Truvativ Elita GXP compact chainset review

A thru-axle chainsets offering massively increased stiffness that's immediately noticeable.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £99.00 RRP | USD $119.32

Our review

Good performance with an open and traditional look
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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…

Product Specifications


Name Elita GXP Compact Chainset
Brand Truvativ

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