Posted by Logan Watts
Folks got pretty excited when SRAM launched their relatively affordable 12-speed GX Eagle drivetrain last year. With much of the same performance as the pricey X01 Eagle, at half the cost, it opened up 1×12 to the masses. Just announced today, the even more affordable NX Eagle features the same technology and drops the price tag even further. Not to mention, NX makes 1×12 possible without an XD freehub driver.
What will be very interesting to many riders is the fact that SRAM 86ed the XD driver body for NX Eagle. Instead, the PG-1230 12-speed cassette mounts on a standard 8, 9, 10-speed splined Shimano or SRAM driver. This means one fewer expense required to upgrade to 1×12. And, of course, the biggest draw with Eagle NX 1×12 is the price of the full drivetrain. We’ll start with that and you can find standard press-time details on each component below:
- NX Eagle Trigger Shifter $42 / 112 grams
- NX Eagle Rear Derailleur $107 / 339 grams
- NX Eagle PG-1230 Cassette $100 / 615 grams
- NX Eagle Chain $26 / 278 grams (126 links)
- NX Eagle DUB Cranks $105 / 705 grams (175mm, 32T ring)
All told, the $380, 2,049 gram SRAM Eagle NX 1×12 drivetrain is about $120 cheaper and weighs 299 grams more than the full GX Eagle (excluding XD Driver), which comes in at 1,741 grams. NX Eagle components will be on sale in September of 2018. Here are details taken directly from SRAM’s press for each component:
SRAM NX EAGLE CRANKSET
“The SRAM NX crankset delivers Eagle™ styling and performance to the newest addition to the Eagle™ ecosystem. Designed for SRAM’s X-SYNC™2 chainrings, the NX crankset is engineered for complete chain control—each tooth’s profile is precisely engineered to work quietly, efficiently and securely with the Eagle™ chain’s inner and outer links. DUB™ technology features a better-engineered bottom bracket and a new spindle design, which together allows for a more uniform approach to bottom bracket fitment, better sealing against contamination and forward and backward compatibility. Now everyone can benefit from a new measure of performance and durability.
6000 series forged aluminum arms. DUB™ technology features a uniform approach to bottom bracket fitment, better sealing against contamination and is forward and backward compatible.
SRAM NX EAGLE REAR DERAILLEUR
This new NX Eagle™ derailleur features the proven SRAM 1x-specific X-HORIZON™ design. The larger, 14-tooth X-SYNC™ lower pulley easily facilitates 11- to 50- and 10- to 50-tooth cassette capacity, and also adds to NX Eagle’s overall smooth-pedaling feel. The Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ provides quiet, consistent performance and durability.
Completely new rear derailleur incorporating our proven X-HORIZON™ design and Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ technology. Eagle™ ecosystem-engineered mounting system and CAGE LOCK™ positioning add robustness. Eagle™ pulley technology provides greater efficiency, crisper shifting and quieter operation.
SRAM NX EAGLE TRIGGER SHIFTER
New NX Eagle™ trigger shifter means on-demand gear selection throughout the entire wide range Eagle™ cassette. The massive range means you never have to worry about having the right gear for the terrain. NX Eagle™ means easy, intuitive shifting every time for every rider.
Eagle™ Technology creates a smoother and more precise shifting system with exceptional reliability. Also available as a E-MTB specific Eagle™ shifter option limiting the pull lever to a single engagement. Compatible with Matchmaker™ X clamp.
PG-1230 EAGLE CASSETTE
Ride anywhere with the wide-range PG-1230, 11- to 50-tooth Eagle™ cassette. The NX cassette gives riders every bit of the climbing range that the Eagle™ ecosystem affords with a simple upgrade to splined-drive body wheels. The PG-1230 is the only Eagle™ cassette designed to be durable enough to withstand the increased demands of E-MTB applications and a perfect solution to heavy-duty use and abuse.
Compatible with 8-, 9- and 10-speed splined driver bodies. This PG-1230 cassette is an integral part of the SRAM Eagle™ drivetrain Ecosystem. Wide 11-50t gear range—a perfect fit for any ride with optimized gear steps across entire range.
NX EAGLE CHAIN
The basis of every Eagle™ drivetrain is its chain—and the NX Eagle™ chain is designed and manufactured using genuine SRAM’s Eagle™ architecture, so it is fully compatible with every other component in the Eagle™ ecosystem. The NX Eagle™ chain features solid pin construction, Eagle™ PowerLock® and smooth, efficient shifting that you can count on every time out.
Eagle™ PowerLock® chain connector with FLOW LINK™ technology provides better chain-guiding and increased longevity. Unique features and design also provide significantly improved wear resistance on Eagle™ cassettes and rings.”
Find full specs and more info over at SRAM.com