SRAM Apex 1 brings 1x road to affordable level

SRAM's third 1x road offering comes in hydraulic-brake only

On the heels of Force 1 and Rival 1, SRAM has launched Apex 1 in drop-bar and flat-bar configurations, offering a 1x drivetrain at an affordable level. Notably pointing where SRAM is headed in the future, the integrated shifters only come in a hydraulic-brake format. The partial group consists of levers, rear derailleur, crank and wide-range cassette. There is also a flat-bar shifting option.

As with its higher-end siblings, Apex 1 has a clutch derailleur that holds the chain taut. It works with 10- and 11-speed SRAM shifters and chains. The 314g Apex 1 derailleur weighs a claimed 314g and will begin selling in June for  $74 / €76 / £58.

The SRAM S350-1 crank uses SRAM's X-SYNC tooth profile and comes in 38, 40, 42 and 44t ring options in three crank lengths for GXP and BB30 systems. It weighs a claimed 762g and will sell for (GXP) $116 / €120 / £92 and (BB30) $151 / €156 / £120.

The Hydro R Apex 1 integrated levers use DOT 5.1 brake fluid and the calipers convert between 140mm and 160mm rotors with adaptors. The two-piston caliper will be available in 74mm and Flat Mount versions, both using a forged aluminum disc caliper with steel- backed organic pads and steel hardware.

The clutch derailleur and massive 11-42t cassette of the apex 1 group: the clutch derailleur and massive 11-42t cassette of the apex 1 group
The clutch derailleur and massive 11-42t cassette of the apex 1 group: the clutch derailleur and massive 11-42t cassette of the apex 1 group

Claimed weigh is 344g for the left lever, hose and caliper and 360g for the right shifter, hose and caliper. Prices will be $199 / €233 / £179 for the left brake lever, hose and caliper and $249 / €293 / £226 for the right-hand setup. 

The PG-1130 cassette works with non-XD driver bodies (read: a standard wheel), and fits both 10- and 11-speed hubs. Claimed weight is 538g for the $79 / €89 / £68 cassette, which boasts a massive 11-42t range.

 The recommended chain is SRAM's PC-1110, at a reasonable $14 / €14 / £11.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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