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Basic Guide: Introduction to SRAM Mountain Bike Components

SRAM really took off as a brand when they ventured into the mountain bike components market. While they had originally conceived of their Grip Shift system for road bikes, it soon became clear that the future of the technology lay on the trail.

So the guys from Chicago modified their system, and started driving out to mountain bike events in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, selling their wares out of the trunk of their car. It didn’t take long for SRAM to take off, and soon the brand had become a major player in mountain bike components.

Thanks to in-house innovations like 1:1 shifting and Exact Actuation, and the more recent 1x11 drivetrain revolution, as well as technology picked up along the way thanks to their acquisitions of Avid, Truvativ, and RockShox, SRAM has come to be one of the most dominant forces on the trail today.

Currenlty, SRAM offers 7 mountain bike groupsets, wheels, brake systems and suspension systems to take your riding to a new level. Figuring out which component groupsets fall where are and how they relate to each other can be tricky, so here’s a guide to help you figure out what’s what.

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*Please note that SRAM shifters and derailleurs are not cross-compatible with any Shimano shifters or derailleurs due to differences in cable pull ratios. Chains, cassettes and cranksets are cross-compatible.

 

SRAM Mountain Bike Groupsets

XX1: XX1 is SRAM’s revolutionary new 1x11 group, and also sits at the top of SRAM’s lineup. XX1 is an 11-speed MTB groupset with a single chainring up front and an 11-speed cassette in the back with a massive 10t-42t gear range. XX1 saves weight, since there is no front derailleur or shifter, and makes MTB drivetrains simpler. This means less stuff to break, less maintenance time, and faster, more efficient riding. The XX1 rear derailleur also features the Type 2 rear derailleur with the roller bearing clutch and cage lock to eliminate chain slap.  XX1 is available with either trigger shifter or Grip Shift.

 

XX: XX is SRAM’s top of the line, pro-level 10-speed race group. Striking the ultimate balance between light weight and proven durability, XX is the secret weapon for the rider who demands ultimate performance. The XX rear derailleur also features the Type 2 rear derailleur with the roller bearing clutch and cage lock to eliminate chain slap.With flawless X-Glide shifting technology, and lightweight construction using materials like titanium and carbon fiber, XX delivers race-ready performance for the rider who demands the very best.

 

X01: X01 brings SRAM’s coveted 1x11 11-speed drivetrains down a level for the rider who wants big performance, but doesn’t need the exotic materials and feather-light construction found in XX1. Like XX1, X01 is an 11-speed MTB groupset with a single chainring up front and an 11-speed cassette in the back with a massive 10t-42t gear range. XX1 saves weight, since there is no front derailleur or shifter, and makes MTB drivetrains simpler. This means less stuff to break, less maintenance time, and faster, more efficient riding. The X01 rear derailleur also features the Type 2 rear derailleur with the roller bearing clutch and cage lock to eliminate chain slap.X01 is ideal for the rider who wants the latest and greatest gear without emptying their bank account.

 

X0: SRAM X0 is nearly the same as X0, just with the addition of a few extra grams. This 10-speed group substitutes much of the carbon fiber and exotic materials found on XX for more durable alloy and steel. The X0 rear derailleur also features the Type 2 rear derailleur with the roller bearing clutch and cage lock to eliminate chain slap.The group is still high performance and crazy light, and delivers 2x10 performance that’s more than race worthy. Available in both trigger shifter or Grip Shift options, X0 is ideal for the rider who demands big performance.

 

X9: SRAM X9 is engineered to endure. If you’re the kind of rider that wants to go fast and no worry about breaking stuff, the X9 group is the 2x10 groupset you’ve been looking for. This all alloy component group is remarkably lightweight and more than race ready, but capable of taking a few knocks on the trail. The X9 rear derailleur also features the Type 2 rear derailleur with the roller bearing clutch and cage lock to eliminate chain slap.It’s available in trigger shifter or Grip Shift versions.

 

X7: X7 delivers big performance for riders who prefer to get out and have some fun than worry about how fast they’re going. The X7 10-speed group gets some of the trickle down from XX and X0, like the Type 2 rear derailleur with the roller bearing clutch and cage lock to eliminate chain slap. Available in both 9- and 10-speed varieties, with Grip Shift or Trigger shifters, X7 delivers plenty of performance at a price that’s easy on the wallet.

 

X5: SRAM X5 is the company’s workhorse group, and is designed for a day of fun on the trail, without breaking the bank. X5 feature smooth and precise X-Glide shifting and legendary 2x10 performance that makes every shift so easy, you’ll hardly notice it. The all alloy construction makes X5 more durable and capable of handling rough trail without worrying about breaking your new components. X5 is available in 9- and 10-speed versions.

 

 

 

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