After our SRAM rep Tibor returned my Scott Scale hardtail to me, it was outfitted with a prototype of the new XX1 Eagle. I had no idea what I would do with a 10-50 cassette. After all, the 11-speed, 32 x 10-42 that I used before already gave me all the gears I needed. However, a little online research quickly revealed the advantages without having done a single pedal stroke with it myself: The gear range allows for a larger chainring and hence more top speed and the 50 tooth cog a higher cadence for the steepest climbs. That was promising more fun on the bike. Enough theory, I had to go try it out myself!