OneUp Components has established itself as a provider of 42er sprockets for 1×10 drivetrains. Gradually, the Americans have expanded their range and placed new products on the market to optimize shifting performance. In addition to a 16 tooth sprocket which improves the gear ratios, they followed with a RAD Cage switch arm, which changes the position of the upper shifting jockey wheel of the Mid-Cage Shimano rear derailleur and so should improve performance even further.
It is important to say that the RAD Cage can be mounted only on Mid-Cage Shadow + Shimano derailleurs. However, it does not matter whether it is an XTR, XT or SLX rear derailleur, the cage is prepared for all those models.
Even when large pinion we opted for the product of OneUp Components. How this get mounted, we have already presented to you here . For customized ratios we decided to mount the 16 tooth sprocket which replaces the original 15 and 17 tooth model.
Here is the detailed how-to video from OneUp Components:
Thanks to the excellent video tutorials it is pretty easy to mount the RAD Cage. Even the setting of the rear derailleur was no big deal and in the bike stand, the shifting speed and precision were impressive. This was also confirmed in the field, the chain jumps easily from the 36s to the big 42er gear and back without any reduced performance on the lower sprockets. With a price of 35$, the RAD Cage is a useful tool to improve the shifting quality of the 1×10 drive.
For more information visit the Website of OneUp Components.
Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer