Best new value priced products of 2015

The eight best bang-for-your-buck products of the year

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After extensive testing, Praxis found that 40t was the optimal cassette size for current 10 speed derailleurs. Going beyond that compromised shifting performance.

After extensive testing, Praxis found that 40t was the optimal cassette size for current 10-speed derailleurs. Going beyond that compromised shifting performance (click to enlarge).

Praxis Works 11-40 Cassette

While brands like One Up have created solutions to help extend the range of your current drivetrain, these adapters often compromise shifting performance in some capacity. That’s why the new 10-speed cassette from Praxis is so attractive. It provides a wide range of gearing, promises crisp shifts, and retails for a very reasonable $130. For more info on the Praxis Cassette, check out our coverage here.

The Shimano Deore XT groupset has been a leader in the bang-for-your-budget category since it was first introduced in 1983.

The Shimano Deore XT groupset has been a leader in the bang-for-your-budget category since it was first introduced in 1983 (click to enlarge).

Shimano XT Groupset

While Shimano’s XTR group might be lighter and sexier, the XT group hits the true sweet spot for performance and price. For this year, it received major updates. Now we jut need a Di2 option. To learn more, check out our coverage from the Sea Otter launch.

A GX1 1x drivetrain retails for an astonishing 47% less than SRAM’s next most affordable drivetrain, the X1.

SRAM’s GX1 1x drivetrain retails for 47% less than SRAM’s next most affordable drivetrain, X1 (click to enlarge).

SRAM GX1

When SRAM released its original XX1 drivetrain, it made a 1x drivetrain a realistic alternative to riders who needed a wide gear range. Unfortunately, the price of admittance was higher than the cost of an entry level hardtail. But their new GX drivetrain offers similar levels of performance to SRAM’s high end 1x groupsets, but retails for nearly half the price. For more info on the GX drivetrain, check out our first look here.

The Sram X-Sync Chainrings are available in 28, 30, & 32T Chainrings. SRAM X-SYNC Steel 1x Chainrings.jpg - The Sram X-Sync Chainrings are available in 28, 30, & 32T Chainrings.

The SRAM X-Sync chainrings are available in 28, 30, and 32t options. (click to enlarge).

SRAM X-SYNC Steel Chainrings

It’s a little unusual for us to highlight a brand twice in one list, but SRAM has been on a roll this year. In between releasing GX1 and the RockShox Yaris, they unveiled a steel version of their direct mount narrow wide chainring that retails for only $20. More info at www.sram.com.

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  • Cameron says:

    I think the whole SRAM GX line is great. You can pick up the 1×11 or 2×10 for a good price

  • justwanna ride says:

    Toyota released the Yaris, SRAM/Rock Shox the Yari.

    That’s a good list of solid performing products that don’t break the bank.

  • jiw71 says:

    looking for a deal on a mechanical drop post? Try the Tmar – $95.00 with 3 height (spring loaded) selections. And it actually works in Canadian winters! unlike the expensive KS Lev drop posts.

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