SRAM GX 1400 crankset review£155.00

Great teeth, decent arms

BikeRadar score4/5

SRAM started the whole single-chainring, no chain device revolution with its X-Sync narrow/wide knobble-topped rings and its GX group brings the whole 1x11 speed system to a much more affordable price point. The S1400 crank option delivers all of SRAM’s crank advantages in a tough, stiff package that makes it a great mid-price option.

The alloy build obviously makes it heavier than SRAM’s carbon options but it’s stiffer and tougher when it comes to day in, day out trail battering, particularly if you regularly smash your crank tips on rocks. The three-bolt-secured, scalloped spline system also enables you to lighten it considerably with a direct mount X-Sync ‘spiderless’ six-arm chainring (which is how most UK cranks will actually be supplied shortly). Alternatively, it can be swapped for multi-chainring spiders if single-ring doesn’t work out for you.

While the basic narrow/wide tooth tech has been widely copied, the distinctive faceted top tooth profile still runs more securely and quietly than most competitors. Mud release scoops keep it clean in filthy conditions, steel chainrings are now available for maximum wear life and the arms stay looking good longer than Shimano’s too.

Also available is a 14g-lighter 30mm-axle version or you can get all the same spider, direct-ring and axle options with the solid-forged GX1000 cranks.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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