SRAM Force CX1 review

SRAM recently released its road 1-by groupset, the single ring setup designed for almost everything any cyclist could ever want. We take a look back at its off-road Force CX1 groupset, the product that started it all.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

With SRAM earlier this year launching the 1-by system, it seemed like a good time for us to revisit our CX1 groupset to see how it developed long term. The two new groupsets, Force 1 and Rival 1, incorporate most of the tech from CX1 (only the cyclocross sized chainrings retain the mud shedding tech), but spread the love to wider ratio cassettes, and many more chainring sizes to attract the attention of anyone from world tour travellers, to criterium and time trial racers.

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Cyclocross racers have been bodging their bikes since the beginning of racing, and a popular mod has always been converting a standard 2 or 3 ring front chainset down to one, single ring. With an altered road crank, and a mountain bike chain catcher, people sought out simplicity with the aim to gain a weight and reliability advantage over their mud-churning rivals. Now though, there’s no need to bodge it anymore.

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