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Planet X XLA SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical Disc Cyclocross Bike £499.99 @ Planet X
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Planet X XLA SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical Disc Cyclocross Bike £499.99 @ Planet X

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Posted 24th May 2019

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The new aluminium framed XLA provides poised performance with nimble handling, impressive traction for powering up the inclines and will give you the confidence you need to push, further, harder and faster to take on the competition. Sure, a full carbon frameset weighs a little less but if you're looking for the sweet spot in price performance this is it.

Designed around a carbon bladed fork with generous mud clearance, built to take powerful hydraulic disk brakes and able to work with 1X or multi-chainring drivetrains the XLA is the perfect Cyclocross bike for any rider looking to get the very best value for money. You'll probably like it so much that you'll start riding it into work every day- we did!

Groupset: SRAM Apex 1 is a 1x 11 speed groupset that brings a host of great new features to the party. A single front chainring with 'Narrow-wide' tooth profile ensures chain retention. Add in the extra chain tension that comes from the 'clutch mech' design and you have the best chain security you can ride. SRAMs wide-range cassette to give you the maximum gear options for powering up and down the trails, whilst powerful Avid BB5 mechanical brakes give effortless stopping power and great modulation so you can finesse your braking efforts to suit the surface conditions. Apex 1 brings all of SRAM's cutting edge off-road technology to the mid-level CX bike rider. There's an awful lot to love and a lot of new places to ride.

Wheelset: Gipiemme Roccia Disk. Gippeme are well known for their alloy and carbon fibre race wheels, now they've put their all into creating a practical, value for money 29"/ 700c disc brake wheelset. Built for road and off-road use the Gippemme Roccia is supremely versatile, it's equally at home on our cyclocross bikes as it would any of our Gravel Adventure bikes. Disc brake ready and built to last the Roccia is the perfect do it all 700c wheelset.

Buy the SRAM Apex1 mechanical disk equipped XLA aluminium framed cyclocross bike if you're looking for maximum mud crushing performance but don't want to break the bank
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M_z24/05/2019 15:38

Why do I keep wanting another bike, when I already have two, and rarely …Why do I keep wanting another bike, when I already have two, and rarely use either of them?


RULE #12

The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
LetoKynes24/05/2019 15:56

Bike's got a single chain-ring (instead of double/triple) - worth looking …Bike's got a single chain-ring (instead of double/triple) - worth looking at whether this is right for you, has its pros and cons.


It has a 11-42T cassette which I would of thought was sufficient to provide a wide range of gears. Personally I would see it as all pro's and pretty much no con's compared to many road bikes that offer something like a 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette. This Planet X bikes offers better hill climbing gearing than your typical road bike and slightly slower high gearing but then I guess if you changed the 42T crankset to a 48 or 50T crankset maybe you could match the gear range of a typical road bike. Huge advantages to a 1x setup, less weight, easier maintenance and adjustment, easier shifting, no repeated gears, no unusable gears, no front derailleur knocking, reduced chain wear, reduced chance of chain breaking, more rapid gear changing, less time thinking about gearing for greater road awareness and I'm sure some other advantages.
Why do I keep wanting another bike, when I already have two, and rarely use either of them?
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Why do I keep wanting another bike, when I already have two, and rarely use either of them?
Bike's got a single chain-ring (instead of double/triple) - worth looking at whether this is right for you, has its pros and cons.
how heavy is this bike?
M_z24/05/2019 15:38

Why do I keep wanting another bike, when I already have two, and rarely …Why do I keep wanting another bike, when I already have two, and rarely use either of them?


RULE #12

The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
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LetoKynes24/05/2019 15:56

Bike's got a single chain-ring (instead of double/triple) - worth looking …Bike's got a single chain-ring (instead of double/triple) - worth looking at whether this is right for you, has its pros and cons.


It has a 11-42T cassette which I would of thought was sufficient to provide a wide range of gears. Personally I would see it as all pro's and pretty much no con's compared to many road bikes that offer something like a 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette. This Planet X bikes offers better hill climbing gearing than your typical road bike and slightly slower high gearing but then I guess if you changed the 42T crankset to a 48 or 50T crankset maybe you could match the gear range of a typical road bike. Huge advantages to a 1x setup, less weight, easier maintenance and adjustment, easier shifting, no repeated gears, no unusable gears, no front derailleur knocking, reduced chain wear, reduced chance of chain breaking, more rapid gear changing, less time thinking about gearing for greater road awareness and I'm sure some other advantages.
bonzobanana25/05/2019 09:02

It has a 11-42T cassette which I would of thought was sufficient to …It has a 11-42T cassette which I would of thought was sufficient to provide a wide range of gears. Personally I would see it as all pro's and pretty much no con's compared to many road bikes that offer something like a 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette. This Planet X bikes offers better hill climbing gearing than your typical road bike and slightly slower high gearing but then I guess if you changed the 42T crankset to a 48 or 50T crankset maybe you could match the gear range of a typical road bike. Huge advantages to a 1x setup, less weight, easier maintenance and adjustment, easier shifting, no repeated gears, no unusable gears, no front derailleur knocking, reduced chain wear, reduced chance of chain breaking, more rapid gear changing, less time thinking about gearing for greater road awareness and I'm sure some other advantages.


