Righty’o, so the main talking point in this product release (for a change) is not the top of the line models but in fact the mid-level range. Coming in less than half the price of the XX1 Eagle mechanical drivetrain, the new GX Eagle offering packs an unbelievable punch. SRAM’s product managers and engineering team spared no expense in terms of development time and resources in the quest to create the best performing mid-level drivetrain that the market has ever seen. Aesthetically each GX component in the new range looks a million bucks with that deep grey two-tone anodization colourway which the brand has named ‘Luna’. But as riders we all know that it doesn’t matter how good something looks if it doesn’t have the ride quality to match then it’s all over red rover. Luckily that is one area where the new GX group really comes out swinging for the rafters. In addition to the new mega cassette which we’ll talk more about shortly, the other area of the groupset that they focused a ton of energy was in redesigning the rear derailleur. It features a completely new cage design which claims to be far more robust than the previous version. Which is great news for riders because with all that added strength engineered into the new rear mech it means goodbye to those reliability issues that occasionally plagued late-model GX drivetrains.
Value for money is what the new GX is all about. We’re talking $899.95 (Aussie RRP) for the entire setup; rear mech, cassette, cranks, bottom bracket, chain and trigger shifter. And SRAM have also released something really cool that we haven’t seen in the GX line-up before which is the option of a carbon fiber crank upgrade which you can pick up for around an extra $250. Okay so let’s take a closer look at each component starting with the most eye catching ‘big’ addition...
GX Eagle cassette
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