Everybody knows already about the SRAM XX1 drivetrain and how amazing it is. One big problem for lots of riders: Money! Niner Bikes broke the silence about a new, more affordable SRAM X01 group: “You heard it here first! We’ve got SRAM XO1 on the way! Complete bikes available from Niner with the group everyone has been waiting for. We are working on the pics, but in the meantime, here are the build specs – get yours on order now, this is going to be a high demand group:”
Although we haven’t received any official press release from SRAM, we found this statement here:
SRAM announced their latest addition to the 11sp range over the weekend with their new X01 drivetrain. Designed around their “championship-winning 1X philosophy” the X01 promises to bring a simple 1 x 11sp platform to a more affordable price point. By dropping down to a single front ring SRAM have been able to increase chain retention through a unique chain ring design while eliminating the need for a front shifter and derailleur for a lower group weight.
At the heart of the X01 11sp drivetrain is SRAM’s X-DOME cassette which provides one of the widest ranges of gearing available, without the need for additional front rings. Similarly to the 1X range the X01 will offer a 10-42t 11sp cassette with a variety of front ring sizes, from 28T through to 38T, to provide a gear range to suit any trail you have the chance to ride.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for the group however expect it to sit somewhere around the $1000-$1200 mark. SRAM have confirmed that the X01 drivetrain is to be stocked on several 2014 model bikes which we will see from August this year while the drivetrain group will be available to purchase aftermarket from September.