Pinkbike Awards: Best Value Product

Jan 9, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Mountain bike technology has improved drastically over the last few years, but prices for the highest end items have risen as well. We're living in a time of $3,000 wheelsets and $10,000 bikes, prices that are out of reach for many riders. Luckily, there are still good values to be had, and the bikes that are situated in the middle tier of a company's lineup now rival what was at the very top end only a few years ago. The same goes for components, and many of today's mid-range products are capable of outperforming what would once have been the best of the best. The nominees for this year's Best Value Product award ran the gamut from brakes to helmets, but all of the choices were worthy contenders for the title, items that offer a high level of performance without breaking the bank. Of course, there can only be one winner – read on to find out who will be taking home this year's title.

Pinkbike MTB Awards
Best Value Product


OneUp Components Wide Range Drivetrain

OneUp Components

The last few seasons have seen single front chainring setups rapidly gain popularity, spurred on by SRAM's introduction of their 1x11 drivetrain. The addition of a 42 tooth cog to the rear cassette creates a wide enough range of gears that ditching the front derailleur altogether is a much more feasible proposition. In fact, a number of manufacturers have released bikes that aren't even compatible with a front derailleur, a sure sign that 1x drivetrains are here to stay. Currently, the biggest issue facing riders considering making the switch to a 1x11 setup is the cost. SRAM's base level gruppo (cassette, cranks, chain, and shifter) retails for $898, and as for Shimano, well, they're still playing catch up, and their 1x11 gruppo hasn't trickled down past the XTR level yet.

That's where OneUp Components comes in. They realized that it was possible to create a wide range drivetrain by removing the 15 and 17 tooth sprockets from a 10 speed cassette and replacing them with a 16 and a 42 tooth sprocket. The result is a cassette that has 90% of the gear range of a 1x11 setup at a fraction of the cost. OneUp wasn't the first company to venture down this path, but the price ($90 for the two sprockets) and availability moved their product to the front of the pack. The company hasn't rested on their laurels either, and the addition of the RAD cage, which improves the shifting performance of a Shimano derailleur when using a converted cassette, along with their own line of narrow-wide chainrings, means that everything you need to get rid of the front derailleur for good can be purchased from one company, all for less than $200. For offering a simple way to reap the benefits of a 1x drivetrain at a fraction of the cost, OneUp Components earns the Pinkbike Award for Best Value Product.

www.oneupcomponents.com


107 Comments

  • 125 1
 A truely fine piece of equipment! Show's the big players what bikers really want...
  • 36 1
 Bravo PB! Something I can 100% agree with. RAD cage and 16T cog added to my 42T big cog perfected my 11-42 setup.
  • 2 12
flag shom1 (Jan 9, 2015 at 13:34) (Below Threshold)
 ∆ that would be your 10 so setup
  • 3 0
 Great pick, very cool product. My only issue with comparing the price between OneUp and Sram 1x11 is the Sram price includes cranks- you don't need to buy Srams cranks to run their gearing.
  • 6 2
 I run this setup, but with a RaceFace Narrow Wide front.

