Review: Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette for SRAM Eagle

Oct 25, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  
Garbaruk 12-speed drivetrain components


Want to spice up your bike's looks and shed a few grams? Garbaruk is a family owned machining and manufacturing factory that makes beautiful components from high-strength aluminum and steel alloys. To celebrate their recent move from the Ukraine to Krakow, Poland, they sent us a matched set of drivetrain items, headlined by a new 12-speed 10 x 50 cassette. PB previously reviewed their 11-speed wide-range cassette with good results. Their latest offerings are equally stunning and we expect the same or better performance, as Garbaruk noted improvements to their tooth profiles and shifting ramps.

The first 11 cogs of the 12-speed cassette are machined from one piece of heat-treated alloy steel with silver-tone plating, while the largest cog is machined from 7075-alloy aluminum and then color-anodized. It fits SRAM XD drivers and can be purchased in eight colors, including basic black or silver.

Tucked in with the cassette was a color-matched pair of CNC-machined aluminum derailleur pulleys (14 and 12 tooth), and a 30t-tooth oval chainring (they offer round as well). Components can be purchased directly from their web store, with cassettes priced at $314, pulley sets at $69 and SRAM-compatible chainrings ranging from $37 to $71 USD. (they make chainrings to fit all popular cranksets).
Garbaruk drivetrain components



Garbaruk 12 speed cassette
Improved performance from new shifting ramps and tooth profiles.


Garbaruk 12-Speed Cassette

Designed to fit SRAM XD drivers, Garbaruk offers their 12-speed cassette in either a 10 by 50-tooth range (10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-50), which is the same gearing as SRAM's 10 x 50 Eagle cassettes.

Garbaruk also offers a 10 by 48-tooth range (10-12-14-16-18-21-24-28-32-36-42-48 ), for strong riders who want that last shift to be a smaller jump. Similar to SRAM, the largest, aluminum cassette cog is splined and engages the XD driver, while the contiguous block of 11 steel cogs are attached to the 50 tooth. Garbaruk's cassette also uses the same splined tool as SRAM, which is a good thing.
Cassette Details

Construction: One piece alloy steel alloy cogs - 10t to 42t, 7075 aluminum - 50t cog
Compatibility: SRAM XD drivers
Gearing: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 50, or 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 48
Colors: silver-tone plated steel cogs, Anodized 50t or 48t in black, silver, blue, gold, green, orange, red, or purple.
Weight: 10/50t: 342g, 10/48t: 339g
MSRP: $314 (black/silver) $331 USD (colors)

Comparing weight and price, SRAM claims 357 grams for their top-range XX1 Eagle cassette, while Garbaruk claims (and does) weigh within a percent of 342 grams. SRAM's golden or oil-slick XX1 Eagle will run you $449, while Garbaruk's costs $314 - over a hundred USD less. SRAM's comparably priced XO1 Eagle cassette costs $385 and weighs a claimed 357 grams. Most people considering the Garbaruk option, however, will probably be upgrading from one of SRAM's heavy, lower-priced cassettes like the $215 GX-level XG-1275 "full pin" model that weighs 450 grams.


Riding It

Installation is the same as SRAM's cassettes and, as mentioned, uses the same spline tool. Garbaruk's tolerances and spacing were such that I had no need to turn a derailleur adjustment screw - shifting was spot on. I installed it in a hurry on the first review bike, however, and did not use a torque wrench ...aaaand it managed to come loose a few rides later. The hub was an Industry Nine, so no questions about quality. Torqued correctly, I had no repeat performance or any further issues with the cassette.

Shifting was not as crisp and mechanically smooth as the SRAM XX1 it replaced on the first test bike, but on par with the SRAM XG-1275 cassette that I was using on the second bike I mounted it to. What I did notice was that the Garbaruk cassette was a little more fussy. I could sense the difference in shifting, one click in either direction of the adjustment barrel, while SRAM's cassettes needed a couple of clicks to achieve a similar bias in the direction I was shifting across the cogs.

Garbaruk's cassette could be pedaled backwards without making a mess of things, which is the present standard, and while shifts were noticeably louder than either SRAM cassette, surprisingly,
Garbaruk Cassette
it ran more quietly than both of its rivals. If I were asked to rate the shifting performance against SRAM XX1, I'd say 95 percent. Did I ever miss a shift? No. Was there ever a moment when a shift lagged under power? No. SRAM and Shimano, however, have a busload of patents and experience on their sides that make that last five percent tough to achieve. Garbaruk joins e*thirteen as one of the top contenders who has a shot at closing that gap.

