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SRAM mountain bike groupset guide

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Our guide to SRAM’s mountain bike groupsets: from X5 to XX1 (© SRAM-Sebastian Schieck)

If you haven’t done so already, it’s likely that the component parts of your drivetrain – the bottom bracket, crankset, hubs, cassette, shifters, chain and derailleurs – are some of the things you’re likely to replace or upgrade before most others.

If you are thinking of upgrading your current drivetrain or its parts, the range of choice out there can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming – should you replace like-with-like? Would it be worth upgrading to a higher spec part? What’s the difference between part (a) and part (b)?

The following components of your drivetrain are some of the parts you’re likely to upgrade or replace before most others:

Crankset

Bottom bracket

Cassette

Shifters

Chain

Derailleur

We’ve put together a guide on the SRAM groupset hierarchy which explains the various levels on offer from SRAM, along with their intended use and features.

Here’s a quick-glance look, from entry level (left) to high performance (right):

SRAM X5

SRAM GX

SRAM X7

SRAM NX

SRAM X9

SRAM X0

SRAM X01

SRAM XX

SRAM XX1

SRAM X5

SRAM X5

An entry-level model in SRAM’s drivetrain selection, X5 is by no means one to ignore. It’s inspired by the company’s more race-ready offerings, and delivers smooth and precise shifting to take your off-road riding to the next level. It’s pretty common to find SRAM X5 parts specced entirely or mixed with other parts on many new hardtails and full-suspension bikes.

Browse our SRAM X5 range

 

SRAM GX

SRAM GX

A successor to SRAM’s X7 and X9 component group, SRAM GX brings 1×11 (11-speed) shifting to the masses, using the innovation and engineering lessons learned from the company’s high-end XX1, X01 and X1 groups. It’s a perfect example of trickle-down technology, and we can’t wait to ride it. Wide-range 10- and 11-speed 2X versions will also be available.

Browse our SRAM GX range

 

SRAM X7

SRAM X7

Things get more serious on X7, with trickle-down technology featuring heavily from higher up in the range. A Type 2 rear derailleur boasts SRAM’s Roller Bearing Clutch and Cage Lock, all complemented by X-Glide shifting – all this translates to a new level of control, precision and reliability whether you’re shredding your local trails or smashing the singletrack on a big mountain adventure.

Browse our SRAM X7 range

 

SRAM NX

SRAM NXBringing one-by 11-speed shifting to the masses, SRAM NX is the popular choice for riders on a budget who want to take advantage of everything SRAM have learned from their higher range one-by system: trickle-down technology at its finest. SRAM NX promises sharp, dependable shifting every time.

Browse our SRAM NX range

 

SRAM X9

SRAM X9

A more lightweight, stiff and reliable option, X9 is the choice of many when upgrading to something that’ll tick both the performance and price boxes. Clean and crisp shifting is the epitome of X9, which is built to last and will look after you on thigh-busting climbs, technical descents and all day missions in the hills.

Browse our SRAM X9 range

 

SRAM X0

SRAM X0

At the higher-end of SRAM’s drivetrain collection, X0 offers dependable performance and maintains accurate smooth shifting for hundreds of trouble-free miles. A smattering of carbon, CNC machined aluminium and other weight saving features makes X0 the choice of performance riders. For the more gravity-oriented out there, an ‘X0 DH’, downhill-specific option is available here too – bombproof, lightweight and durable – ready for gnarly rides in the rough.

Browse our SRAM X0 range

 

SRAM X01

SRAM X01

A recent addition to the SRAM family, X01 adopts the 1×11 gearing setup (single front chainring, no front mech and a large 11-speed cassette at the rear), and promises a similar level of flawless chain management, light weight and precise shifting as the more expensive XX1 group. Because of its versatility and durability, it’s perfect for all riding styles.

Browse our SRAM X01 range

 

SRAM XX

SRAM XX

One for the weight-conscious cross-country riders, XX is a feature-filled, highly adjustable group which comes with a top end price tag. Shift performance via the company’s X-Glide technology is flawless, with a mix of carbon fibre and CNC-machined lightweight aluminium combining to produce some of the most crisp and dependable gearing you’ve experienced.

Browse our SRAM XX range

 

SRAM XX1

SRAM XX1

Using a 1×11 gearing setup (single front chainring, no front mech and a large 11-speed cassette at the rear) XX1 is the top end of the company’s drivetrain collection. Simpler, lighter and more durable than anything before, XX1 is driven by a cutting-edge, single-ring carbon crank and delivers fast, precise shifting for 100% performance when the going gets rough.

SRAM XX1 uses an X-Horizon rear mech with Type 2 technology alongside a super wide range cassette. It’s a race-proven piece of kit too – Swiss rider Nino Schurter has recently secured his second XC Elite Men’s World Championship title on board his XX1-equipped Scott Scale.

Browse our SRAM XX1 range


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