I have ridden SRAM 1x11, and I have to tell you, it's not much of a difference. Sure the SRAM drivetrain shifts smoother and easier. But is it really worth that much more? Not really. 1x10 is the hands down best deal in drivetrains. Thanks for creating this category @pinkbike. Can we expand it to have categories? I nominate Shimano SLX ice tech brakes, Hope hubs / wheels... I could go on an on.
  • 7 4
 Where are all the conspiracists? PB surely must have been paid for this award. All you losers who cried about the Fox 36 award, where are you? Oh, that's right, teenagers don't wake up till 9 am.
  • 74 0
 It doesn't take rocket appliances to figure out that this is the best thing going in mtb right now!
  • 27 0
 You don't even need your grade ten!
  • 20 0
 dont wanna get all caught up in a catch 23
  • 40 0
 This technology gets two birds stoned at once
  • 15 0
 attodaso.... a fuckin attodaso
  • 35 0
 Well boys, I can't read all the doguments to see if its actually what is says it is, but these products passed with flyin' fuckin' carpets. And due to supply and command I can't afford one, but what comes around is all around, so cheers.
  • 14 4
 nobody is going to One Up that comment
  • 20 0
 2x setups are all water under the fridge
  • 5 0
 Their colors include black and green bastard.
  • 7 1
 whats the worst case Ontario?
  • 6 1
 Make my words. Based on supply and command, these cranks will continue to sell out faster than plutonium loveships driven by Phil Cosby. I'm think I'm going to swallow my prize and buy a set. Although, I hope they have a good search warranty.
  • 6 0
 they'll get it right eventually, it's all about denial and error.
  • 3 0
 A glitch in time has saved me from my 9 speed
  • 6 1
 What do you own space? No, NAYSA does. Rocket people, perhaps you've heard of em?
  • 53 4
 was half expecting a S-works demo.
  • 20 0
 Yay! Value awards!!
  • 17 0
 The only award that people on pinkbike won't complain about
  • 4 0
 not enough value :/
  • 3 0
 @EnduroFan Give people what they've been asking for and they wont complain. Who would had thought?
  • 11 0
 Good on you pinkbike action. The one up is an awesome value. Still think the Canecreek was the most innovative suspension product of the year. Also good job rockshocks for letting us retrofit out boxxers to updated charger damper for a fair price.
  • 8 0
 Love my OneUp 42T and RAD cage. No longer have to swap chainrings and lose the top-end for roadtrips to the "big" mountains. OneUp = more range and less time fiddling with my bike.
  • 1 0
 what size chainring are you running?
  • 3 0
 I'm running 34T and it works well with 26" wheels. It's recommended to go down 2T for every wheel size you go up
  • 9 1
 There's also the ACC solution: run a granny ring without a FD: If you really need that lower gear, just grab the chain & move it down with your hand(there's a few techniques to this, I like shifting down to the smallest cog & grabbing the bottom & pulling it forward.) Even a steel granny & some bolts is only about 35g.

Absolute black makes narrow-wides for 64 BCD, but if all you're doing on this ring is climbing, you really don't even need that.

This also opens up the opportunity, depending on your terrain, of running a bigger ring for your main ring, though you don't want to get to crazy: after all, you only want to have to switch to the granny for stuff like long road climbs. If you make your main big enough that you need the granny often, you might as well run a FD.
  • 2 0
 32T on 29" wheels. I could run 30T , but 32T it gives me a bit more range between the highest gear and lowest gear. Not too much elevation locally, but a 3 hours drive gives me lots of options.
  • 1 0
 That's pretty tall. The reason XX1 uses a smaller BCD for 28t capability is specifically for 29ers. Of course, it was also designed to be an XC capable group, so if you're not banging out XC climbs, 28t might be a little smaller than you need.

I'm riding a 32t on a 26", so I'm actually right in the gear-inch range for a 28t on a 29er myself.
  • 1 0
 Current setup 42t with 16 option and Absolute Black 64 BCD 28t on a 650b, works amazing! The 64 BCD lines up better.
  • 7 0
 Had the ring for over a year and really like it. Slower shifts? Eh it's minimal. Got the RADr cage and the middle shifts very well. What I di like is not having to tune the front derailleur, less clutter on the bar, now have room for Reverb post knob on left hand side, and shaving a pound off the bike!! All that for 2 bills.
Kaboom!
  • 7 0
 Been running this for a year and really like it. Notice a little delay sometimes but nothing too bothersome. Won't be going back to a front der. Looking to buy an Advanced Reign 1 this year and will be making this change before it even leaves the shop. Great choice for value product o the year.
  • 7 0
 I wish SRAM made a cassette build in home, that is 10 speed and goes from 11 to 40 teeth. I think it's so stupid they are loosing so much money buy not doing one them self !
  • 10 0
 "they are loosing so much money"

Look how many bikes come equipped with one of their 11 speed groups now. I don't think they're losing any sleep over this Smile
  • 5 0
 And Sram has their new Guide brakes now too, which is nothing to sneeze at, from people are saying.
  • 1 0
 11-42
  • 5 0
 Ive been running the rad 42t and rad cage for half a year now and wont be chaning it anytime soon. Thanks oneup for making parts everyone can afford. Good call PB
  • 3 0
 Ran the 42/17 combo on my SRAM cassette with no issues for the last couple months of the riding season. Given that my front derailleur was giving me fits, I can't say enough good things about this. Solid work, OneUp!
  • 2 0
 Seriously considering to shift from my 2x10 to 1x10 with this system. I think SRAM has hit a home run with their aproach to 1x11 gearing, while Shimano misteriously has failed: 1x11 reaches its potential benefitls with a 10-42 cassette, while a 11-40 is only halfway...
  • 2 0
 I converted from 2x10 to 1x10 a while ago. I had a couple of problems setting up and getting crisp shifts, so I bit the bullet and bought the OneUp chainring, 16t sprcket and RADr cage (I run a Hope T-Rex 40t at the back). Now I couldn't be happier. I was thinking about going to a 1x11 from SRAM when I had saved up some money, but now I feel there is absolutely no need.
  • 3 0
 I just received the Wolftooth components 42 for Christmas. Haven't had a chance to ride it but the shifting seems dialed on a mid cage x9 type ii. Plus it is made in the US / North America. I'd love to see a comparison.
  • 1 0
 I really like mine. It shifts very well but may require a little adjustment on the der. I really like all the annodization options they have. Be sure to get a 16t cog as well, it will make a difference.
  • 2 0
 Yep, good choice that. Should also counter some of the criticism that keeps getting lobbed at PB for supposedly being in the pockets of the big companies in search for advertising dollars (SRAM advertises a LOT on PB, yet this product is a clear middle finger directed at them).