Pros

+ Lightweight alternative to XO1 Eagle at a lower price
+ Good looking. Color match your drivetrain components to your bike

Cons

- Doesn't shift as smoothly as SRAM's top line Eagle XO1 and XX1 rivals.



Garbaruk chainring


Garbaruk Chainring

Garbaruk's take on the narrow-wide tooth profile is influenced by both Shimano and SRAM. Their tooth profile is very tall, like Shimano's, which helps retain the chain while it is thrashing left and right and, like SRAM, the tips of the wider teeth act as a sort of pivot, around which, the chain links can rotate slightly as they engage from various angles. Garbaruk also claims that their design helps cleanse the teeth from mud and crud and redirect it away from the moving bits. Garbaruk makes them both round and oval. I'm a fan of their 12-percent oval design reviewed here.
Chainring Details

Construction: CNC-machined 7075 alloy aluminum, narrow-wide tooth profile
Options: Oval - 12% or round, 26t to 38t (sizes vary by brand)
Compatible: SRAM, Shimano, FSA, e*thirteen, Race Face, Rotor, THM, & Tune
Colors: Eight anodized colors, including black and silver
MSRP: $37 to $97 USD ($63 - 30t oval SRAM GXP tested)


Garbaruk detail
Garbaruk's tooth profile runs silently, a rarity for oval chainrings.

Riding It

Disclosure: I didn't put a huge amount of time on the Garbaruk chainrings because the cassette was the star of this show and I needed a direct comparison using similar SRAM drivetrain components. That said, the blue anodized color coat is holding up exceptionally well so far, and I expect this chainring to be as long-wearing as the teeth on Garbaruk drivetrain components I've previously reviewed. They machine their chainrings and large cogs from hardened, 7075 aluminum alloy - which evidently is a big plus.

Tops on my like list is how quietly the chainring runs. Oval rings tend to sound very mechanical under power, but not this one. Garbaruk must have tooth profile correct, because the same goes for the cassette cogs, which run smoothly all the way out to the extreme angles. I also like the mild 12-percent ovality and clocking of their "not-round" option for the lack of pulsation and smooth technical climbing. In addition, the chain stayed on, the sprocket fit the crankset precisely and its Boost chain line was spot on. Good stuff.

Pros

+ Silent running and super secure tooth profile
+ Attractive anodized colors to match any bike or kit

Cons

- Black chainrings mask dirt and grease much better
- Lots of cheap chainrings to choose from if color isn't your thing



Aluminum Derailleur Pulleys

SRAM XX1 through GX level rear derailleur pulleys already roll on sealed ball bearings. Those plastic discs may not look all that sexy, but they get the job done and weigh about the same as Garbaruk's stunning CNC-machined aluminum replacements. There are a few physical reasons to purchase 69-dollar derailleur pulleys, but I'll get to those later. The way I look at the equation is that once you buy the diamond necklace cassette and the matching diamond chainring, you may as well buy your sweetheart a pair of half karat earrings to complete the look.

Derailleur Pulley Details

Construction: CNC-machined 7075 alloy aluminum, sealed ball bearings
Teeth: 12t upper, 14t lower
Features: Narrow-wide tooth profile, self-cleaning design
Weight: Nearly nothing
Colors: Eight anodized colors including black and silver
MSRP: $69 USD (pair)

Garbaruk pulleys use the stock SRAM hardware and line up with an identical chainline as the ones they replace. You will need to add some thread locker to ensure the minimally threaded screws
Garbaruk derailleur pulleys
don't rattle out and deposit your expensive accessories somewhere on the trail. If you don't own a torque wrench, Google how little force 3 Newton meters is before you tighten the pulley screws - it doesn't take much.

Riding Them

Like their Garbaruk siblings elsewhere on the bike these pulleys never even whispered during the review period. But, the best and most unexpected tangible benefit of this pair of impulse purchases is how much cleaner they stay.

I can't explain how it happens, but SRAM's and Shimano's plastic pulleys act like tiny cement mixers that combine chain lube, plant matter and trail crud into a putrid paste that non-toxic cleaners cannot dissolve.
Garbaruk Derailleur pulleys
Narrow-wide nodes (left) on the sprocket teeth.

