SRAM has once again gone above and beyond in pushing the boundaries of innovation with their latest release of the T-type GX drivetrain system. The GX groupset from Sram has always been known as the workhorse of their drivetrain lineup. The new SRAM GX AXS T-Type is not about to change that reputation. Meet the workhorse of wireless drivetrains.
Released back in the beginning of July, the GX T-Type has started to make more appearances in shops and now everyone wants to know if the GX name still holds to the same standards as its predecessors. Coming in at $1,100.00 USD, it sure isn’t cheap but it’s more budget-friendly than Sram’s other high-end options: XO at $1,600.00, XX at $2,050.00 and the XX SL at $2,200.00. The GX option shares the same interface as the other transmission family members in that it is only compatible with UDH frames. We’ve spent plenty of time on the XO drivetrain on the Yeti SB135, but now we’re putting in some time on the GX version.
WHAT’s different & new GX T-Type?
Sram GX AXS Derailleur:
We love the new battery location on the GX derailleur, it is tucked right in under what we would consider to be the “derailleur hanger”. SRAM knocked it out of the park with this design as it provides a much safer location for the battery where it’s not exposed to impacts. We have seen a handful of batteries broken off of the previous, more exposed design. The biggest difference between the GX derailleur and the XO and XX is going to be a 6 gram weight penalty.
Sram GX AXS Cranks:
The new GX cranks are sturdy and durable alloy like the previous GX crankset. The cranks come in lengths of 175, 170 and 165mm’s and the all new 8-bolt chainring design facilitates the use of SRAM’s new power meter rings and bashguard chainring combos. The bashguard that comes with the GX groupset purchase is a composite plastic material, which may be preferable to some, vs the raw aluminum ones that come with the XX models.
Sram GX AXS Cassette:
Not much changes with the GX cassette compared to the XO and XX models. The main difference will be slight weight penalty with the GX cassette coming in around 60 grams heavier than the XO equivalent. However the smooth shifting and gear progression remains the same as its counterparts in the transmission family. Crank on the pedals, shift when you want and your shifting remains as smooth as ever.
The GX T-Type drivetrain offers a really good bang for your buck. Why? It provides the perfect balance between performance and affordability. The weight penalty (139 grams) is going to the be the main difference when deciding between GX, XO and XX. With it’s precision engineering, wide gear range, seamless integration and competitive pricing it’s worth considering as a new drivetrain.