Tech Review

SRAM Force 1

Written by Robert Wray

Since his return to competition, about a month ago, Alistair Brownlee has raced on the new SRAM Force 1 groupset with great success. SRAM Force 1 is based on SRAM 1x™ (one-by) technologies.

Okay, so most of us are not triathletes (thank god) but Texas is relatively flat and just might be the crit capital of the world. A couple week’s ago, TBR saw Austinbikes‘, Sol Frost, racing a 1x road set-up on a beautiful Mosaic frame at the Driveway. How far are we from 1x road set-ups being common place?

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SRAM PRESS RELEASE

Crushing victory on SRAM 1x™

Alistair Brownlee claimed WTS London on SRAM Force 1

2012 Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee took his second victory of the season at the World Triathlon Series (WTS) on home soil. London marked the sixth WTS race and the second sprint-distance race (750m swim/ 20km bike/ 5km run) of the season for the elites.

After tightening the race and leading most of the four-lap bike, the 27-year-old Brit flew away on the first lap of the run, setting a breakneck pace that no one was able to follow. On the last hundred meters, Alistair Brownlee, the most successful triathlete in the WTS series, could enjoy the huge crowd cheering for him.

Since his return to competition, about a month ago, Alistair Brownlee has raced on the new SRAM Force 1 groupset with great success. SRAM Force 1 is based on SRAM 1x™ (one-by) technologies. 1x is an incredibly secure and amazingly quiet drivetrain defined by SRAM’s X-SYNC™ single chainring and SRAM’s dedicated X-HORIZON™ clutch rear derailleur. 1x ratios allow riders to have a gear range comparable to that of double (2x) chainring systems. For the super-flat WTS London course, Alistair Brownlee chose to race with a 52-tooth chainring and an 11-26 cassette.

Let’s have a closer look to his race bike:

 

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About the author

Robert Wray

Robert is the publisher, founder, and button-pushin' monkey of TexasBikeRacing.com. He has 15 years’ experience in graphic design, art and creative direction, copywriting, brand development, marketing, and creative management. He lives in Austin and has developed a niche in the lifestyle and sports industry with clients including Harley-Davidson, Rossignol, Dynastar, Lange, and numerous cycling brands. He’s a big fan of coffee and anything with wheels.

Email him at gofast at texasbikeracing dot com

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