Truvativ Elita GXP compact chainset review

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80.0 out of 5 stars

"Good performance with an open and traditional look"

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 9.30am By

Thru-axle chainsets are becoming commonplace now, and rightly so - the benefit of a bigger, more widely spaced set of bearings supporting a large hollow axle is massively increased stiffness that's immediately noticeable.

This platform is coupled with a fairly traditional one piece forged crank and compact spider design that's plenty solid enough to cope with heavy pedalling with no discernible flex. I had no problems fitting the Elita, but mind your fingers - those Truvativ chainrings are mighty sharp! If you're upgrading at home you can add another tenner to the price to cover a new bb tool. The bearing cups are simple to install, and the non-drive crank secures with an oversize crank bolt. The resulting setup worked faultlessly from mile one. In theory the change from a standard 53T big ring to a compact 50T should have required a minor front mech adjustment, but in practice it wasn't necessary, so have a test ride before you go fettling.

Shifting performance between the two rings is good. At 882g and £129 with bottom bracket cups, the Elita is going head to head with Shimano's new R700 compact, which is a shade lighter but also a touch pricier. Performance-wise, I reckon you'd be hard pressed to separate them. I prefer the Elita's more open and traditional look, but one man's meat...

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Specification

Name:
Elita GXP Compact Chainset
Brand:
Truvativ
Price:
£99

Bottom Bracket Included:
f
Chainrings Included:
t
Crank Length:
175
Splined Crank:
f
Weight (g):
882
Colour:
Black
Material:
Aluminium
Gearing:
9 speed 34/50
Chainring Size (No of Teeth):
50
Chain Speed Compatibility:
9

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