Incorporating the same Championship-winning SRAM 1x™ tech as the German-engineered, innovative X01 DH drivetrain, GX DH delivers dedicated, gravity focused 1×7 performance that doesn’t break the bank.
SRAM have been innovating at a real pace in the last twelve months, with new transmissions at all price points, along with developments in bars, stems and seatposts. We’ve seen the launch of the SRAM Eagle 1×12 trail transmission, the entry-level 1×11 NX, a revamped and longer stroke Reverb as well as a complete makeover of the Truvativ Descendant hardware. They’re on it, no question and are covering not only trail through to DH but all price points too. Real ‘trickle down’ technology that’s both proven as well as innovative and is now reaching a wider audience. A good move from from SRAM and one we very much approve of.
This new, lower priced yet dedicated DH transmission opens up more options when it comes to deciding how and where to spend your money when it comes to equipping your bike or custom build. The new GX DH kit is not only cheaper than XO DH (by a fair chunk…) but it is compatible with it too. Throw this in with the GX DH seven speed cassette fitting a standard splined freehub body and you can keep your tried and tested wheelset rolling, and check the price of this sprocket cluster too…£26!
If you’re charging hard (and hitting the ground hard too?) then kit that is affordable to replace, without any headaches is an added bonus. On a dedicated DH bike you’ll not be wearing the transmission out through high mileage but more than likely damaging it through knocks from the trail or the uplift van. Throw in a day on the hill in filthy weather and the water and grit grinding paste will have you heading for the workshop too. Cheap to replace is good news all round.
When building a custom DH bike there are undoubtably areas that will need a good dose of your budget spending on them, you know, the areas that will make a real difference to how your bike performs. Suspension (the forks, the rear shock and custom tuning), wheels, quality tyres and the correct cockpit set-up all can eat your money and rightly so, these components make sense. With an affordable yet dedicated transmission that functions well, you can spend your money wisely.
GX DH is a no-brainer for any rider dedicated to gravity riding but with an eye on price. With its main objectives being durability and dependability, GX DH makes heck of a lot of sense.
Match this GX DH gearing up with the Truvativ Descendant crankset and you have a winning combination.