Creo SL Comp Carbon/EVO -- Shimano HG to SRAM XD Freehub and Cassette Swap

ofcounsel

New Member
Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum.

I own a 2019 Levo Expert and I recently purchased a Creo SL Comp Carbon EVO that I've converted back to non-EVO spec (I loved the navy blue color of the EVO, but don't need the dropper post, flared bars or super wide gravel tires). For the conversion, I used the S-Works Seatpost that comes with the standard Carbon Comp, Specialized Hover Expert handlebars, and Continental GrandPrix 5000TL tires (set up tubeless).

And as many of you know, the Creo Comp Carbon/EVO comes with a Sunrace 11/42T 11-speed cassette. I had a spare 10/42 SRAM XX1 11-speed, so I figured I'd see if I put that on the bike instead of the Sunrace cassette. To that end, I can confirm that the Forumula XD free hub/148mm end cap (Specialized Part # SP-16481H) (Formula Part # FH-535HA + DWG-1000) works on the Comp Carbon wheelset, as I installed it yesterday. The 10T cog on the XX1 cassette should give me about 3mph more top end at an 80rpm cadence. Also, the XX1 cassette and XD free hub combo is 224grams (about 1/2 lbs.) lighter.

I also swapped out the Praxis aluminum crank arms for the carbon Praxis crank arms. The carbon crank arms are only about 110g lighter than the aluminum crank arms, but they look sleeker IMO.
1FBCEAF6-ACF9-4A11-B4FE-F3ED4093B98F.jpeg
 
Last edited:

ofcounsel

New Member
what made you go with Creo vs the Trek Domane HP+ ?
Honestly, the HP+ looks a little off-putting to me. The motor/battery area looks just too unattractive. Similar to the Giant and Cannondale. Aesthetically, I prefer the look of the Specialized. The Specialized also weighs about 10 pounds less than the Trek, which I appreciate. For me, the alternatives to the Specialized were more along the lines of the Orbea, Willier and Bianchi e-bikes.
 

ofcounsel

New Member
Also, once you swap to from the Shimano HG free hub to the SRAM XD free hub, you can also use cassettes with slightly wider gearing, such as the Garbaruk 10-46T 11 speed cassette, or the e*thirteen 9-46T 11 speed cassette, as my understanding is that the GRX derailleur (unofficially) can handle up to a 46T max cassette without having to use goatlinks.
 

RodrigoSL

New Member
Also, once you swap to from the Shimano HG free hub to the SRAM XD free hub, you can also use cassettes with slightly wider gearing, such as the Garbaruk 10-46T 11 speed cassette, or the e*thirteen 9-46T 11 speed cassette, as my understanding is that the GRX derailleur (unofficially) can handle up to a 46T max cassette without having to use goatlinks.
Does the e*thirteen 9-46T 11sp work with the CT derailleur?
 

arnoldc

Member
Anybody has leads where the SP-16481H can be found?

[edit] I found one at BestBike in Germany.
 
Last edited:

arnoldc

Member
445 g :oops:
9-42t, XD Driver. I just need the SP-16481H to arrive and I can give this a test.
 

Attachments

  • 127763253_10216932533616215_212245810715415816_n.jpg
    127763253_10216932533616215_212245810715415816_n.jpg
    43.1 KB · Views: 1