Looks like for XC dudes these days it's all about the "one ring". Hot on the heels of the MRP 1.x Guide comes the E13 XCX - XC guide, designed for elite level cross country racers and cycle cross riders. Full press release below. e*thirteen components is proud to release the XCX, a chain retention system literally years in the making. Like all e*thirteen products, the XCX has been proven at the highest levels of competition right out of the gate. Having won the Men's Elite Silver medal in the 2009 UCI World Championship Cross Country race the XCX is the first chain retention system in the world to podium at a international World Cup XC event.
The brainchild of World Cup mechanic and now Worldwide Sales Director Jonas Mikolayunas, the XCX has been used by friends and employees of e*thirteen since 2004. Racing and rider feedback is of top importance to e*thirteen, and in 2005, e*thirteen introduced the XCX to top World Cup CX and XC riders. Unfortunately, the XCX was a bit ahead of its time. Many professional riders werent quite ready for the idea, so the product was shelved until a time that perceptions had changed. The recent emergence of the wide-range ten speed cassette has allowed XC races and riders to drop weight by using only a middle ring. The time for the XCX is now. Several riders, including Subaru/Gary Fisher rider Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski trusted his race run at Worlds with the XCX. JHK said of the products performance, The e*13 XCX chainguide worked flawlessly the first time out. I didn't have a single chain skip or issue the entire week.
Product highlights: Extremely light at 56 grams! 1.5 mm backplate spacing with provided 0.5 mm spacers allows perfect setup World Championship gold medalproven top slider design Gear range of 32T 42T, low enough for the steep Mont Saint Anne XC climbs and high enough to win the Glouchester cyclocross! Available in black or white Made in the USA!!! Recession proof, affordable at under NZ$100