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SRAM launches GX Eagle, bringing its 12-speed group to a lower price

Published June 8, 2017

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM went public Thursday with its GX Eagle group, which offers most of the features of its 12-speed XX1 and XO1 Eagle groups at a lower price.

Like the more expensive groups, GX Eagle has a 10-50T cassette, offering a 500 percent gear range. The cassette is a key part of the group and also one of its most expensive components. While the more expensive groups' cassettes have the smallest 11 cogs machined out of a single piece of steel, the GX group cassette has 11 stamped steel cogs and an aluminum 50-tooth cog. It's about 90 grams heavier than the XO1 cassette and has an MSRP of $195, versus $360 for the XO1 cassette.

Other components use less-expensive materials to save cost while preserving features. The GX group has no carbon or titanium parts, unlike the more-expensive groups.

The group includes forged aluminum crankarms with X-SYNC2 tooth profiles and 24 or 30mm axle options. Shifter options include a GX Eagle trigger shifter or Grip Shift. The group includes a chain with solid pins, instead of the hollow pins used on the more expensive groups.

Other MSRP pricing for the group: chain, $30; Grip Shift, $40; Trigger Shifter, $40; rear derailleur, $110; crankset: $120-$170. The group will be available in August.

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