FRESH PRODUCT: SRAM X01, 11 SPEED FOR THE MASSES

Words by Mick Ross | Images by Mick Ross

The not-so-minor details

Product

SRAM X01

Contact

SRAM
www.sram.com

Positives

Negatives

SRAM’s highly anticipated price option drivetrain, X01 has been trickling out on new bikes over the last weeks. Note that this is the OEM (not available to buy aftermarket) spec drivetrain only that will be found on new 2014 models, with the SRAM X01 arriving to our shores around September.

Technology trickle-down to lower price points, at its best.

Technology trickle-down to lower price points, at its best. 220g.

Eleven speed chain, without the hollow links to save on manufacturing costs.

Eleven speed chain, without the hollow links to save on manufacturing costs.

SRAM could not have dreamed of a better reception to their single ring, 11-speed drivetrain. It has gone on to become the most desirable bit of gear around. SRAM hinted of trickle-down technology to cheaper price points, and here is the first to come out of the SRAM lair.

OEM spec, a black coloured cassette, very stealth.

OEM spec, a black coloured cassette, very stealth. 275g.

The X0 shifter gets one more click to X01. No carbon means many less dollars.

The X0 shifter gets one more click to X01. No carbon means many less dollars.

What appears to be using less carbon materials in the crank arms and shifters, and a less machining intensive cassette manufacturing process, X01 is remarkably similar to XX1 in every way.

800g w/bottom bracket - plus a smaller diameter bolt mounting, for the low range 30 tooth chainring.

800g w/bottom bracket – plus a smaller diameter bolt mounting for the low range 30 tooth chainring.

Alternating jockey wheel teeth, for chain security.

Alternating jockey wheel teeth, for chain security.

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