While we’re always stoked to report on and review the top-of-the-line components, the reality is that most mountain bikers are just fine with the workhorse-level components. Saving money is big on everyone’s minds and when it comes down to it, most mountain bike shoppers will gladly downgrade the components a notch while keeping the same frameset. Or, when custom-building a new bike, they opt for lower-grade components to get the high-zoot frame. Either way, it works.

And, for 2012, SRAM’s X5 drivetrain gets an overhaul — joining the 2×10 brigade and becoming lighter and more efficient in the process. While it may not be for all riders, I’m confident that for many, it will open the doors to a better experience without blowing the budget. Again, not the lightest, but very budget-friendly.

2012 SRAM X5 2×10 Pricing:

  • Rear Derailleur X-5 10-speed Medium Cage Aluminum Black – MSRP $64.00 USD
  • Front Derailleur X-5 2×10 – MSRP range $35.00 –$42.00 USD
  • Shifter X-5 Trigger Set 2×10 – MSRP $62.00 USD
  • SRAM Crank X5 – MSRP range $136.00 — $195.00 USD
  • Cassette PG-1030 11-36 10 speed – MSRP $75.00 USD

To see the new X5 grouppo, click the image below to download the PDF.

More Info: Visit SRAM.com


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A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. The least expensive 10 speed cassette .. $75. C’Mon SRAM. How do you expect people to upgrade when it costs $100 to replace a worn chain and cassette?

    • While I feel your pain, cassettes are not easy to manufacture. $75 is $10-$15 less than a comparable Shimano SLX and SRAM PG 1050 10-speed cassette. Once they go on sale, I’m sure that you’ll see their going price in the $60 range.

      Are you looking to upgrade to 2×10 on your current bike? If so, you can get pretty good deals now on reliable X7 stuff all over the place.

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