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SRAM 1×11 Components: Where to spend your money

Part by part breakdown of where you'll find the best bang for your buck
Shifters are an area where you don’t want to skimp, but when it comes to SRAM 1x groups, the X01 shifter ($101) is our pick regardless of price.

Shifters are an area where you don’t want to skimp, but when it comes to SRAM 1x groups, the X01 shifter ($101) is our pick regardless of price.

Shifters are an area where you don’t want to skimp, but when it comes to SRAM 1x groups, the X01 shifter ($101) is our pick regardless of price. It has the most positive shift feel of the three, is sealed better than X1 ($66), and has the adjustable position cable uptake lever that XX1 ($139) has, but with a more affordable alloy lever. You won’t save any weight going with an X01 shifter compared to the X1 shifter, but the crisper shifting and sealing alone are worth the added cost.

The XX1 chain has more stainless parts for smoother shifting and longer life, so we feel it’s worth the added cost compared to the X1 chain.

The XX1 chain has more stainless parts for smoother shifting and longer life, so we feel it’s worth the added cost compared to the X1 chain.

SRAM’s 11-speed mountain chains are limited to just two models, the PC-XX1 ($39) and the PC-X1 ($23). The XX1 chain has more stainless parts for smoother shifting and longer life, so we feel it’s worth the added cost compared to the X1 chain.

So to sum it up, here are our picks for the best value SRAM 1×11 build:

  • Rear Derailleur: X1 ($180)
  • Shifter: X01 ($101)
  • Crankset: Upgrade your old crankset with a Chromag X-Sync ring ($101)
  • Or if you need a crankset, go with an X01 crankset ($249) with direct mount ring, or a complete X1 crankset depending on budget ($400 and up)
  • Cassette: X01 ($251)
  • Chain: XX1 ($39)

While this combination will not produce the most cohesive looking build, performance will be top end. Moreover your significant other will love that the thickness of your wallet hasn’t been reduced to that of a business card by your purchase. Alternatively, you may also want to look at SRAM’s recently released GX drivetrain, which includes affordable 1×11 with 2×11 and 2×10 options.

Also be sure to check out our best bang for buck guide for Shimano drivetrain components.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Highway Star says:

    Are there any 26″ options? I was considering picking up a fox 36 next year or a long travel 34. Only interested in 26″ specific forks.

    • David says:

      Just go with a 27 fork. You’ll have 1/2″ additional mud clearance compared to the 26 and actually have some resale value in a couple years.

  • Chan says:

    Limited choices, but check out the fork builder on the Fox site.

  • charles matheu says:

    No coil options yet ???? Come on fox and rock shox, you know a lot of people want coil !!!

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