Update: The lucky random winner is Caleb Hulsey from Austin, Texas, who said he just so happens to have a cyclocross frame ready for the Apex 1 group. Thanks for entering, and stay tuned for our next giveaway. Congrats Caleb!
SRAM’s affordable, performance-oriented Apex 1 group was announced this spring, but we’re just starting to see bikes arrive with the workhorse single chainring groupset now.
It’s great timing, as more cyclocross racers are making the switch to 1x drivetrains every day, and based on our initial ride impressions, the affordable Apex components are so similar in form and function to the more expensive Rival 1 and Force 1 groups that you’d be hard pressed to be able to tell the difference if you were blindfolded.
SRAM describes the new affordable 1x groupset as follows:
“Drop bar or flat bar, dirt or pavement, Apex 1 is ready to answer the call of the road with hydraulic disc brakes and the simplest, quietest, easiest to use, and most secure drivetrain option available—SRAM 1x™. Apex 1 achieves each of these superlatives while delivering artful design at an unrivalled value.”
The component that might be the most exciting is the Apex 1 11-42 11-speed cassette. Unlike SRAM’s 10-42 offerings, this wide-range cassette does not require an XD driver, allowing cyclocross and gravel riders to add a low gear without a change in freehub body.
Whether you’re curious about 1x, wanting a wider range of gearing, or needing to build up a new frame, this week is your lucky week. Cyclocross Magazine has teamed up with SRAM to reward one lucky reader with a full Apex 1 groupset as pictured above, a $771 value.
Entering takes just a few seconds, and you can increase your chances by sharing the contest each day. Enter below.