Next up - someone will hopefully make a nice 10 gear cassette ranging from 40 or 42 down to 11 or 12. I wonder if people are holding off on that because once it's out, SRAM would likely come out with a cheaper version of their 1x11 drivetrain (X1 is going that route, but there's still a pretty big premium).
  • 4 0
 At least nobody is going to say they bribed pinkbike to win the award, as they are such a small company.

I have no experience with One Up, but I guess it's a fair award Smile
  • 2 0
 Good call as a product to get 1x to the masses, sadly it will ultimately become obsolete when Shimano finally get's theor act together, but I look forward to further innovation from Oneup.
  • 2 0
 I doubt oneup's setup will ever be obsolete. No matter what shimano makes, it's still going to be more expensive than what oneup offers. Price is why I bought oneup's 42T sprocket, and a great deal of people did that as well
  • 1 0
 I think this will be around for a while. There are plenty of people who would rather just do this upgrade than fork out for a 1x11 drivetrain.
  • 1 0
 @getsomesy. I think a lot of guys want bigger gears on 1x setups AAND smaller gears on 1x setups. 42t cog enables a bigger front ring without sacrificing 32-36 equivalent ratio.
  • 1 0
 I think it's a fantastic system. Had the 42t and 16t on and running crisply in about 10 minutes and it's been working perfectly for about 7-8 months now. I have a SRAM x9, and it didn't even need that much B-tension adjustment. I paired mine with a 32t Race Face NW up front for my 29er, but I think a 30t would be a better choice. Either way, great award! Congrats!
  • 2 0
 I totally agree. These big cogs are making it damn simple and relatively cheap to get on board with a good 1x set up without breaking the bank or having to ditch perfectly good equipment. SRAMANO can suck it.
  • 2 0
 I feel like this isn't a product that is going to be in huge demand in 3-5 years, sram and shimano will have wider ranger/ cheaper 11 and 10 speed systems out and will make this obsolete
  • 1 0
 Still running 9 speed, but might take advantage of this using cheap 10-speed parts that are "obsolete".

Does it only work with Shimano rear mech?
  • 7 0
 The SRAM mechs apparently don't need the RAD cage, so you'd only need the cog.
  • 4 0
 The 40 or 42t cassette cog and 16t cassette cog are compatible with SRAM (X5; PG1030 and up) and Shimano (SLX and up).

The RAD and RAD'r cage are only for Shimano rear derailleurs. Though not necessary, use of a RAD or RAD'r cage improves the shift quality and reduces the amount of B-srew tension required (compared to a stock Shimano derailleur).

You can use a stock SRAM rear derailleur with the above cassette options. The RAD cages were developed as Shimano rear derailleurs do not use an offset upper pulley. SRAM derailleurs already have an offset upper pulley. (Offset relative to the cage's rotation axis).

