Eurobike: SRAM’s New X5 Groupset

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Eurobike: SRAM today officially launched its new X5 groupset, which is good news for those on a budget – and it’s also good news if you run one of it’s swankier X9 or X0 groupsets and wince every time you have to take your bike out in the mud, because you’ll be able to get X5 cassettes for a fraction of the cost and use them all winter long without fear of financial ruin…

X5 cassette: Still pretty light and hollow, only not hand-hewn from precious things and less likely to make you cry in the mud.

Anyway, back to the main story: SRAM’s X5 group now comes in 2×10 and includes ‘all the ratios’ that the other, higher up groups have: namely, 26×39, 28×42 and the newly introduced 24×38 and 22×36, all with an 11-36T cassette out back.

Basic, but pretty low profile and workmanlike

Rear mech and cassette from the front. Well, the side...

SRAM X5 front double 2x10 chainset and one of the many front mechs.

There will be the usual bike-mechanic-confusing range of front mechs (something like 47 different versions last time we looked) and some good-feeling, solid shifters.

Expect to see X5 coming out late this autumn, so October/November time. No prices as yet, but we can confidently say ‘a lot less than XX’


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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (13)

    Oohh… gawld… it’s like a sad-sad thing that’s had all the life and joy completely sucked out of it. Biking like a chore, made miserable. Liking the look of what looks like an alloy spider on the cassette though! Shame it’s 10spd only..

    Alloy spider cassette looks good for hope hubs and the 2×10 chainset could be very tempting if it’s cheap.

    10 speed, no gear window on the shifter, alloy carrier with 11-36T. i’m actually tempted by this stuff.

    Looks like i seriously good groupset.. for people grounded in reality with mud and stuff it’s ideal.

    SRAM has some serious catching up to do in this sector of the market, Deore is extremely good these days. Moreover, SRAM is falling behind on cost too.

    Here are some X5 prices for you:

    Rear mech £49.99
    Chainset £112.99
    10spd Shifter £33.99
    Cassette £64.99

    whoops that Shifter was the Euro price. It’s actually £29.99

    will the shifters and rear mech be X9 or Shimano compatible I wonder…

    Not Shimano compatible due to the different amount of cable pull used. X5 will be compatible with the other SRAM 2×10 groupsets though.

    ive always preferred shimano products

    11/36 cassette retails for £49.99.

    Will be really happy if that X5 11-36 cassette is a decent weight. The SLX one I have weighs a flipping ton but there’s no way I’m paying £150 – £200 for an XX / XTR Cassette that’s going to need replacing every six months.

    Yr right jimification, you won’t be paying £150 to £200 for XX cassettes, £220 plus more like. Surprised to see that XTR 10 can be had for less than £200 by quite a bit in places. IMHO SRAM really need to have a look at their pricing for aftermarket. XO and XX are both more expensive than XTR and even X9 seems to sit between XT and XTR in cost terms.

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