Image courtesy of Mountain Bike Review The new decade has brought some pretty interesting trends in the mountain bike world. Riders (myself included), are in a constant quest to get in on the latest greatest equipment. I’m not sure if it’s FOMO, or just the hope that new equipment is going to make us faster and the while riding experience better, but the pressure on bike and bike part manufacturers is real. Companies are reacting by filling the pipeline with new mountain bike products, as it’s the only way to get riders like us to crack open our wallets. And I would say most of the new products I’ve ridden lately has been up to expectations...not amazing, but they function well, and help keep both wheels on the ground. There is one glaring exception: Shimano’s new 12-Speed XT groupset. The new XT has so exceeded my expectations, I find myself acting the part of an unpaid brand ambassador, telling anyone who will listen how enthralled I am with the group. Below are 4 reasons why I believe Shimano’s new 12-Speed XT is the ultimate groupset for every rider.