Truvativ X9 10-speed double crankset review

Mid-range set

Our rating 
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.

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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.

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

Product Specifications

Product

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