A carbon crankset for just over £250

One of the best thing about new innovations about mountain biking is that it’s not long before the technology trickles down to more affordable price points. Not long ago SRAM introduced its affordable 1×11 NX drivetrain and now we have its new Truvativ range that features what is claimed to be the most affordable carbon crankset in the industry.

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Truvativ descendant has always been a range that takes the tech of the pro riders and delivers it to the masses and the pick of its latest range has to be the Descendant Carbon Crankset. For between £262 – £286 you get a crankset that weighs 587 grams (just 30 more than the XX1). The crankset can be used for 10 or 11 speed groupsets and comes with a 32t chainring

We’ve had a good hunt round and as far as we can tell this is the cheapest carbon crankset money can buy. SRAM claims it has been developed with the help of its pro athletes, but we found the XX1 crankset to be a bit flexy so we’ll reserve judgement on how it performs until we get one in to test.

SRAM also released an aluminium version of the crankset that weighs 674 grams and costs £161- £188 and a downhill version that weighs 725 grams and costs £122 – £158. All three cranksets will be on sale in June.