SRAM brings 12-speed, wide-range gearing to the gravel riding masses with Apex Eagle and Apex XPLR

Apex tier offers gravel and adventure groupsets for less than $1,000, but how does it perform?

The all-new 12-speed SRAM Apex Eagle mechanical groupset
(Image credit: SRAM)

American component manufacturer SRAM today unveiled two, all-new 12-speed, wide-range Apex gravel groupsets, thereby folding its lowest tier offerings into the 12-speed gravel ecosystem. 

Billed as a “continuation of our commitment to providing the right drivetrain for gravel riders, no matter how you define gravel," the mechanical Apex Eagle and Apex XPLR groupsets are made for those who like to go off the beaten path and explore further by bike. Best off all? The Apex groupsets retail for just under $1,000, making the gravel gearing accessible to more riders. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.