What a piece of art this thing is! When I unboxed it I wasn't sure whether to put it on my bike or my mantle. The fit and finish is truly stunning and second to none. Sram has truly changed the way my bike climbs and descends.
Much better than the 11s. Everyone is always saying it not, but just switch to 12 already if you haven't. Shifting is super easy and reliable, and this thing is durable. Keep things maintained and this thing will stick around for quite a while. Amazing stuff.
So far it has worked great! I already have a pretty big scratch in it though. It hangs super low and would be quite easy to tear off if not careful. I am super happy with it though. The 1x12 is the way to go!
1x is the way to go for mountain biking. I cannot tell you when the last time I dropped a chain was (I do not run a guide either) When I was running 1x11 I always ran a 28t chainring. I am not a stellar climber and needed something I could slog up the mountain for 2 hours of straight climbing, and I am not a world cup enduro racer, nor do I care if I spin out of gearing on some fire road descent. There were only a handful of trails, or sections of trails where I could have used a taller gearing so that I would not spin out. Enter the Eagle! I run my eagle drivetrain with a 32t chainring, which gives me slightly easier gearing than my previous 28x42 setup, but I have yet to find a section of single track where I could run out of gears. I could not see running a 30t chainring with Eagle unless you are longing for the gear range offered by the old school 3x drivetrains. I love the responsive and consistent shifting that Eagle brings to the table as well. Well done SRAM, looks like you are always at least a step ahead.