Solid Crankset at a great value
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
When I first got into riding gravel the added maintenance and occasional dropped chain with a double chainring and front derailleur soon convinced me that 1x must be the way to go so I bought a used carbon crank, slapped on a Wolf Tooth drop stop chain ring on it and never looked back. After a few seasons the used crank gave out. Not anxious to pay for a brand new carbon crank, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the aluminum Rival 1x crank weighs only 200 grams more than the carbon Force and costs $85 less...that's tire money folks! The crankset was easy to install and adjust taking all of 15 minutes. I've used it for about 6 weeks now and it performs very well with no appreciable flex for the relatively skinny dude I am . The anodized aluminum finish seems more scratch and scuff resistant than carbon is. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase . My experience with the Rival crank and other products in the group shows me that Sram Rival is a solid choice at a great price point.