SRAM mourns death of front derailleur - do you?

Is the MTB front derailleur really dead? Vote in our poll

SRAM has just released a video mourning the passing of the front derailleur on modern mountain bikes. 

"Though not a sudden departure, the weight of finality is heavy...it's time to say goodbye to the mountain bike front derailleur forever," the narrator solemnly states. 

This video eulogy could be more proof that SRAM's rumored wide-range 1x12 will be released very soon. Click here to read our analysis of how this 1x12 drivetrain could stack up against the competition and what it might mean for you.   

This video also begs the question: is the front derailleur really dead? Sure, SRAM might not plan to include front derailleurs and multiple chainrings in its future drivetrains, but is that what the majority of mountain bikers want? 

Share your opinion in this survey and sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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