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SRAM XX1 Black groupset - first look

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SRAM XX1 Black groupset

SRAM XX1 Black groupset (Image credit: SRAM)
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SRAM XX1 Black shifter

SRAM XX1 Black shifter (Image credit: SRAM)
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SRAM XX1 Black rear derailleur

SRAM XX1 Black rear derailleur (Image credit: SRAM)
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SRAM XX1 Black crankset

SRAM XX1 Black crankset (Image credit: SRAM)
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SRAM XX1 Black chain – it's not very black

SRAM XX1 Black chain – it's not very black (Image credit: SRAM)
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SRAM XX1 high direct mount frame cover

SRAM XX1 high direct mount frame cover (Image credit: SRAM)
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XX1 carbon crank boots

XX1 carbon crank boots (Image credit: SRAM)
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The cassette isn't going black, that would confuse things with SRAM's lesser X01 and X1 groups

The cassette isn't going black, that would confuse things with SRAM's lesser X01 and X1 groups (Image credit: SRAM)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

SRAM has announced a stealthy version of its XX1 groupset for 2016, as well as a couple of practical and retrofittable accessories for current SRAM 1x users.

XX1 Black groupset

Apart from being fitted with SRAM's latest generation X-SYNC direct mount chainring, the XX1 Black groupset is mechanically identical to the version that is currently on sale.

With so many riders switching out to 1x setups, many frames are being left with ugly and redundant front derailleur mounts – particularly those with a high direct-mount standard.

If you're spending closer to £350 / US$460 for a set of cranks, you'll probably want to look after them.