Could you explain why you think they’re going in the wrong direction?
SRAM has failed to ever make a front derailleur that works. First they tried to get the Hammerschmidt thing going, then they figured a 2X10 would work and now, they have an extremely wide range 1X11. Watch how the chain flexes as it goes through the travel of the cassette. Also, the whole wider teeth for the outer links and narrower links for the inner is absurd. The chain won’t always hit the same tooth on the same link as it is pedaled. I’m guessing someone screwed up on the video. It’s a fail out of the gate.
Umm, not to come off as a SRAM fanboy, but the chainrings come in even tooth counts and chains always have an equal number of links alternating between outer/inner, or wide inside dimension/narrow inside dimension. So the chain WILL always hit the same tooth on the same link as it’s pedaled. Also, watch any chain on any cassette and you will see the apparent flex. It’s just the sideways play built into the chain so it is allowed to pick up on the teeth of the adjacent cog/ring.
I’ve been running 1x drivetrains for years and while I understand that with only 8 or 9 speeds it’s not for everybody, if SRAM has done as good a job with this as they did with 2×10, it will open up the possibility of 1x for the masses. I agree that Shimano’s front shifting is the best, but that definitely comes at the expense of chain retention.
I’m happy to see a company trying something different, again.
You are correct, see here http://mooseknuckleralliance.org/2012/07/mine-definitely-does-not-go-to-11/
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