While SRAM’s drivetrains and suspension units often hog the limelight, it’s easy to forget that finishing kit has always been a big part of what it does under the Truvativ sub-brand. With its all-new Descendant range of stems, bars, cranks and seatposts, Truvativ is updating its ageing range in order to make themselves attractive to the ever increasing trail, enduro and downhill markets with both carbon and alloy options on offer.
Truvativ started out making cranksets known for their durability in an era where ruining square-taper cranks was a common occurrence for riders that liked to push their limits on downhills or dirt jumps. It brought new technology and new materials to the arena, using a combination of warm forging and high strength aluminium alloys to provide durable kit without breaking the bank.
The new range follows in those footsteps, aiming to provide the biggest bang for your buck. The utilitarian function is backed up by the styling – you can have anything you like, as long as it’s black. Combined with aggressive pricing, the new range looks likely to be a hit with brands looking to spec their bikes or aftermarket buyers focused on function rather than form.
Descendant crankset range
There are three options in the Descendant crankset range, starting with the trail- and enduro-focused aluminium Descendant. Using forged, non-hollow aluminium arms with a substantially different profile to that seen before on any of SRAM’s kit, they use a direct mount chainring that’s compatible with any 1x drivetrain to help reduce weight.
You can take your pick from 170mm or 175mm arm lengths as well as standard GXP 24mm spindles or oversize 30mm items. When compared to a Shimano XT M8000 36/26t double crankset that tips the scales at 717g (we don’t yet have a weight for the single ring version), the claimed weight of 674g with a 32t ring looks competitive too. Price ranges are £134-158 and $161-188 , with Aussie pricing TBC at time of writing.
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