Bird Cycleworks’ FaceBook blog is a great source of information on new products that might have slipped by the regular news-slots, as we saw recently with the RockShox 35 line of forks. Once again, they’ve brought attention to a new product — SRAM SX Eagle.
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The Eagle line of groupsets started with XX1 and X01 back in 2016 and ever since then the 12-speed, wide-ranging technology has been trickling down to ever cheaper price points.
We thought they’d hit true budget status with the NX group, but this new SX groupset, which we can’t even see on SRAM’s own website yet, appears to be even cheaper.
So what’s been spotted?
We have not had any word yet from SRAM about this groupset, but we have been in touch to get as many details as possible and will update this article as soon as we hear from SRAM. We have gleaned the below from details on the German shop BikeDiscount.de where you can pre-order groupsets and from the Bird Cycleworks blogpost.
SRAM SX Eagle specs and details
Like NX, you get an 11-50t cassette, which would sit on a regular Shimano-style (rather than XD) freehub body. The rest of it looks refreshingly similar to other Eagle groupsets.
At the moment (from what we can see) there’s only a 32t ring available on the various crankset options (including Boost and non-Boost spacing, and its DUB axle diameter). We see no reason as to why, like the rest of the Eagle ecosystem, parts wouldn’t be compatible between groupsets.
According to Bird Cycleworks, you’ll be looking at 2,328g for the groupset, around 200g heavier than NX.
The crank comes with 175mm long alloy arms and a 32t Steel Eagle direct mount chainring. SRAM’s DUB axle standard is in full use, with bottom bracket options for most frames — threaded, pressfit etc.
There look to be two shifter options: a regular version, with up to five upshifts at once, and a single-shift version. This would allow only one gear change at a time, a feature found on other SRAM shifters, and something numerous electric bike manufacturers fit — the theory being the additional power put through the cranks can contribute to mis-shifts when multiple gears are changed at once.
SRAM SX Eagle pricing
Pricing looks like it will be very competitive, though. BikeDiscount.de are selling full groupsets with a reported RRP of €365 – this, though, includes an NX cassette and chain – it appears these items are only available to OEM customers (bike manufacturers). While we do not have official SRAM pricing, we have reported RRPs on Wiggle.co.uk and BikeDiscount.de. As yet we have no US$ or AUS$ pricing, though we will update when we do.
SRAM SX Eagle derailleur price
SRAM SX Eagle shifter price
SRAM SX Eagle chainset price
If pricing is correct, this put it at around £44 or €50 cheaper than a comparable NX Eagle groupset (discounts not included).
We reckon you’ll be seeing a lot of sub £1,000 bikes with a full 12-speed groupset very soon! Could this tempt you to stick 12-speed on your bike? Let us know in the comments!