Thanks for the detailed reply Dave, I'd actually love to learn more.
Btw I'm getting the Bailout cassette the moment it's available (if I can afford it) because it's just what I need for my multiple 1x bikes.
When we began development of a component/kit option for our frames imagine a 3T employee asking a SRAM employee for a price list. How do you think SRAM would react in March 2016 to this request from 3T? A SRAM OE price list contains a wealth of confidential information including costing on handlebars, stems, seatposts, wheels and other parts that 3T also manufactures. It may also contain country of origin, bulk packaging quantities and other details that would allow 3T to position our products at a competitive advantage in an OE marketplace. 3T was not in a position to expose our intention of launching a frameset yet we needed SRAM parts to outfit the bikes. This is just one of the hurdles to initiating the acquisition of components be it SRAM or Shimano. Now today our intentions are clear to SRAM that we outfit our frames with their parts but if we sourced a component groupset without a cassette surely the question would be raised, "who's cassette are you using" and thus some dialogue would need to begin on 3T creating a competing product in the drivetrain category. So we continue to cooperate by buying complete groups from SRAM so they are ready for our frame launch. The lead time for frame production hovers around 120-150 days from PO to delivery and components are 90-120d. When the frame was ready for production we had just 30 days to finish the cassette design that was largely based on feedback from riding the frame! So you can understand that in order to be prepared for sales' needs we had to outfit the complete bicycle option with parts that were available 120 days ago. So we did that. It is also worth noting that in many areas of the planet the 9-32t is far more range (356%) than is required. In Florida, the Midwest, Texas, Dubai, Netherlands, etc riders have been using 1x on their performance bikes with 11-25,6,8, and 32t cassettes. Here the 227-290% range is adequate so the production bike can be set up and/or catered to a broad audience by keeping the 50T ring up front.
Ok, that's lesson 1. Come back later for 2 thru 50