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It's simple and simply works

I bought this crankset not for a fancy new XX1 bike, but to convert my current Santa Cruz Highball Carbon into a dedicated 1x10 bike. I used this crank (156 Q-Factor) on the Highball with a SRAM 11-speed chain, 10-speed X0 type-2 rear derailleur and 10-speed cassette. I have never, never dropped my chain. Even on my hardtail and the ultra-rough Southern Utah desert the chain has never come off. This crank is good for a 10 or 11-speed bike and is perfect. On my 29er I use the 32-tooth ring because I often do 5+ mile climbs. Anywhere else I'd probably switch to a 34-tooth, especially for racing in more flat terrain.

It's simple and simply works
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I built up my Highball with the drivetrain described above, and can confirm that it works flawlessly. I'm definitely not a "hacker" when it comes to setting up my bike-- I want everything to work together simply, reliably, and with minimal maintenance. While I was initially skeptical of mixing the XX1 with X0 components, the group of components Noah listed goes together without a hitch and hasn't let me down!

*The full XX1 gruppo includes a climbing cog that is about 20% easier than what you'll get with the mix-and-match 1x10 described above. While the 1x10 is mechanically flawless, if you spend a lot of time in your granny gear you would be well-advised to choose a full XX1 drivetrain.