SRAM announce the GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain

This is the range of Eagle. The range to reach. To realize. A range beyond limitation or complexity. Beyond what’s been done before. A range where fearless dedication meets relentless engineering. Where silent precision meets trouble-free reliability. Where simplicity matches strength.

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GX Eagle Crankset


The reliability of forged aluminum crank arms is undeniable, and the GX Eagle crankset completes its performance mission with the new X-SYNC2 direct mount chainring. With numerous Eagle ring size options, your range can be tuned for any ride you can find yourself on. The GX Eagle crankset is designed around not only SRAM bottom brackets, but Eagle technology as a whole.

 

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Features and benefits

  • Durable 7000 series forged aluminum crank arms
  • Best-in-class chain retention and wear characteristics with X-SYNC2 tooth profiles engineered to match perfectly with SRAM Eagle chains
  • Light weight and durable direct mount ring construction
  • A master-class crankset at a working-class price point, the super-tough GX Eagle crankset makes it easy for riders who are hard on equipment and/or setting up multiple bikes to have 100-percent Eagle compatibility
MSRP Price $120 - $170 | €125 - €175 | £107 - £148

 

GX Eagle Rear Derailleur


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Simply put, the new GX Eagle derailleur extends the range of your riding because of its ability to handle the 10-50t Eagle cassette—but there’s more to this new derailleur than capacity. The GX Eagle derailleur includes the Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH, so that chain management feels the same on every cassette cog, small or large. And a new Eagle pulley design, combined with the SRAM Eagle chain, helps to make this drivetrain super quiet and incredibly efficient.

 

Features and benefits

  • Best-in-class chain management with our proven X-HORIZON design and Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH technology
  • Simplified installation and added robustness with our repositioned CAGE LOCK
  • Best-in-class 1x efficiency and quiet operation with our Eagle pulley technology
  • The GX Eagle derailleur carries with it the rough-and-tumble toughness of our X-HORIZON design; no derailleur wants to be abused, but the X-HORIZON design is built to withstand a lot
MSRP Price $110 | €110 | £93

 

GX Eagle Trigger Shifter


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The GX Eagle trigger shifter is the control center of the new Eagle drivetrain that unlocks its range to allow you to realize full potential of Eagle. Superior ergonomics and adjustability let you shift quickly, comfortably and intuitively. The GX Eagle shifter carries with it all of the enhancements and improvements that the XX1 and X01 Eagle trigger shifters received, improving trigger feel, precision, and durability for every rider on any terrain.

 

Features and benefits

  • Eagle provides the smoothest and most reliable 1x shifting in mountain biking
  • Optimized shifting precision via X-ACTUATION cable pull works flawlessly with Eagle rear derailleurs
  • Super durable forged aluminum trigger is designed to take a beating
  • With MatchMaker X you can adjust your shift, brake and Reverb lever setup for lever ergonomics that are perfect for your hand position and the way you ride
MSRP Price $40 | €35 | £30

 

GX Eagle Grip Shift


Three decades ago, SRAM was founded on a product called Grip Shift, and an idea that shifting a bike should be easier, better and more intuitive. The new Eagle Grip Shift includes new, robust internals that make it even more durable and its shifting performance more precise. But just like the original, it is total control in the palm of your hand, but this time with Eagle technology to accompany it.

 

Features and benefits

  • Improved precision and durability with our new Grip Shift mechanism
  • The most durable shifter option for SRAM Eagle drivetrains
  • Grip Shift is the shifter choice for many ultra-endurance athletes and extreme cold weather riders, since shifting Grip Shift requires less manual dexterity than a trigger shifter does
MSRP Price $40 | €35 | £30

 

XG-1275 Eagle Cassette


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Best-in-class 1x range that allows you to ride anywhere, this XG-1275, 10- to 50-tooth Eagle cassette FULL PIN technology uses lightweight, stamped steel cogs held together with high-strength stainless steel pins. The result: a cassette that’s light and strong. The open design—similar to our X-DOME cassette—aids in mud clearance, giving you cleaner shifting performance and longer component life. New X-GLIDE2 teeth features mate perfectly with Eagle chains to improve both inboard and outboard shifting, as well as chain retention.

 

Features and benefits

  • Extremely durable and lightweight cassette that incorporates FULL PIN technology using eleven lightweight, stamped steel cogs and one 50-tooth aluminum cog held together with high-strength stainless steel pins
  • Perfect range for any ride with our 10-50t [500 percent] gearing
  • Smooth, consistent and optimized gear steps across entire range of cassette
  • The XG-1275 Eagle cassette not only offers a massive 500-percent gear range for lower low gears and higher high gears, but also the ability for advanced level riders to ride larger chainrings for a smoother overall pedaling feel
MSRP Price $195 | €200 | £170

 

GX Eagle Chain


Though you may think of it as a humble assistant to the rest of the groupset, the GX Eagle chain is the epicenter of the drivetrain. Featuring link plate geometry optimized for massive 500-percent range, Eagle derailleurs, chainrings, cassettes and shifters have been designed to work perfectly with Eagle chains. Anything less is nothing but a performance, reliability and durability compromise.
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Features and benefits
  • Increased longevity and better chain guiding with our all-new Eagle PowerLock chain connector with FLOW LINK technology
  • Unique features and design also provide significantly improved wear resistance on Eagle cassettes and rings
  • The GX Eagle chain is constructed using the same link geometry and general manufacturing processes as XX1 and X01 Eagle chains, making it the ideal backup chain for XX1 and X01 riders
MSRP Price: $30 | €29 | £25

 

XD Driver Body


The XD cassette driver body is an essential component of SRAM wide-range drivetrains, and allows the use of a 10-tooth small cog. A design used by almost every wheel manufacturer, the XD driver system is extremely lightweight and provides a superior interface with the cassette.

