Here in this review, our customer Adam Batty talks us through his thoughts on the Sram GX Eagle Crankset. With plenty of hype around the GX Eagle 12 speed price point drivetrain, the crankset sometimes goes under the radar. With a direct mount chainring, the GX Eagle cranks are a simple and sturdy aluminum crank from Sram. Check it out!
My initial thoughts on the Sram GX Eagle Crankset are that they seem very well built and are able to take a beating. I purchased them to replace a 1x11 Sram GX drivetrain that came stock on my Kona Process 153. The Eagle cranks fit without any problem to the GXP bottom bracket that was stock on my bike. The cranks were well greased and spin very smoothly. When paired with the GX Eagle chain and rear derailleur, the shifting is smooth, quiet, and quick.
The weight of the cranks was somewhat negligible to me as I run more downhill oriented trails but will say they felt lighter than the stock cranks I had before. I think they are a great buy for the money when comparing them to their more pricey counterparts.
I also added the RaceFace crank boot protectors that are said to fit SRAM cranks and I can confirm that they fit perfectly with very little movement after installing pedals. The cranks also work well the OneUp components chain guide that I am running on my bike.
So far on the trails, they have performed flawlessly. The extra ring was a big help on climbs for me. I’ve run 2x bikes in the past and wasn’t happy with how they performed even though they offered a wider range of gearing. This 1x12 setup offers close to the same climbing ability, to me, in a much simpler setup.
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