2015 – The standards battle: We’ve figured out wheel sizes and most of suspension,
but many questions remain unanswered. ❏
2014 – The 27. 5 revolution:
This was the year when the
wheels on the 26er wagon
started to really wobble. The
and we were there to
2012 – Shimano’s Shadow Plus stops chain slap: Those little clutches
on most any derailleur were non-existent prior to 2012. They keep our
bikes happier. Be glad Shimano invented the technology.
2013 – SRAM’s single-ring XX1: SRAM
basically invented the 1x drivetrain, and it
was unveiled in the 2013 season. If you’re
riding without a front derailleur, you can
thank SRAM. Its revolutionary system
included the huge 10-42 cassette and a
chainring that refused to drop chains.
2011 – The shootout you’ve been asking
for: We finally pitted a 26er against a 29er
with two Cannondale trailbike hardtails.
The match would be a draw, but we all
know which wheel size ultimately won out
in the long run.