One of the highlights is the new 10-36t cassette, which is sure
to prove popular for 1x drivetrains, as well as being a superb 2x
For 1x, if you don't need a massive climbing gear the range
provided gives a brilliant selection of closely spaced gears
that'll make for a smooth cadence across the range.
For 2x you get the best of both worlds, with a tiny 30t front
inner ring that'll make light work of steeper slopes, but plenty of
top end gearing available for speed on the flat.
10-36T Cassette: 10-11-12-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-36
In common with all the AXS 12-speed range the cassette requires
an XDR freehub body on your wheels. Many wheelsets can be upgraded
if required - get in touch to discuss
The carbon crankset is similar in design to the existing Force
range, but with a wider q factor on the cranks (i.e. they are set
further apart) which can allow for more tyre clearance - useful on
chunky-tyred gravel/adventure bikes, especially with the trend
towards more compact rear triangles.
A 43/30 crankset paired with a 10-36 cassette provides a massive
516 percent range. Multiple gears below a 1:1 ratio keep you
spinning comfortably on the steepest slopes. A 30x36 gear allows a
cadence of over 80 rpm at speeds as low as 5 mph/9 kph.
When it's time to go fast, the 43x10 high gear, equivalent to a
48x11 or 50x12, means you can still accelerate above 35 mph/56 kph
without spinning out.
Paired with a 46/33 crankset, the 10-36 cassette still reaches
below a 1:1 ratio while retaining the gears needed for fast and
spirited group rides.