First making their mark on the world of cassettes with the General Lee adapter, Leonardi is back at it. This time though they aren’t adapting an existing cassete. Instead, Leonardi is changing gears into a full blown wide range cassette. Where the General Lee was made to make a standard 10 speed cassette into a wide range set of gears, the General Lee 11S takes advantage of existing 11 speed componentry but with a new spread of gears that claims to result in better cadences for existing 1×11 drivetrains…
Relying on the SRAM XD freehub body design (no Shimano spline available), Leonardi was able to cram an even smaller 9t cog on the cassette while the low gears top out at 42t. Compared to the SRAM spread of 10 – 12 – 14 – 16 – 18 – 21 – 24 – 28 – 32 – 36 – 42, the General Lee 11s offers an even wider spread of gears with a 9 – 11 – 13 – 15 – 17 – 20 – 23 – 27 – 31 – 36 – 42.
Constructed using a combination of CNC machined cogs, the largest three cogs are made from 7075-T6 aluminum where the smaller 8 are machined from stainless steel. The two halve are then assembled with 12 pins.
With a claimed weight of 315g, the General Lee 11S is comparable with the SRAM XG-1180 (X1) cassette. Available now, the cassette is priced at €359 (~$401). Riders in Spain and Italy can purchase the General Lee 11S through official stores, while the rest of the world can order on through firstname.lastname@example.org.