 

Features and benefits

  • Driver body design that lets riders tap the power and range of the SRAM wide range cassette and a 10-tooth small cog
  • Provides a more stable hub connection
  • XD driver body is 6-8g lighter

 

 

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19 Comments

MTBeer, Jun 08 2017 04:10

"This is the range of Eagle. The range to reach. To realize. A range beyond limitation or complexity. Beyond what’s been done before. A range where fearless dedication meets relentless engineering. Where silent precision meets trouble-free reliability. Where simplicity matches strength."

 

really? my god I'm sold. Take my money...

nonky, Jun 08 2017 04:45

would anyone be able to hack any of the existing GX drivetrain to use the 12-sp cassette for cheap?

FlashJordan, Jun 08 2017 05:18

You can get it in any colour you want - as long as it's BLACK......

Omicrom, Jun 08 2017 05:55

You can get it in any colour you want - as long as it's BLACK......

Yep to get it in gold you have to fork out another 10K or so

splat, Jun 08 2017 07:16

It will be interesting to see what it costs here in SA. and if well priced, will put Shimano 1x11 under pressure

MphatiPyga, Jun 08 2017 08:49

So, seeing as eagle is narrow wide, if you currently have an X11 setup, would that crankset be compatible? Would make it slightly more economical

Rocket-Boy, Jun 08 2017 10:09

This is interesting to me, a reasonably priced 1x12 would definitely sway me from my 2x10 setup that I have refused to let go of.

Slowbee, Jun 08 2017 11:38

This is interesting to me, a reasonably priced 1x12 would definitely sway me from my 2x10 setup that I have refused to let go of.

i still have a 3 x 9 set up. works just as well as a 12x1 or 1 x12 or whatever.

 

it seems to me these guys are gunning for a 20 x 1 set up something like that. change for the sake of change.

Grease_Monkey, Jun 09 2017 07:18

So, seeing as eagle is narrow wide, if you currently have an X11 setup, would that crankset be compatible? Would make it slightly more economical


Yes, it would be compatible. You can even use a 2x or 3x crankset if you want to. What's important is chainline, which can be centered with a few spacers on a 2x crankset, and will be centre if put in the middle of a 3x crankset. Any 1x crankset will work as well.

As far as I know any 1x ring will also work. Manufacturers like Absolute Black are updating their websites to say their rings are 10/11/12spd compatible. So if you want to go for this setup all you really need is the mech, shifter, chain, cassette, and new ring (so that chain and ring are both new - the ring does not have to be sram 12sp). Cuts a few grand off the cost...

TDFN, Jun 09 2017 07:59

Interesting shape on the quicklink...... Only curved link in the chain.

haasbroek, Jun 09 2017 08:02

They keep loosing me when the R3.5 k cassette is thrown out there.

Schnavel, Jun 09 2017 08:33

They keep loosing me when the R3.5 k cassette is thrown out there.

Agreed! It's a lot of money for a consumable item...

Spoke101, Jun 09 2017 09:17

would anyone be able to hack any of the existing GX drivetrain to use the 12-sp cassette for cheap?

 

It could be possible if the derailleur limits allow for 12spd, you would also have to replace the cage as the current 11spd ones only allow up to a 48T if memory serves. 

Ysterbeertjie, Jun 09 2017 10:33

I guess my 2 x11 does the same job...

Headshot, Jun 09 2017 11:43

Cassette pricing makes the rest of the set look super cheap. Wait for the 12 speed Sunrace to drop - should be about R2k cheaper !

Pipsqueak, Jun 09 2017 12:05

One up a Shimano 11x cassette to 11-50. Put numerous thousands of rands in the bank.

Underachiever, Jun 09 2017 08:18

i still have a 3 x 9 set up. works just as well as a 12x1 or 1 x12 or whatever.

 

it seems to me these guys are gunning for a 20 x 1 set up something like that. change for the sake of change.

Snap on the 3x9!!  

fusion01, Jun 12 2017 08:59

This is interesting to me, a reasonably priced 1x12 would definitely sway me from my 2x10 setup that I have refused to let go of.

 

Eactly the same thoughts here. If I was to buy a new bike today it would be a 1x11 but to upgrade the drivetrain on my current, I reckon I'll skip to 1x12. Shimano have a definite threat to deal with here!

fusion01, Jun 12 2017 09:01

i still have a 3 x 9 set up. works just as well as a 12x1 or 1 x12 or whatever.

 

it seems to me these guys are gunning for a 20 x 1 set up something like that. change for the sake of change.

 

'Works just as well' is highly open to intepretation but I think in this instance you mean it also changes gears? But this is like SAB and craft beer... however it you feel Castle Lite is all you need in life then drink / pedal on :)