Wolf Tooth Components out-gears SRAM and Shimano

New wide-range add-on cog plus new dropper lever

When it comes to the arms race that is drivetrain development, it’s usually a two-sided battle between SRAM and Shimano. SRAM, arguably, has the upper hand at the moment with its 1x12 Eagle drivetrain and 1x11 groups at every price point.  

But there’s room for smaller contenders to muscle their way into the fray with aftermarket upgrade kits to give riders on 10- and 11-speed drivetrains more range for less money.

You can trace the evolution of cassette sizes by taking a look at Wolf Tooth's add-on cogs
You can trace the evolution of cassette sizes by taking a look at Wolf Tooth's add-on cogs

Wolf Tooth is launching a full frontal assault with the introduction of a 49t upgrade cog for 11-speed drivetrains that provides nearly all the range of SRAM Eagle in a much more affordable package.

GC 49T kit

The complete GC 49T kit comes in red, gold, black, silver, blue and green
The complete GC 49T kit comes in red, gold, black, silver, blue and green

Wolf Tooth’s latest wide-range kit is designed to work with 11-speed Shimano XT and SLX and Sunrace 11-42t cassettes, as well as SRAM’s entry-level NX cassette, which uses a Shimano-style freehub, rather than SRAM’s XD driver.

The kit consists of a massive 49t aluminum cog, an 18t cog, inner derailleur cage plate and an offset upper jockey wheel.

So why stop at 49? Why not go all the way to 50? According to Wolf Tooth, SRAM’s 11-speed rear derailleurs can handle a 49t cog, but not 50t without additional modifications.

The back pulley plate and offset upper jockey pulley are required when setting up 11-speed Shimano derailleurs with the GC 49T cog
The back pulley plate and offset upper jockey pulley are required when setting up 11-speed Shimano derailleurs with the GC 49T cog

The GC 49T kit is available now and retails for £100 / $130 / AU$170. Replacement 49t cogs will set buyers back £70 / $90 / AU$120.

ReMote dropper lever

Wolf Tooth's ReMote lever mounts directly to Shimano and SRAM brake levers. It also comes in a hinged clamp version
Wolf Tooth's ReMote lever mounts directly to Shimano and SRAM brake levers. It also comes in a hinged clamp version

This small Minneapolis, Minnesota, company is also taking the fight to dropper seatpost companies by launching a lever designed to work with nearly any cable-actuated dropper.

The ReMote has a 1x-specific design intended to mount in place of a front shift lever. The ergonomic aluminum lever pivots on a cartridge bearing for smooth operation. Another nice feature is the use of a plate to secure the cable, rather than a set screw, which tends to mangle the cable end.

Wolf Tooth offers the ReMote in a standard hinged clamp, as well as direct-mount versions for SRAM and Shimano brake levers.

The ReMote lever retails for £46 / $60 / AU$80.

Visit wolftoothcomponents.com for more information.

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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