SRAM Rival 1 review

A simple solution with the right level of price vs performance

SRAM Rival 1 Crankset
(Image credit: Josh Ross)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

When it comes to performance, SRAM's Rival groupset will offer everything you need. It might not have the celebrity appeal of SRAM Red but it represents the working class groupset and you won't regret making the choice.

Reasons to buy
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    Cage Lock technology

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    1:1 cable travel to derailleur movement

Reasons to avoid
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    42 tooth max

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In February 2019, SRAM changed the bike industry with the release of AXS. SRAM wasn't actually the first to drop 12 speed, but it was the only brand to announce a completely wireless system.

If you want the best, then SRAM AXS 1x is the obvious selection. However, the SRAM Rival 1x11 mechanical groupset represents some of the best value on the market. If you are looking at a new bike something with SRAM Rival 1x11 is often a marker of that first jump from best pricing to higher performance and it also makes a great option if you want to reinvigorate an older bike.

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