Fast forward five years and the entire mountain bike industry is swarming to not buy a cassette from Shimano or SRAM.
Who the hell is Praxis?
11-40 10-speed cassette, aluminum 40 tooth cog. Gearing is 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-34-40. Seems reasonable and well thought out, and saves the bigger gear ratio jumps for your lower gears. You know, the ones that you shift into and out of with much, much lower frequency. $129.00 is about 12% more than XT. That, combined with nine of ten cogs made of steel, seems pretty reasonable.
And who the hell is Response? That's a made up company, right?
11-40 and 11-42 10-speed cassettes, and 11-42 11 speed cassettes. Largest three cogs are aluminum with a carbon carrier. This one seems a little more extreme and weight/gear dorky, but who knows? No price, no gearing details yet. Obviously the ROBOTS are patrolling the Taipei airwaves.
What's even crazier is that, barring some horrible reliability problem or anecdotal evidence of poor shifting, I would totally run those cassettes. Hey Praxis, I'll be the guy way off the back on all the steep ass fireroad to hell Whistler EWS transfer climbs, suffering on my 11-36 10-speed cassette. Open invitation to test your new cassette.
I will not be smiling, before or after reading this sign.
In 2010 gear ranges were fairly standardized. We were running essentially the same gear ratios for a decade, and as a result your choice of cassette was based almost entirely on shifting performance and reliability. Nod to Shimano on both counts. SRAM could only play by coming in under Shimano's price.
But now that I spend 90% of my time on one bike for all the riding I do, a slight decrease in shifting performance seems like a happy trade-off for the bigger gear range offered by an off-brand cassette or mega-sized add-on cog. I've never ridden one of the add-on cogs, and I've obviously never ridden one of these never-before-seen cassettes, but I'd put money down that they don't shift as well as Shimano cassettes. As the ultimate longtime Shimano fanboy, near as as I can tell there is no way these cassettes shift as well as Shimano. What's crazy is this: I don't care anymore.