cogs can be purchased as the big ring alone, or paired up with a stainless steel 16t cog for smoother shift intervals throughout the cassette. The current special edition Giant Cogs come in a pewter anodized finish. The 40t cog costs $69.95, and the 42t sells for $74.95. The 40/16t combo goes for $79.95, and the 42/16t combo for $84.95.

Lindarets Goat Kit special edition Lindarets Goat Kit special edition, close up

Complete 10-Speed GoatKits are still available, including a 40 or 42t Giant Cog, the 16t cog, and a Goat Link. The Special Edition models include pewter colored Goat Links and Giant Cogs, and cost either $99.95 with a 40t or $104.95 with the 42t option.

lindarets.com

10 COMMENTS

  1. been doing this for a couple customer’s bikes. Shimano 10-speed road shifters, mated to Shimano long-cage 9-speed MTB derailers to make it compatible with 11-36T 10-speed MTB cassette (or a modified 11-42T 10-speed cassette, if need be).

  2. Been doing it since day one Dyna-sis gets out. Even for mid sized cassette like 11-27. Shadow is nice to have, even better now with barrel adjuster equipped Alivio (it’s not flashy, but hey, it works)

  3. Tripp,

    There’s no reason why it wouldn’t work- though it’s not something we’ve tested extensively. You could certainly run an 11-36 cassette, and it would be less expensive than most of the mountain derailleurs you could sub in.

    Marc

  4. Ranggapanji,

    If you’re running a Shimano rear derailleur with an 11-40 or 11-42t cassette, you should really consider either our original GoatLink or a cage upgrade from another supplier- the lack of chain wrap and quick fast wear can lead to chain slippage at inopportune times. It’s worse on the road than off, given the amount of traction that the pavement provides.

    Marc

  5. I am sure that this setup will excite a lot of folks who need lower gears. I still prefer a real triple for a good assortment of gears. Since 1999 I have been running up front 24/39/50 with a standard 11/27 cog set on my old Lemond and on my other road bike I run the same up front but I use a standard rear mountain bike derailleur with either an 11/32 or 11/34. This setup gives me a 20 inch gear using my 32 tooth cog, or a 26 inch gear with my 27 tooth cog. I have never been hurting for just the gear inch I need at any time. I have read all of the bad things about using a triple over the years, but it is still the best (my opinion). A compact double is just a comprise setup promoted by the industry (again my opinion). You could run a mountain bike rear derailleur on a compact with an 11/34 cog set and have a nice set of gears by the way (low would be around 28 inches). I have been riding since the 50‘s so I can safely say that I have ridden and seen it all up to this point, if you have never tried to get an old Simplex rear derailleur to work you will not understand how good you have got it today. Almost everything is better even the junk stuff i.e.: Wal-Mart etc. If your triple is not shifting correctly, you need to get a new mechanic or if you do your own work get a mechanic.

    The 24 inside chain ring on both of my Ultegra crank sets is an older size 74mm circle mountain bike ring. Which can still be found to buy. I change nothing else on one bike I do use a chain guide on the set post tube of the Lemond but that is all.

COMMENT HERE: (For best results, log in through Wordpress or your social media account. Anonymous/fake email comments may be unapproved or deleted. ALL first-time commenter's posts are held for moderation. Check our Comment Policy for full details.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.