The 2011 SRAM Apex 10 speed came out last summer, but the long-term reviews of SRAM’s entry-level road group are just starting to come in. We’ve always been huge fans of SRAM’s road groups and we’re especially stoked about the high-performance, high-value Apex group. We currently stock seven road bikes with Apex – Specialized Allez, Tarmac, Secteur, Roubaix, Dolce, Ruby, and Crux – so it should go without saying that we’re pleased to hear that BikeRadar can confirm what we already know: SRAM Apex offers near-elite level performance at an entry-level price.
Whether you’re looking for new 10 speed road bike and Shimano and Campy aren’t in the budget, or you’re ready for some upgrades and you’re keeping an eye on the bottom line, Apex is the perfect choice. SRAM’s entry-level group offers the vast majority of the features of their higher-end groups at a fraction of the price. Additionally, Apex represents a true alternative to running triple chainrings to gain a bigger gear range. With Apex, you can run an 11-32 cassette with a 50-34 double crankset and get a group with a wider gear range, faster shifts, and lighter total weight, or WiFLi, as SRAM calls it. The best part – and it would be a crime to overlook this – is that Apex is fully compatible with any all of SRAM’s other 10 speed components. What does that mean for you? It means that if you have Apex now, you can upgrade anything on your bike – shifters, derailleurs, cranks, etc. – and it will compatible with your original parts. You can’t yet say that about Shimano or Campy.