Whether you’re a SRAM fan or a stickler for Shimano, there’s no doubting that the 1x drivetrain has revolutionised mountain biking – heck, even roadies are jumping on the band wagon! Here we take a look at the development of the monster 1x system, SRAM Eagle. Is it worth all those Benjamins?

“The sport of mountain biking has its epicenters of excellence — places where the word ‘progression’ really means something. The product engineering of mountain biking also has its hotspots. And few have a more interesting history and legacy than Schweinfurt, Germany.

“Located near-perfectly in the center of Germany, innovators from Schweinfurt are responsible for the first precision ball-bearing, the first ball-bearing hub, the first freewheel and, now, SRAM Eagle™, the SRAM 1x™ drivetrain that continues to redefine mountain bike drivetrain capability.”

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