Jeremy Powers was spotted racing a prototype SRAM CXX1 (our name for now, not official) 1×11 drivetrain at the Hendersonville, NC, cyclocross race this Sunday. We first spotted it on Ryan Trebon’s bike at the Cincy3 CX Fest with an equally short cage rear derailleur but a more chiseled Cannondale chainring.
Power’s Focus Mares Cross Disc was equipped with the Hydro RD disc brakes despite last week’s recall. With temps above freezing for the North Carolina event, we’re guessing the stress and uncertainty of switching them out at the last minute, plus his experience with them, outweighed any concerns.
Poke past the break for closeup pics…
Click to enlarge. The cable entry point is rearward facing for now, which means a big loop of cable housing coming around. We’re guessing/hoping that if (when) this makes it to production, they’ll incorporate the XX1 mountain bike derailleur’s pulley wheel to guide the cable into the mech with a more direct, top facing cable entry.
The rest of the bike is team spec: Easton cockpit and carbon wheels (custom hoops with 2013 EC90 rims mated to mountain bike hubs, the rest of us have to “settle” for the EA90 XD alloy wheels for now), Dugast tubulars, Fizik bar tape and saddle.
Who else wants 1×11 for their ‘cross bike? Sign us up.
Big thanks to Matt S. for the pics!