I know what you’re thinking…why would Mike review an ancient 2006 model SRAM X0, when all the talk is about the new 2011 2×10 group? Here’s why:
* This X0 is the stock derailleur on my 2006 Fuel EX9
* I’ve ridden 2,417 miles with the X0 at my side
* The X0 survived one bent hanger incident
* Only three adjustments from the X-9 trigger shifter needed. That’s it.
It’s unbelievable that a four year old derailleur with over 2,417 miles (yes, I keep track of every mile on every bike, making note of when new parts are installed) is still shifting strong and smooth. This rear derailleur has been the most maintenance-free derailleur I have ever owned, or even heard about. Even after I bent the hanger out exploring some rugged primitive singletrack, I just replaced the hanger — keeping the cable attached — one adjustment and the X-0 is shifting smooth.
The X-0 has never let me down, never slipped or caused me any grief on the trail. And I’ve banged it up pretty good, even buried it in the sand. It is scratched and bruised to no end, yet it keeps on shifting.
Maybe I got lucky, or just maybe SRAM makes an incredibly durable rear derailleur. I’m pretty sure it’s SRAM. Thanks for all the shift you’ve given me over the last 4 years.
Let’s hope the new stuff holds up as well as the old stuff.