After reviewing the products for the last few months, the question has transitioned less from being “Is it worth it?” to “Do you need to buy it?” Unless you’ve got the money to spend, probably not. This is not a drivetrain for everyone, and we don’t think SRAM will get upset by us saying that. At least we hope they don’t ‘cuz we sure do love riding AXS-equipped bikes. But we don’t have to pay for the parts so there’s a big difference. That’s ultimately where we settled, we simply don’t have the cash and couldn’t justify spending this much money on the AXS drivetrain ourselves, but there is no denying its performance and the beauty of a simplified cockpit.
Budget aside, is the system an industry leader? Yes. We have a few critiques, like the size of the shifter paddles and how they place with non-SRAM brakes. Overall, however, the SRAM Eagle AXS group performs well, is reliable, and offers more benefits than drawbacks in our opinion. Shifting is effortless as riders tap the up or down buttons, shifts are quick, only mildly slower than a mechanical system in some instances, but they are almost always smoother. On top of that, the servicing, maintenance and cable tensioning routine is over. We’d gladly trade an occasional battery charge for the mindless rides and shifts in-between. The SRAM Eagle AXS X01 drivetrain is an exciting bit of tech and while we’re grateful for SRAM pushing the envelope and wealthy customers supporting the line, we’re most excited about the hopes of this technology making its way down to more affordable price points, because when they do, a lot more people’s rides are gonna get a lot more fun.
Price: $1,900 (Full X01 Kit);
X01 Derailleur: $700
XG-1295 Cassette: $385
AXS Controller (Shifter): $200
X01 Eagle Dub Crankset (Not Tested Here): $485
XX1 Eagle Chain: $85