It has taken a little longer than we expected but there are now more 12-speed options available than ever before! The past few weeks have seen SRAM introduce the NX Eagle 12-speed groupset. Officially the most affordable 12-speed drivetrain on the market and a pretty good one by all accounts too.
Only last month we got to see Shimano’s XTR 12-speed in the flesh, and while that extra gear is only currently available to users of the top of the range Japanese drivetrain, we can’t for a moment believe the technology won’t trickle down to XT, SLX and even further.
E*13 recently got in on the fun with an innovative retrofit upgrade that replaces the internals of SRAM 11-speed shifter to make it 12-speed friendly, although we do think they missed a trick not releasing a 13-speed cassette and shifter instead.
Oh, and don’t forget SunRace who quietly rolled out its own 12-speed drivetrain option a few months back.
Although 12-speed is everywhere now, we know that not everyone is rocking that extra gear and many of you might now be planning an upgrade, the question is, “How will you convert to 12-speed?”.
How will you convert to 12-speed?
- I have no intention of upgrading. (55%, 407 Votes)
- I already have SRAM Eagle. (14%, 108 Votes)
- I'll wait until I buy a new bike and chose one with 12-speed. (13%, 100 Votes)
- I'll wait until Shimano releases a more affordable 12-speed option. (11%, 80 Votes)
- I wouldn't mind giving SunRace 12-speed a try. (3%, 24 Votes)
- I'm going for 12-speed Shimano XTR. (3%, 20 Votes)
- I'll use the E*13 kit to upgrade my SRAM 11-speed. (1%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 746
Cast your vote in the poll above and feel free to enter the comments section below to explain how the front derailleur is still alive and kicking that 12-speed is for people who can’t climb.