There was plenty of new products to be spotted at Sea Otter today, giving attendees lots of opportunities to day dream about what their next upgrade might be. The SRAM Eagle drivetrain has been causing quite a bit of stir lately,with its mega range 10-50 cassette. After seeing it up close, we are more than anxious to put this kit through its paces on our local trails.
The 10-50 cassette is a pretty impressive piece of engineering in person, and the gold cogs and accents make the whole kit standout. SRAM does offer the Eagle in a more subtle version, but the more we looked at the gold the more we liked it.
To compensate for the extra chain length needed for the 50-tooth cog, SRAM redesigned the teeth on the front chainring. The teeth are taller and more aggressive, and add quite a bit to the unique look.
One of the display bikes was also spec’d with SRAM’s new Level Ultimate brakes that seemed to pair well with the Eagle setup that is geared towards cross-country riding. The Level use a single piston caliper and have carbon levers to add to the XC appeal with reduced weights.
On the protection side of things, 6D helmets was in attendance with their recently released ATB – 1T trail helmets that uses their patented ODS technology. The Omni-Directional Suspension Technology is the first of it’s kind and giving riders more confidence that they will be protected in the event of a serious crash or head impact. The ATB – 1T retails for $270.
6D built the ATB with two separate EPS liners with 27 elastic isolation dampers in between that give the helmet the patented protection. Keep an eye out for a future issue of Mountain Bike Action to see our full review and write up on this new lid.
KS was on hand with a handful on posts including their new ZETA. The ZETA is a 35 or 50-millimeter travel dropper aimed at cross-country riding. KS will offer this post in a carbon and aluminum versions and will be available April or May. The ZETA will only be available in 30.9 and 31.6 diameter options.