Just introduced last year as their base (budget) level 1x road group, the SRAM Apex 1 found its way onto a number of flat bar urban speed machines and a few entry level cyclocross bikes. Now, the group gets even getter thanks to a new, asymmetric four-arm crankset and other updates.
It’s available with an integrated chain guard for city bikes, or remove it for more performance oriented bikes. The cranks and X-Sync chainring are both aluminum, available with 40, 42 or 44 tooth chainrings that work with 10- and 11-speed chains. The new design improves chainring/frame clearance and works with both 130mm and 135/142mm rear axle spacing. Claimed weight is 807g for the GXP spindle with 172.5mm arms and 42T ring. It’s also available in BB30, pricing from $110-$118. Available in October.
The rest of the group carries over…
…and can be paired with either drop-bar shifter levers for hydraulic and mechanical brakes (disc or rim) or flat bar shifters as shown above.