SRAM is showing some love to downhill fans, riders and enthusiasts by launching its first dedicated groupset. Though not exactly never-seen-before or innovative, as it borrows technologies from groupsets like the XX1 and X01, the manufacturer’s new product may provide extra performance, especially in terms of strength.
SRAM X01 DH 7-speed will rely on a 1×7 drivetrain, with a CNC-machined chainring available in a wide array of teeth: 30, 32, 34, 36 or 38. As for the cassette, it will feature only the 10-12-14-16-18-21-24 combination. The sprockets bear the name of Mini Block X-Dome, and SRAM claims it’s the lightest downhill sprocket cassette available at the moment. Also, the manufacturer stresses the fact that with a narrower cassette there will be more space between it and the wheel, thus lowering the risk of damage or malfunction.
The X-Horizon rear derailleur has solved the problem of movements caused by chain slap, and features a construction that enables it to shift accurately, and fast. Also, the Cage Lock system comes in hand by allowing you to block the cage in a position that facilitates unmounting the rear wheel.
Aluminum has been used in building the shifters, including the levers, which are now stronger, and able to handle tough encounters with the ground.
The SRAM X01 DH 10-speed version will additionally feature a GripShift shifter, as well as three different cassette configurations: 11-23, 11-25 and 11-26.
Weight and prices:
- X01 DH Carbon crankset (BB included): 740 grams (1.63 lbs), 280 euros
- X01 DH 7-speed rear derailleur (short cage): 257 grams (0.56 lbs), 245 euros
- X01 DH 10-speed rear derailleur (medium cage): 263 grams (0.57 lbs.), 245 euros
- X01 DH shifter: 91 grams (0.2 lbs), 125 euros
- Mini Block 7-speed cassette: 136 grams (0.29 lbs), 269 euros
- XX1 chain: 252 grams (0.55 lbs), 57 euros