BikeRadar ‘s buyer’s guide to mountain bike groupsets is here to tell you everything you need to know about your bicycle’s components.
A group, gruppo/groupo or groupset are all ways of describing the collection of parts that make up a bicycle’s drivetrain.
The components include the shifters, crankset, bottom bracket, front and rear derailleurs, chain, and cassette. Brakes are sometimes included in component series, but, for this article, we’re going to stick to the items that comprise the drivetrain.
Just like our buyer’s guide to road bike groupsets , this guide is designed to explain the components of a groupset and the different options offered by the two main manufacturers: Shimano and SRAM .
It is more common to see complete groupsets on road bikes. When it comes to mountain bikes, however, brands usually mix and match parts from various groups – and in some cases different brands – to suit the bike’s intended use and meet a specific price point. Components of a mountain bike groupset
Mountain bike crankset
Mountain bike cranksets can be divided into three categories by their number of chainrings. Triple The first is the triple – the old classic. As the name implies, it consists of three chainrings, the largest often being a 42- or 44-tooth outer ring.The middle ring is usually a 32 or 34 and the smallest, inside ring, is often a 22- or 24-tooth.This setup can offer the largest range of gears, but there is significant redundancy in terms of gear ratios. Cross-chaining is also […]