Check out the OneUp webpage, compatibility section.
www.oneupcomponents.com/pages/compatibility
  • 2 0
 As far as I know it all works with SRAM gear, the exception being I'm pretty sure that SRAM rear derailleurs shift fine without the need for the rad cage, so you'd only need the cassette sprockets and N/W ring.
  • 1 0
 I get it now. I didn't catch that the cages were optional, so when I didn't see any for SRAM on the website I assumed I would need a shimano rear mech. I need a new rear mech anyway (mine is 9-speed), but I have had only good experiences with SRAMs derailluers.
  • 3 0
 It's a bit of a toss-up really: ~$60 for a Shimano derailleur, +40 for a RAD cage(or $55 for the RADr) or ~$90 for an X9 derailleur. You can go X7 & still get a clutch now, but that trade off looks less great since it's a nice ZEE or XT you're getting for ~$60, SRAM doesn't have double gear movement in either direction like Shimano does as long as you don't go super cheap on the shifter. If you've got Shimano brakes already & like the idea of i-spec mounting, it makes the SRAM option even less desirable(though I've used a problem-solvers adapter for i-spec to matchmaker, & it worked quite well.) A lot of us have gone Saint Shifter plus ZEE derailleur & been very happy with it. I was a SRAM adherent until this as well: the last Shimano drivetrain I owned was probably 8 speed. Coming from 9 speed, I find the double gear changes to be essential going to ten: the gears are so close together that I'm moving 2 all the time, it's a lifesaver. I ran a 10 speed SRAM before I went to a range expander, & the Shimano really is better.
  • 1 0
 This is by far the most civilized "_________ of the year" thread yet. Clearly this was just not a controversial choice at all. Smile
  • 1 0
 Well is was never going to be TLD 5450 pads was it Wink
www.pinkbike.com/news/ace-hayden-is-the-animal-video-2015.html
  • 3 2
 Now how many people are gonna claim pinkbike received money to give them this award?
  • 2 0
 What product won last year? Does it still hold up as a great value?
  • 5 7
 This not a apples to apples comparison. Add $ 200.00 to a new 10 speed set up with cranks and everything. Then what is your savings? Pinkbike this is an award for the best bandaid. It is a great way to through $200 bucks at your worn out bike!
  • 4 3
 I agree. The One Up is a good product, but the price comparison is a bit disingenuous. First, you don't need a new crankset to go to 1x11, so you can pull that out of the mix. Second, chains are wear parts and need to be replaced annually at least. The price difference between a 10sp and 11sp chain is less than $5 for anyone that knows how to use google, so that cost is negligible. So, the real comparison is $115 to $135 for a One Up setup versus the cost of an 11 speed cassette, shifter, and derailleur. Anyone who is remotely competent with google can easily get an 11 speed shifter, cassette, and derailleur (including the brand new XTR) for less than $450. Now that's still a significant price difference, but its nowhere near the $100 versus $850 that Pinkbike would have you think. And, remember that you are getting a brand new cassette, derailleur, and shifter so those parts are going to outlast the 10speed stuff that you currently have. If you are buying new, then you are looking at $250 to go with a Shimano SLX 10sp setup with the OneUp versus $450 for XTR, X01, or even XX1 (if you shop carefully). That's not a whole lot for the top of the line upgrade considering most other significant parts on the bike (wheels, suspension, frame) cost at least $1,000 for premium products.
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  • 2 0
 Hub/hubs. Wheel build. If you are lucky your hubs are compatible with just a new driver, but if you are upgrading then likely not. This is the cost that drove me towards One-Up.
  • 2 0
 No change in hub with XTR 9000.
  • 1 1
 Just make sure to choose an appropriate chainring size so you are not always climbing in the 42t. Ditto for 11 speed cassettes - aluminium rings wear out fast
  • 1 0
 Love it, been using it and it made me get rid of the 2x setup in front. Saved me about 500g!
  • 2 0
 I just bought this because it's shiney and I has to has it.
  • 2 4
 heres a better value for ya: stop being such comment whores, get off pinkbike, go and actually pedal your new "enduro" bike that mommy bought you up some hills till you can go 1x10, 32/36 its plenty, that is as long as your not a pathetic excuse for a mountain biker. ( ;
  • 2 0
 Just put an OneUp setup on my Altitude and it rocks!
  • 2 0
 nah...agree for this
  • 1 0
 Does this only come in green?
  • 6 0
 No, also in black
  • 4 0
 Also comes in black. All this info can be found on their website www.oneupcomponents.com
  • 1 0
 And now ill press the button..."that was ez"!
  • 1 1
 I can't find that pictured 32T front ring on their website. Maybe I am stupid. Can anyone else?
  • 4 0
 Found it -- under the "Narrow Wide Chainrings (104 BCD)" link. yes -- I am stupid
  • 1 0
 I wish they made it in blue.
  • 1 1
 For even better value, head over to Superstar Components and get one for £30 (or $45)
  • 1 0
 That is just awesome that they got it! Congratulations OneUp!
  • 1 0
 I actualy hare mine... whenever i shift into it my chain falls off -_-
  • 1 0
 I'm just waiting to have a 3x1 rather than this 1x11 BS...
  • 1 0
 Right on the money
  • 1 0
 Duh...
  • 2 5
 Prefer Hopes T-rex myself.
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