SRAM – 5 top components

Here are some must-have components from SRAM

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Sram and Rockshox have gems worthy of the riders’ steeds.

Sram makes drivetrains, brakes, wheels, and many other bike components for high-end mountain bikes. Their other brands, Rockshox and Truvativ cover many other bike categories as well. But what are the best, can’t miss products that you should own from Sram? Below is a list of the best products in our experience, from Sram.

NX Eagle Drivetrain – 1 x 12 for $375

This $375 group can outperform the $1500 groups of a decade ago.

What is it

1x gearing is one of the greatest revolutions in mountain biking with a drivetrain perfectly suited for the demands of the sport. A knock against it was the gearing range but SRAM Eagle with its massive range addressed most of those concerns. Of course price was a concern again with the first XX1 versions introduced at $1417 but riders were hopeful the technology would trickle down to lower-priced groups. Until now, the lowest priced Eagle group was the GX at $495. NX Eagle is $375 and it’s inexpensive and durable.

The GX is $495 and the the NX is quite bit cheaper at $380 ($375 when purchased as a group).

SRAM Eagle XX1 weighs in at 1456 grams and X01 is 1502 grams while GX comes in at 1717 grams. The new NX group comes in at 2049 grams so it’s 302 grams heavier than GX. Price wise, NX is about $1000 cheaper than the first 1×12 systems that first came out.

Price: $375
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Rockshox Lyrik – 150mm to 180mm of smooth travel

Many different, controllable travel options

What is it

When you’re riding enduro, you want a suspension that will handle the trail with ease and save you from your mistakes. The new Lyrik RC2 damper offers independent high and low-speed compression adjustment to make molehills out of mountains. The new DebonAir air spring reduces friction from every single moving part, improving bump absorption and response under load, and drastically reducing rider fatigue. New, shorter offset options make Lyrik RC2 compatible with the confidence-inspiring (and smile-inducing) machines being dreamed up by bike designers around the world.

Different colors and offsets are available.

Price: $999
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Sram Eagle XO1 – The 1×12 that started it all

This has become the gold standard for drivetrains in the past few years.

What is it

At this point, we’ve all grown a little tired of new mountain bike standards, but just like disc brakes and tubeless tires, if it proves its benefit the tribe embraces it. This is the key question we’ll attempt to answer in this review. Does SRAM Eagle 1×12 provide a significant riding benefit, what is it, who benefits? The other question is, how well is it engineered and manufactured to perform the task? Will it survive the demands of aggressive mountain biking? Read on for answers.

354 grams for a cassette that takes the place of the old cassette, the front rings, derailleur and shifter is a revolution.

Price: $1200
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SRAM CODE RSC Brakes – Legendary power and modulation

Stout, controllable braking is what the Code stands for.

What is it

Code RSC is built from the elements that made Guide a benchmark in contemporary brake design and performance, and delivers an extra 15% power to shine in all heavy duty applications. SwingLink™ and Lever Pivot Bearings ensure a smooth and progressive feel at the lever, while the additional 30% positive fluid volume ensures consistent performance even when braking harder, more frequently or with a heavier mass to slow down.

Price: $244
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Rockshox Reverb 1x Remote – Dramatically improve the Reverb dropper

Bring ergonomics and leverage to your Rockshox Reverb.

What is it

The RockShox Reverb is among the most popular dropper posts around, but its lever is a bit dated, designed before the dominance of 1x drivetrains. Now RockShox has introduced a trigger style lever optimized for 1x drivetrains and available 1x handlebar real estate. The new 1x trigger lever pairs SRAM’s shifter design with low-lever-force hydraulic actuation, creating a remote that is ergonomic and easy to actuate. Its excellent ergonomics and light touch mean that riders of all ability levels can use their Reverb posts quicker, more easily, and more often, for better ride control on the trail. And the new Reverb 1x Remote’s Bleeding Edge fitting ensures that the periodic maintenance needed for optimum performance is easier.

Price: $98
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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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  • Richard Jensen says:

    FC, thank you for this info. about the SRAM Eagle Drivetrain. I didn’t even know there was a 12-speed drivetrain out for under $1000 (didn’t bother to check, DOH!)
    I was going to do a Shimano 11-46 11-speed, but after speaking with the LBS, they (and you) convinced me to do the GX 10-50t. Amazon has the whole GX groupset with cranks for only $449. Only $75 more than Shimano 11-speed with 20% more range, no-brainer.

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