Colorado tech: SRAM’s new cassette

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Aug. 22, 2011

The wheel is labeled "Rast" for Grégory Rast on RadioShack, but Leipheimer rode it Monday with SRAM's new cassette. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (VN) — Well, it’s getting close to that time of year. The industry shows, Eurobike and Interbike, are coming. But at the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, we got a sneak at one new product from SRAM: a new top-of-the-line road cassette.

The Red PowerDome cassettes were a big hit when they came out, but the noise from the hollow structure wasn’t to the liking of many and the shifting ramps didn’t seem as effective as those on the PG-1070. Borrowing technology from the extremely popular and extremely light XX X-Dome cassette, SRAM’s new road cassette uses a CNC-machined block for the largest cogs. No word yet on weight or price, but it’s bound to be light and bound to be expensive.

Levi Leipheimer used the new cassette on his Speed Concept, one of two used at the prologue. His seventh place finish in the day’s mostly downhill prologue was a good testing ground, especially for the 11-tooth cog.

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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