SRAM: Introducing the New X1 1×11 Drivetrain May 2, 2014

SRAM is killing it this year. Now, the 1×11 system is even more affordable:

“ONE FOR ALL. From SRAM X1 comes the integrated drivetrain engineered in Germany for every rider and every trail. The simple, smart and synchronized design delivers confidence in the face of any terrain—from cross-country racing to all-mountain adventure. With our super-wide 10-42 gear range and multiple chain ring options, it’s the universal drivetrain for experienced or new-to-the-trail riders. Featuring our X-SYNC™ chain rings, optimized MINI CLUSTER™ cassette and dependable X-HORIZON™ rear derailleur, X1 puts the power of the SRAM 1X philosophy into every ride. SRAM X1. LIMITLESS.”

See more at SRAM.

  • Tommaso Gomez

    So I just converted my old 26″ Santa Cruz Superlight to a 1X10 with an SLX shifter, rear mech, 11-36t cassette and RaceFace Ride Singlespeed 32T crankset with a Narrow-Wide chainring (no chain guide needed). I spent about $250, and I couldn’t be happier. Zero dropped chains, smooth and reliable shifting, and a gear range that is good enough to cover 95% of my climbing needs. I appreciate what SRAM has done with 1X11, but I’m not sure the added cost justifies the marginal utility of that 42T cog – you might was well just run it up the hill.

    • Yeah, that tech for the narrow wide tooth was designed and developed by SRAM. Then Wolf Tooth and Race Face ‘copied’ it.

      The 42 totally helps on steep trails, but I get what you’re saying.

      • Tommaso Gomez

        Good to know. From what I’ve heard, it was quite difficult to develop a derailleur system that could jump from a 36T to 42T cog – that’s where the added cost is justified.

        • Erik

          they can all do it actually, its not hard… you can find a lot of 42t cogs that mount to 10s cassettes and all you do is adjust your B screw and you have an 11-42… and Shimano Capreo uses a 9-26 with no special derailleur… so… yeah… there is a lot yet to shake out in the 1x world… google Canfield microdrive hub

          • Tommaso Gomez

            Nice, so you can run a 10-speed 9-36T on the Canfield microdrive hub? If you run a 28T chainring, the range is comparable to a 1X11 10-42 with a 30T chainring – and much more affordable.

      • stateofnonreturn

        Rookie question, can you use a White Ind. VBC Mtn crank to run 1X10 (yay or nay on the chain guide)? I am assuming 1X11 is a whole another world.

        • The 1x rings SRAM manufactures are designed to not need a chain guide. The profile of the ring keeps the chain on. Other normal 1x setups need a guide.

  • datniqqanoel

    Nice to see when well designed products trickle down to the lower pricepoints. Does the driver that replaces the freehub work with any hub?

  • t h

    Yes, great to see cassette’s for around $300.

  • Richard Smith

    Will there be a feature on the new XTR groupset at some point? Does anybody else find it weird that it still ain’t Di2? And damn SRAM’s platitudinous use of marketing buzzwords in capital letters with trademarks after them makes me want to take up barefoot running

    • Tommaso Gomez

      If 1X11 becomes the standard setup for XC, I don’t think you’ll see Di2 on any mountain bikes. There won’t be a front derailleur to true (which is the main advantage of Di2) and nobody wants to spend $400+ on an electric rear derailleur that can break after one bad spill.

      • Yeah, that’s the last thing I wanna be replacing when a stick or a rock shears off my derailleur.

        • Richard Smith

          You guys are assuming that a Di2 rear mech is always going to cost $400+. It’s only a regular rear mech with a cheap solenoid motor on it – give it 5 years and they’ll be 5 bucks a pop!
          …or somewhere in that region.

          And you’re also assuming that 1×11 is becoming the standard according to Shimano. Obviously, it IS becoming the standard, but Shimano seem to think otherwise and that’s why I was surprised there’s no Di2 option.