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SRAM 1X Apex drivetrain aims for simplicity, low cost

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Feb. 25, 2016
  • Updated Mar. 2, 2016 at 12:45 PM EDT

SRAM announced the release of its Apex 1 drivetrain Thursday, an affordable single-ring system intended for road riding. The group is sold with either road levers or a mountain bike-style shifter, so the system works with both drop bars and flat bars. While it’s not likely to find a home on many race bikes, Apex 1 is a low-cost, simple option for recreational road riders and even gravel riders.

The group is reminiscent of SRAM’s Force 1 kit that also eliminates the front derailleur, but the Apex kit is priced more affordably. The rear derailleur accommodates up to a 42-tooth cog and has SRAM’s Cagelock system to help eliminate chain slap, and the crankset features SRAM’s X-Sync tooth profile to help keep the chain in place.

Apex 1 rear derailleur
Price: $79
Weight: 314 grams

S350 1x crankset
Price: $116 (GXP), $151 (BB30)
Weight: 762 grams
Comes in 38-, 40-, 42-, and 44-tooth options; available in 170, 172.5, and 175mm crank arm lengths

Apex 11-speed flat bar shifter
Price: $27
Weight: 142 grams

Apex 1 HRD shift/brake control
Price: $199 left control, $249 right control
Weight: 704 grams (both shifters, calipers, hoses)
Caliper comes in either direct mount or 74mm versions

PG-1130 cassette
Price: $79
Weight: 538 grams
Compatible with all SRAM 11-speed chains and SRAM 1X drivetrains; also compatible with non-XD driver bodies

PC-1110 chain
Price: $14
Weight: 259 grams (114 links)

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