Technical FAQ: SRAM XX mixed with road parts.

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published Sep. 9, 2009
  • Updated Nov. 12, 2009 at 10:27 AM EDT

Dear Lennard,
Is the new 2×10 SRAM XX mountain bike stuff compatible with the SRAM road bike drive train, in terms of gear spacing and cable pull? I can see some intriguing possibilities for compact crank setups with gears low enough for us cyclo-tourists.

Dear Steve,
Yes. XX uses SRAM’s “Exact Actuation,” and is the same as SRAM 10-speed road in terms of cable pull and gear spacing.

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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