We've been going a bit Shimano-crazy here at Planet X recently, but now the Pro Carbon SRAM Rival is back!
SRAM has been busy improving their groupsets rather than moving to 11-speed on their whole range like Shimano and Campagnolo. SRAM groupsets have always been reknown for being lighter than their competitors, and SRAM Rival is a good 50g lighter than Shimano Ultegra. We've also fitted the bike with the special WiFli version of Rival, which uses a medium cage rear derailleur for an even greater range of gears. It's the climbing solution of choice for many pros such as Alberto Contador, and it allows riders to spin away up long steep climbs with an energy-efficient, super-high cadence. This also makes it perfect for the sportive rider taking on all-day challenges. It With a lowest gear of 34-32T, who needs an 11th sprocket?
Rival also brings SRAM's unique DoubleTap shifting system, which uses a single paddle for both up- and down-shifts. An elegant solution, it means reduced lever throw and a smaller, more ergonomic hood profile. Along with their Exact Actuation front and rear derailleurs, it means precise, smooth shifting throughout the cassette every time.
The frame itself needs no introductions really. By far our most popular road frame, its light weight and comfortable carbon-fibre construction have seen it chosen time and time again for racing, sportives and Sunday morning club runs. The geometry sits nicely between aggression and endurance, meaning a rider position that you can confortably maintain for hours, while still having the aerodynamics and snappy handling to put the power down for the sprint to the next sign.
Topped off with high-quality Planet X finishing kit, a San Marco saddle and FSA's semi-aero Team 30 wheels, the Pro Carbon SRAM Rival is undoubtedly one of the best value bikes for under 1000 and - if we're honest - quite a bit better than many more expensive bikes too.
|Frame:||Planet X Pro Carbon Road Frame|
|Fork:||Planet X Pro Carbon Road Fork|
|Front Derailleur:||SRAM Rival Front Mech|
|Rear Derailleur:||SRAM Rival Rear Mech / 10 Speed / Short Cage|
|Shifters:||SRAM Rival Double Tap Shifters 10 Speed|
|Chainset:||FSA Gossamer Compact BB386 EVO Chainset|
|Bottom Bracket:||BSA Bottom Bracket|
|Cassette:||SRAM PG 1030 Cassette / 10 Speed / 11-28T|
|Chain:||SRAM PC1031 10 Speed 114 Link Chain|
|Front Brake:||SRAM Road Brake Caliper / Black|
|Rear Brake:||SRAM Road Brake Caliper / Blackk|
|Handlebars:||Planet X Road Bar Strada Shallow Drop / 42cm / Polished Black / 31.8 mm Clamp|
|Bar tape:||Planet X Logo / Black|
|Stem:||Planet X Superlight Team 3D Forged Stem 100 mm / Polished Black / 6 degrees / 31.8 mm Clamp|
|Headset:||FSA Orbit CE|
|Wheels:||FSA Team 30 Wheelset / 700c / Black / Shimano/SRAM 10/11sp|
|Front Tyre:||Planet X Rage Tyre / 700c / Black / 23 mm|
|Rear Tyre:||Planet X Rage Tyre / 700c / Black / 23 mm|
|Inner Tube:||Planet X Inner Tubes|
|Saddle:||San Marco Ponza Saddle / Carbon Steel / Black|
|Seatpost:||Planet X Light Alloy Seatpost / 31.6mm / Polished Black|
|Seat Clamp:||34.9 mm|
|Pannier rack compatible:||No|
|Bottle cage bosses:||1 set on size small, 2 sets on all other sizes|
|Number of Gears:||20|
|Approx. Frame Weight (g)||1124|
|Seatpost Size (mm)||31.6|
|Seat Clamp Size (mm)||34.9|
|Front Mech Clamp Size (mm)||34.9|
|Wheels||700C. with clearance for 25mm tyres|
|Bottle Cage Bosses||1 set on size small, 2 sets on all other sizes|
|A||Head Angle (°)||72||72.5||73||73.5|
|B||Head Tube Length (mm)||125||145||165||190|
|C||Effective Top Tube Horizontal (mm)||530||547||570||590|
|D||Seat Angle (°)||74||73.5||73||72.5|
|E||Seat Tube Length Centre to top(mm)||440||480||520||560|
|F||Chainstay Length (mm)||408||408||408||408|
|G||BB Drop (mm)||68||68||68||68|
|H||Standover Height (mm)||720||740||775||780|
|Rider Height||Suggested Frame Size|
|5′3″ to 5′7″ (160cm-170cm)||Small|
|5′8″ to 5′11″ (173cm-180cm)||Medium|
|5′10″ to 6′2″ (178cm- 188cm)||Large|
|6′1″ to 6′6″ (185cm- 198cm)||X-Large|
All frame size recommendations are approximate. A good fit will also depend on the correct choice of stem length, correct bike set-up for the rider and riding style.
Correct frame size choice can vary greatly with riders' torso length. If you have longer legs and a shorter torso, go for a slightly shorter stem. If you think you are borderline between sizes, and you have longer legs and a shorter torso, go for the smaller frame size. If you have shorter legs and a longer torso, go for the larger frame size to get the extra top tube length.
As the frame sizes increase, so does the length of the head tube. If you are inflexible or perhaps have a history of back problems, consider going for a larger frame size. This will increase the relative height of the handlebars making the position less “extreme”. The larger frame will also have a longer top tube, so you’ll need to compensate for this with a shorter stem.
Best bike i have ever had. Thought it might take longer to get used to Sram gearing because I have only ever used Shimano but after a short ride it all became natural. I find the tyres give me a slightly harsher ride than my continental gatorskins but nothing i can't live with.. Overall a fantastic bike.
Great bike and delivered quickly, thanks!
The bike is gorgeous to look at and a great ride. A couple of things needed tightening up
Really nice Bike! It almoust flies!
Bought my Planet X Pro Carbon nearly 4 years ago and I have to say it still rides beautifully. It has taken me from John OGroats to Lands End, Paris to Monaco via Alpe DHuez, London to Amsterdam, up El Teide in Tenerife and many thousands of miles besides. For a grand, I honestly dont know how they do it for the money insanely good value! I have friends who paid 2 or 3 times as much for Italian brands that perform no better that my Planet X. Always enjoy reminding them how good value my British-built bike is! Light as a feather too (7.5kg according to my scales). If I absolutely had to find fault, the tyres whilst light werent exactly bullet proof, but switch them for a pair of Gatorskins and youll be riding a formidable machine.
Superb bike, excellent value for money.
Everything I hoped for; would be happy to refer anybody interested in my bike as a personal referral.
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