Last summer I splurged and went XX1 on my Foundry Broadaxe mtb set-up. It was one of those “go hard or go home” type of situations. Needless to say it was (and still is) amazing! Being able to take a couple mechanical risks out of the equation not only made cycling finally seem simpler to me, but it just took away a lot of unnecessary frustration. One less derailleur to worry about, no more dropped chains, and no more “oh shit, big hill and I’m in the wrong ring up front” chaos.
I started out this cross season really wanting to have a set-up that would mimic this. Huge thanks to Wolf Tooth Components for helping me make this possible!
Wolf Tooth’s “Drop Stop” chainring with it’s narrow/wide tooth configuration allows you to essentially make yourself an XX1 like set up without the need to drop a $$ bomb switching out your entire drive chain. I threw this chainring on a FSA crank I already owned, and then combined it with a 11-36 cassette and SRAM Type 2 derailleur in the rear.
Lone behold, peace and order have been restored in the world!!!
Wolf Tooth Components is a Minneapolis based company, which of course makes them that much cooler. They are definitely on to something huge and I’m pretty sure we will all start to see these chainrings popping up more and more all over the world. Right now I can assure you that you’ll also see me saving some $$ and weight this fat bike season by throwing one of these on my snow beast. Party on!