Bang a 48t front chainring on it and I doubt you would outspin yourself on the flats.
Be a great range of gears.
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bonzobanana25/05/2019 09:02

It has a 11-42T cassette which I would of thought was sufficient to …It has a 11-42T cassette which I would of thought was sufficient to provide a wide range of gears. Personally I would see it as all pro's and pretty much no con's compared to many road bikes that offer something like a 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette. This Planet X bikes offers better hill climbing gearing than your typical road bike and slightly slower high gearing but then I guess if you changed the 42T crankset to a 48 or 50T crankset maybe you could match the gear range of a typical road bike. Huge advantages to a 1x setup, less weight, easier maintenance and adjustment, easier shifting, no repeated gears, no unusable gears, no front derailleur knocking, reduced chain wear, reduced chance of chain breaking, more rapid gear changing, less time thinking about gearing for greater road awareness and I'm sure some other advantages.


You see no cons in a 1x11? How about the fact it jumps massively between gear shifts (as well as having a lower range of gearing) and has a cassette that looks like a dinner plate - weighing over half a kilo, double the weight of an 11-28 cassette. Means there aren't any weight savings and it likely weighs more than the competition - cyclingweekly.com/new…407

Not true about gear shifting and chain wear / risk of snapping, but certainly pros appear to be that 1x11 is simpler and easier to maintain, and it does remove the derailleur rub for the gears no one uses on a 2x10 or 11, as it has no front derailleur.

Good value bike tho for sure, all Planet X bikes are competitive. Nb I'm never really sure who these CX bikes are really for (outside of people racing them!) - they are basically drop handlebar hybrid bikes/gravel bikes - so good I guess if you're looking for a recreational bike for tow paths and the like that you can take on the road sometimes.
deleted211550825/05/2019 17:54

You see no cons in a 1x11? How about the fact it jumps massively between …You see no cons in a 1x11? How about the fact it jumps massively between gear shifts (as well as having a lower range of gearing) and has a cassette that looks like a dinner plate - weighing over half a kilo, double the weight of an 11-28 cassette. Means there aren't any weight savings and it likely weighs more than the competition - https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/sram-apex-1-213407Not true about gear shifting and chain wear / risk of snapping, but certainly pros appear to be that 1x11 is simpler and easier to maintain, and it does remove the derailleur rub for the gears no one uses on a 2x10 or 11, as it has no front derailleur.Good value bike tho for sure, all Planet X bikes are competitive. Nb I'm never really sure who these CX bikes are really for (outside of people racing them!) - they are basically drop handlebar hybrid bikes/gravel bikes - so good I guess if you're looking for a recreational bike for tow paths and the like that you can take on the road sometimes.


You seem to be injecting a lot of unfair bias in your comparison there. Yes the 1x setup has a heavy cassette but what do you think the extra 1 or 2 chainrings at the front weigh with their bolts plus add the weight of the extra shifter, the extra front derailleur and the gear cable, also a few extra chain links to allow for selecting the large chainring to large cog even though you shouldn't select those. Many of the large cassettes are drilled for weight savings even the cheaper ones. Personally I prefer looking at a nice shiny dinner plate on the rear wheel looks much better to me but even if you don't that isn't really a reasonable negative I was making a technical comparison. As for shifting yes there can be bigger jumps between gears but on a 2x setup you may have to shift both front and rear derailleurs to get the right gear and avoid using gears with an excessive chainline angle the simplicity of 1x means you just go up and down with nothing else to think about or worry about using the wrong gear combinations. Anyway the bigger jump between gears is more related to the number of gears on the cassette, obviously a 1x with a 11 speed cassette is a lot smoother than a 1x with a 8 speed cassette. 1x 11 is smoother than a Claris 2x 8.
bonzobanana26/05/2019 11:56

You seem to be injecting a lot of unfair bias in your comparison there.


Seems to be countering your own unfair bias with a more complete and balanced view tbh (admittedly not a challenge)

just requote yourself again on what BooBooj has countered:
"Personally I would see it as all pro's and pretty much no con's compared to many road bikes that offer something like a 50/34 crankset and 11-28 cassette."

If you can not see both the pro's and cons and weight them accordingly then that is almost the perfect definition of bias isn't it? you do read back this to yourself before posting don't you?
Shame they don't do it in a flat bar version. I'd be jumping at it....
gu2gan24/05/2019 16:15

how heavy is this bike?


The model "up" with hydraulic brakes (planetx.co.uk/i/q…ike) is around 9.4kg. So would imagine the mechanical disc brake one will be in the same ball-park.
Guys come on, all this single ring double ring nonsense. It’s a cheap bike, and to be fair I love the colour scheme! Sure it’s no carbon Ultegra with a compact cassette, but it’s a decent bike for the money as all Planet X bikes tend to be. Personally I wouldn’t have anything with mechanical discs, but apart from that a great commuter or starter bike.
If I wanted a dropped bar bike I'd buy this. Sick of multiple gearing ratios and having a few combinations that rattle or jump. My Tiagra compact has about 6 gears they overlap anyway. But since I have used the drops for about 1% of my 40 years road cycling life I've converted to being comfortable and being able to look around on the bike. But a good deal for all you mamils.
Fixed/single for commuting minimal maintainence, bomb proof. Though n+1 always good lol.
They do have a flat bar similar to this. It's with hydraulic brakes and it costs 200 pounds more.
planetx.co.uk/i/q…ike
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