SRAM Apex Review
SRAM Apex is the latest offering from the successful cycling component manufacturer. SRAM released Apex in February, 2010 to fill the needs of riders who wanted the wider gear spread offered with a tripe drivetrain yet they maintained the lower weight of a double drivetrain. The concept is simple, a mid-cage rear derailleur, a wide cassette (up to 32 tooth), a compact double crank, and you are climbing like a goat! Of course it seems like a simple solution now that it is out but keep in mind SRAM is not the first to explore this idea as a company called Interloc Racing Design has been offering a similar set up for the past few years.
Apex is comparable to Shimano’s 105 5500 series triple group placing it at the lower end of SRAM’s lineup. However, lower end with SRAM never really means “low end”. Within the lineup, Apex is said to ride just as well as Rival with the main differences being a forged aluminum brake lever rather than Rival’s carbon lever and solid aluminum crank arms instead of Rival’s hollow arms. While this added weight does make Apex a tad heavier than Rival it still comes in at 275 grams less than Shimano’s 105 triple group.
SRAM really pushed this group as an option for riders who wanted the wider gear selection with the medium cage derailleur yet what many don’t know is that there is a standard option (53/39 cranks and a short cage). This option should be extremely attractive to budget riders as the complete group cost around $799.