Everything changed three years ago when SRAM launched the XX1 groupset and even though it cost around $1500.00 back then (now found cheaper on some sites), people were pawning their possessions to get their hands on this groundbreaking bit of kit which only the pro’s could afford. Well, we got our hands on the more affordable little brother of the XX1, the SRAM X1 groupset, which features in Issue #015, in ‘The Lab’ – which reviews highly sought after products on long term tests.
Depending on your riding preferences, an 11-speed drivetrain is pretty much the one you want your feet pushing the power through for almost any situation. Lightweight, reliable and now, highly affordable, the SRAM X1 groupset is a small step down from the XX1, but still reaping the same rewards. When it was released, we were suitably excited to see how the significantly cheaper X1 groupset would perform over our long-term tests on aggressive terrain.
1,800km down and our conclusion was simple and efficient, much like the groupset: incredible! “Even after eighteen – pretty rainy – races and countless rides, the drivetrain is still working like it did on its first outing!” says Aaron, brimming with praise for its durability. “Despite the fact that the black coating has rubbed away in quite a few areas, this doesn’t appear (yet) to have affected the shifting performance. I’ve only had to replace the cable housing once.”
Tester: Aaron Steinke
Testing Time: 7 months
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Words: Aaron Steinke Photos: Christoph Bayer