SRAM X1 1400 crankset - in brief review£199.99

Affordable, advanced crankset

BikeRadar score4/5

SRAM’s latest X-series crankset makes its X-Sync chain security technology affordable. You get hollow forged alloy arms, a spline mounted 94mm BCD spider and an X-Sync chainring, with the whole lot only coming in 44g heavier than the pricier X01 carbon cranks.

The X-Sync teeth use a more complicated design than most narrow-wide alternatives, and performance is noticeably smoother and quieter as a result. You can retrofit twin- or triple-ring spiders if going single doesn’t work out. Remember to factor a GXP BB into the cost.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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