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Incoming: SRAM’S New X1 Groupset has landed!

Posted by Leif Roy on Wednesday August 6 2014


Needless to say these packages didn’t remain closed for very long.

Back in early May we brought you news that SRAM had released the latest iteration of their 1X drivetrain technology: the more affordable and eagerly anticipated X1. As of this week X1 is now available in New Zealand and the crew at W H Worrall have kindly sent us a set to review. We’ll be releasing the usual full review in an upcoming issue of the magazine, but in the mean time here is a brief re-cap of the details, some firm pricing, and a few photos of our sample components prior to being assembled on a test bike.

By now SRAM’s 1X technology should need no introduction, but I’ll give a very brief one anyway. ┬áSRAM 1X does away with the need for multiple front chainrings by offering an 11 speed rear cassette with a broad range of gear ratios. 1X also significantly improves chain retention as doing away with mulitple front chainrings has allowed SRAM to develop a ‘narrow/wide’ tooth profile that better matches chainring to chain and, in combination with the ‘X-Horizon’ rear derailleur, reduces the likelihood of dropping a chain. In a nutshell, SRAM 1X systems provide better chain retention, and simplify the whole system by doing away with the need for multiple front chainrings and/or a chain guide.

X1 will be offered as a bundle in New Zealand, including the 1000 X-Sync cranks. This is the lighter 1400 X-Sync crank which we’re also reviewing (you can only purchase this on its own, it’s not available as part of the groupset) .


The X1 XG-1180 Mini Cluster. Not quite as trick as the XX1 or XO1 version but still very tidy (and more affordable). The finish is ‘Fast Black’ and it weighs in at 315 grams (only 40 grams heavier than the XO1 version).

The X1 rear derailleur offers pretty much all the features that make other SRAM 1X drive trains tick, minus some of the more exotic materials. (X-Horizon, larger upper pulley, X-Sync pulley wheels, and a clutch system)


X-Actuation lever – MatchMaker compatible, forged aluminium lever and an aluminium cover.


The PC-X1 chain . . . two tone

Here’s a vid from SRAM that gives a full run down on the X1 groupset.


As mentioned above, X1 will be offered in New Zealand as a bundle including the 1000 X-Sync cranks, a 32 tooth chainring, A GXP bottom bracket, the cluster, the chain, the rear derailleur, and the shifter.

X1 bundle – $1182

Of course you’ll need a rear wheel with a XD freewheel to run X1. Alternatively there will be another bundle option that includes a pair of Roam 30 wheels (with XD freewheel) ready to roll with X1 straight out of the box.

X1 and Roam 30 wheelset bundle – $1814

We’re yet to take a spin on the X1 groupset but as soon as we have we’ll update you on our first impressions.


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