Truvativ X9 10-speed double crankset review

Mid-range set

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £199.99 RRP | USD $285.00
Truvativ X9 double

Our review

A great bash-guard-equipped, lightweight trail option
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SRAM bought Truvativ a few years back but some of their cranksets, notably the heavier duty ones, still bear the Truvativ tag. This is essentially SRAM’s X9 unit made compatible with 2×10 drivetrains but with a tough aluminium bash guard (£34) instead of an outer chainring to deflect log and rock hopping damage.


As with most 2×10-ready cranksets, it’ll work with nine-speed chains too. It’s a lightweight option compared to most bash guard setups, which makes it more suitable for those who ride with finesse but still prefer a precautionary guard rather than having the bigger gear ratios of an outer ring. 

It’s not built for heavy landings from jumps, but the 22-tooth inner ring will be welcome on the sort of long steep climbs where a lot of riders on 2×10 will be cursing. The cranks are hollow forged, very light and very stiff. Ring options include 38/24t, 39/26t and various larger setups without a bash guard. Colour and BB30 options are available too.


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

Product Specifications


Name X9 Crankset (12)
Brand Truvativ

Description *BB weight: 98g, *Options:39/26 (tested), 42/28, triple, BB30 *Arms: 170, 175, 180mm
Weight (g) 755