I figure many will be searching the web to find out if an XX1 crank will work with a 10 speed chain and an easier and cheaper cassette than the Yhouge XX1 11 speed one, I know I did. How hard can it be, an X9 mech is a way to dip into the water.
MBR have actually done a good write up of the whole XX1 system with pictures. The cranks a nice item even if I’m not a big fan of torqing a crank on the end of splines for adjustment. At least this is compensated with the fact that the only reason to remove it is when the BB fails, ring swaps can be done in situ.
I figure the whole deal maker is going to be how good the Type 2 Mech is at stopping the chain slack. It certainly feels really hard to pull the jockey wheels back, so hard it feels broken when you first get it. A proper short cage should help too.
To give it a good winter thrashing its an XT cassette, which I’m impressed with for the cash, and a cheap chain. First few frozen rides and the first impressions are of the silence over bumpy chattery sections and down a flight of steps for the hell of it. Not impressed with how fussy this 10 speed lark is in setup, compared with my ludite 9 speed. Lets see how many times I nut the bars when the chain comes off in the next few weeks.