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SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters
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SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters

Borrowing all the tech from their ever-expanding 1×11 drivetrains, the new SRAM Apex 1x group offers single chainring setups for flat bar and drop bar road, city and commuter bikes.

Things like their clutch-equipped X-Horizon rear derailleur, hydraulic disc brake road levers, and X-Sync narrow/wide chainrings all trickle down, joining two different cranksets to match the type of bike they’re going on. Pick from 1×10 or 1×11 drivetrains and you can add some or all of the parts you need to simplify your daily ride…

SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters

The new Apex 1 shifter levers use SRAM’s hydraulic disc brake setup to feed either standard or flat mount calipers, which come attached. Weights are 344g (left) and 360g (right), with brake. Retail is $199 and $249 respectively, or $448 for the pair (€233/293 and £179/226). Are you excited about these yet? You should be, they bring SRAM’s hydraulic 1x shifters down in price quite a bit from the carbon-levered Force 1 group, but with minimal weight penalty…making it much more affordable to put together a proper 1x hydro disc brake group on your cyclocross bike.

These are 11-speed only, as is the flat bar shifter:

SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters

This one’s a single piece body, so it’s not Matchmaker compatible, but weighs just 142g and comes in at $27 / €28* / £22.

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The brakes are designed for 140mm or 160mm rotors, which are generally sold separately. They come with steel-backed organic pads and steel mounting hardware.

SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters

The derailleur is where you get into both 10- and 11-speed compatibility, blending it with your existing 10-speed shifters or the new 11-speed shifters shown above. Or any other SRAM 11-speed shifter for that matter. Like the new NX mountain bike group, which essentially shares many of these parts, they’re just rebranded as Apex for the smooth tire set. Prices are the same across those groups for same parts.

SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters

Like the cassette, which is also an 11-42 that fits on standard, non-XD freehub bodies. Weight is 538g, retail is $79 / €89 / £68.

SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shiftersThe new S350 Apex 1 forged aluminum crankset with integrated spider that comes in GXP and BB30 options. It comes with your choice of 38, 40, 42 or 44 tooth X-Sync chainrings and 170, 172.5 and 175mm lengths. Claimed weight is 762g (24mm spindle, 42t ring, 172.5mm length) and retail is (GXP) $116 / €120 / £92 and (BB30) $151 / €156 / £120.

SRAM Apex 1x11 road bike group for flat and drop bar shifters

It’s been a big week for SRAM…check out their new Level mountain bike brakes and the updated Roam 60 carbon MTB wheels and 900-series hubs, too!

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Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

Sram is doing good things!

Quickie
Quickie
6 years ago

I like the idea, but I can’t stomach the thought of a 500g cassette.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago

I’m stoked on this. I’m annoyed by the 4 arm cranks though.

adrian
adrian
6 years ago

Quickie, to be fair, the extra rotating mass is still more or less right on the hub. Compared with a 6800 11-32 cassette, it’s heavier by a bit under half a pound. With all the usual weight losses from going 1x, you come out pretty much even.

John
John
6 years ago
Reply to  adrian

For road groupsets, the 1x “weight savings” (from the lack of a FD, second chainring and front shifter) are already offset by the heavier clutch-based rear derailleurs. Weight-wise, it’s a wash.

Roddy
Roddy
6 years ago
Reply to  adrian

Rotatin mass is absolutely bullsh*t. It only matters for first acceleration.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago
Reply to  Roddy

Why is: (you + your bike) > 10,000 lbs?

Alex
Alex
6 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Oops wrong reply button.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago
Reply to  adrian

Plus a 1/2 pound of weight is an increase of less than .005%. Anyone who thinks of that much weight makes a difference is fooling themselves.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Why is: (you + your bike) > 10,000 lbs?

postal
postal
6 years ago

I bet you can use it with 11 speed 11-32 and 11-36 cassettes

Dork
Dork
6 years ago

Little thing to add on the 11-speed compatibility. Last time I checked (Jan. ’16), SRAM 11-speed derailleurs and shifters use a different actuation from road to mountain.
Example: using an 11sp X1 mtn rear derailleur with an 11sp Force road shifter requires changing out the longer mtn-specific cable-guide cam just behind the cable pinch bolt on the derailleur, otherwise indexing is nowhere near correct.
Interested to know if this Apex derailleur really will work with “any other SRAM 11-speed shifter”. My sneaking suspicion is that though it may be a re-branded NX rear derailleur, that cable guide cam is still different from road to mountain, and not actually cross compatible without swapping it out for the right one. I don’t believe they’re available for purchase, but maybe you can find someone who has one on a busted spare.

themagicspanner
6 years ago

I thought that Sram’s road and mtb shifters had different pull ratios.

onion
onion
6 years ago

Cool! Now that the 1x road groups have filled out the mechanical tiers, let’s get 1x eTAP! Boy that would be a clean setup.

Ck
Ck
6 years ago

As an avid CX racer, having more affordable road hydro shifters is far from a bad thing. I wish they would have offered a left shifter as well.

markd
markd
6 years ago
Reply to  Ck

As far as I know, the system would work without a from derailleur plugged in, but there’s no real need to entertain the idea because the rear derailleur has a max cog of 28t and there is no clutch.

ryan
ryan
6 years ago

Unless I’m mistaken somehow, I think eTAP should work with 1x. If you push inward on both shifters simultaneously, the system might send a signal to switch chainrings, but with no front derailleur to catch that signal nothing would happen. If I’m wrong, someone please say so…

Geoff Smith
6 years ago

What is the max cassette and smallest chain ring you can run is it 42 back and 38 front?

Velociraptor
Velociraptor
6 years ago

Dork: The specs say “EXACT ACTUATION” so this must be road pull ratio.

SRAM 10-speed road was compatible with SRAM 10-speed mountain. Why did they have to make it complicated?

Specifications for SRAM APEX® 1 Rear Derailleur
Weight 314g
Colors Black
Outer Cage Steel
Compatibility 10-speed and 11-speed SRAM 1x™ road systems
Inner Cage Steel
Cage Sizes Long
Max Tooth 42t
Pulleys Sealed cartridge bearings
Pull EXACT ACTUATION™
Retail Availability June 2016

hjb
hjb
6 years ago

Heavy arse cassette.
For gods sake SRAM, just run a front dérailleur and I bet the overall weight would be less!!

Bazz
Bazz
6 years ago

Exact Actuation = 10 speed and 11 speed road, 10 speed MTB, 3.1mm cable pull
(SRAM 1:1 actuation)

X Actuation = 11 speed MTB, 3.48mm cable pull
(SRAM 1X, X-ACTUATION keeps shifting sharp and consistent across the entire 10- to 42-tooth cassette.)

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