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Trickle-down at its best.
You get it: one-by is the future of mountain biking, it's the only way to upgrade, it's the Next Best Thing for good reason, etc. You believe wholeheartedly in the hype—and rightfully so—but you can't drop a full month's rent on bike parts again or your roommate may do something drastic. Fortunately for you and your domestic situation, SRAM's NX 1x GXP Crankset makes one-by drivetrains more accessible for those not blessed with unlimited upgrade budgets.
The introduction of the NX groupset has inspired a level of buzz usually reserved for technologies triple its price. It was created to be an entry-level, budget-friendly option, and its simple, solid construction won't necessarily be winning industry-wide awards for weight, but is already attracting serious attention as the most affordable one-by crankset on the market. In an age of carbon-fiber arms races, combing new technologies with economy is an innovation in and of itself.
SRAM offers the NX in a variety of sizes and lengths, but the 170mm and 175mm GXP options are designed to be ideal for your XC, trail, or all-mountain rig, with a solid 6000-series aluminum construction and a GXP spindle. The SRAM X-SYNC chainring itself also boasts a durable aluminum construction, with each tooth machined to interact seamlessly with the chain's inner and outer links for smooth, powerful pedaling whether dicing down a steep backside hill or laboring along a winding climb.
- A lightweight and durable one-by crankset
- Aluminum construction
- GXP spindle
- X-Sync chainring boasts confident chain retention
- Item #SRM009T
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I gave this as a gift, but he is absolutely loving his NX drivetrain. The ability to run SRAM 11sp on wheels that aren't XD drivers is a great addition to the bike world. solid and smooth. Highly recommend
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If your looking to swap to 1x11 on the cheap, look no further. This is a great crank, for a great price. not the lightest, but think of all that weight and hassle you will save by ditching that front der. forever.