SRAM Apex 50/34 Compact Crankset

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Weight: 890 grams
Price: $145

apex compact crankSRAM introduced their new Apex group as a way to directly appeal to recreational riders and as an answer to Shimano’s 105 group. That’s an interesting move considering the position of Rival as a step up from Apex. I guess SRAM looks at Rival being equal to Ultegra, Force equal to Dura Ace and Red as a step beyond Dura Ace. I’m sure many Shimano fans would disagree with that assessment.

The SRAM Apex compact crankset is meant to work together with the rest of the Apex group. In fact, there is only a 50/34 compact double offered within Apex. The look and build is similar to Rival. 6061 forged aluminum crank arms and 7075 hard-anodized aluminum rings give the crankset strength, a reasonably light weight and durability.


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SRAM compares the Apex group with a 105 triple group and claims a substantial weight savings. That may be true, however, I’m not sure you could consider the Apex compact crankset on par with 105. The 105 compact crankset is hollow forged and over 100 grams lighter than Apex.

The Apex crankset uses SRAM’s GXP bottom bracket system. SRAM claims that GXP offers enhanced durability due to the fact that it doesn’t rely on side loading the bearings to eliminate play. SRAM asserts that this type of adjustment can cause premature bearing wear.

The looks are surprisingly good for a crankset in this price range and the draw of very low gearing with Apex could make the groupset a real contender in the entry level road market.

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