I recently built up an Evil Insurgent for racing the California Enduro Series and I wanted a drivetrain that would give me more range and the ability to climb the slack geo that the Insurgent offers. Coming off a 2016 Santa Cruz 5010 CC that was an exceptional climber, I struggled with drivetrain shifting properly and a lack of durability with Shimano XTR.
When the time came to make a decision on a drivetrain, I went with the SRAM Eagle. Worldwide Cyclery did an insane job answering questions I had about running a Race Face crank and Race Face chainring and mating it to the SRAM cassette (pie plate) out back.
I purchased the SRAM Eagle XO1 Rear Derailleur and X01 Eagle Shifter – all black to keep the Evil theme rollin. Having ridden the bike for 10 days straight now in a variety of conditions and CA winter slop, I couldn’t be more stoked! It is built super tough and the jockey wheel is practically the size of a ninja star. In the past I snapped derailleur cables, and the X01 Eagle SRAM has a shroud that tucks the cable away from grime and mud. Super amped on the service at WC and the XO1 Eagle setup!
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