New SRAM Force 10-30 cassette splits the difference for finely tuned gear steps

The new SRAM Force 10-30 cassette brings a wide-ish range gearing option to their 2nd tier road group. It slots in between the original 10-26, 10-28, and 10-33 cassettes, and the more recent 10-36 cassette that requires a different rear derailleur.

Fortunately, this one falls well within the capabilities of the original AXS rear derailleurs for both Red and Force groups, so you can swap it in anytime you want to tweak your gear ratios slightly. Tooth counts for all cassettes are:

  • 10-26: 10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/19/21/23/26
  • 10-28: 10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/19/21/24/28
  • 10-30: 10/11/12/13/14/15/17/19/21/24/27/30
  • 10-33: 10/11/12/13/14/15/17/19/21/24/28/33
  • 10-36: 10/11/12/13/15/17/19/21/24/28/32/36

new 10-30 sram force XG-1270 12-speed cassette shown from the back

The recently introduced Rival AXS group got a 10-30 cassette at launch, but in terms of weight savings by piece-mealing a group, the cassette is one of the easiest areas to drop a lot of weight. So, consider this along with the Rival shifters and derailleurs for a more cost-effective all-road build, and their power meter cranks are some of the most affordable on the market.

This new Force XG-1270 10-30 cassette uses their mini-cluster design and is for XD-R freehub bodies only. It also gets the latest. The retail price is $185 (€190 / £170, both including VAT), available starting August 2021.

As a reminder, the original 10-26 Force cassette has been discontinued, so you might still be able to find it in the original all black colorway, but not with this nickel-chrome finish with a dark alloy large cog backplate. Red level components will still offer that 10-26 option.

SRAM.com

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blahblah1233445
1 year ago

Hey, Sram, how about 12s 10-42? How long do You want us to wait for it?

Nathan Gibson
Nathan Gibson
1 year ago

yes a 10-42 or 10-44 would be amazing!!

Hector
Hector
1 year ago
Reply to  Nathan Gibson

Listen SRAM, these are our demands:

– 10-44 12speed AXS cassette with smaller gaps in between higher gears
– all shifting controls on the right shifter (left only a brake lever)
– 22mm piston brakes
– Lower price
– lighter weight
– compatible with current standards

You have 1 year.
Otherwise we will move on to Ekar.
We will take no prisoners.

Johan
Johan
11 months ago
Reply to  Hector

rival xplr 10-44 cassette is available now

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago

10-42 would require another new derailleur, just FYI.

Hector
Hector
1 year ago

+1

John
John
1 year ago

Like the axs XPLR derailleur that is due to drop imminently you mean…?

Gef
Gef
1 year ago

Can they do this in 11 speed??

Swiss Cheese
Swiss Cheese
1 year ago

So. Much. Jargon.

petemacleodmtb
1 year ago

Rotor makes a few options with 11-39, and 11-46. But a 10-40 would be amazing.

JL77
JL77
1 year ago

The Italian INGRID does a 12 speed 11-44 and a 10-48, with nice small steps in the middle. Far from cheap, but lightweight.