Every home mechanic has a favorite flat-bladed screwdriver that fits into the hollows of their crusty plastic pulleys to dislodge that hellish gum. Those thinly spoked pulleys with their tiny ballerina narrow-wide teeth laugh off that crud. Garbaruk, it seems, has machined away every molecule of aluminum a dab of mini cement mixer grunge could lodge onto. That alone may be worth 69 bucks.

Pros

+ Functional jewelry for your rear derailleur
+ They stay clean and look way better
Cons

- As long as your pulleys have sealed ball bearings, you really don't need them



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesGarbaruk's 12-speed cassette fulfills three market niches. Depending on the cassette it's replacing, this upgrade can erase 100 to 200 grams from your suspension's unsprung weight, which is a significant reduction. Garbaruk's 12 speed option also offers the same CNC-machined mono-block construction as SRAM Eagle's "Powerdome" cassettes for a substantial savings.

For many, though, the attraction of styling out your bike with matching accessories is equally compelling and few, if any, drivetrain makers offer a better looking ensemble than the craftsmen at Garbaruk. If I were building up a custom titanium frame, I'd definitely go that route. If I were searching for pure shifting performance, however, and cost was no object, then a SRAM Eagle XX1 or XO1 cassette would be my first choice.
RC






119 Comments

  • 46 2
 Nope. The SRAM XX1 Eagle cassette definitely does not weigh 300g, nor does SRAM claim that it weighs that little. Straight from the SRAM website..."357g" which is right on the money. The X01 and XX1 Eagle cassettes are basically the same apart from colour and as such they weigh pretty much the same.
  • 27 2
 ^This. The garbaruk cassette is both LIGHTER and CHEAPER than an XX1 Eagle cassette...
  • 3 0
 THey must have updated the article, because it says "357g"
  • 21 2
 As long as they’re fixing stuff, it’s just “Ukraine” and not “the Ukraine”...
  • 4 7
 I have been riding Garbaruk SRAM (1048, 11 speed) since 2015. Works great, better spaced, nicely lighter than anything out there (it is 309), cheaper than the highest end, and it takes me anywhere. In typical fashion Pinkbike can refrain to write a SRAM commercial based on non-existent evidence: shifting and adjustment are not really "more fussy", whatever that means. Maybe the reviewer is the problem ... given that he is seemingly not able to install a cassette with the proper torque ...
  • 1 1
 @powderturns: Butch...or The Butch.

Makes sense.
  • 34 4
 Amount of BS is strong in this article.
1. SRAM Oil slick cassette is the same as X01/XX1 and weighs the same, certainly not 300gr!
2. Shifting on SRAM cassettes is the same, regardless if its GX, X01 or XX1. I've had both. It's only logical since the ramps, teeth profile and spacing is the same.
  • 4 1
 I thought that about the narrow wide rings comment, why on earth would they be any different, I have one and there is zero extra noise. The sentiment makes no sense
  • 14 0
 I found shifting on X01 to be a bit smoother and more precise compared to GX, but it's hard to say how much of that is the cassetes fault.
  • 10 0
 I have the 11sp 10-46 cassette from Garbaruk, I also have 11sp e-thirteen TRS Race 9-46 on my other bike, these replaced the older Shimano XT cassettes (with XD driver change obviously, shifting is Shimano XT). I have to say that out of these three options I have experience with, Garbaruk is sadly the worst. E-thirteen almost as good as Shimano and the Shimano only drivetrain the best, but that is expected I guess.
Oh and I also tried the OneUp conversion to the Shimano cassette in the past, didnt shift that well either, Id say on par with Garbaruk. Just my 2 cents..
  • 3 0
 *I meant Oval rings
  • 2 0
 E13's new Gen2 11 speed 9-46 cassette paired with a Sram GX derailleur and a XO1 12 speed chain (yes 12 speed chain) has been working flawlessly for me, smooth and crisp shifting through entire range.
  • 1 0
 @in2falling: I have same setup but why run a 12 speed chain?
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: I have an oval ring on one bike, round on the other- I have never noticed additional noise from the oval, or even thought of that as a possibility. This article is the first time I’ve heard that claim.
  • 4 0
 Xo1 definitely shifts noticeably better than a gx cassette. Better quality build to a better standard. Machines out of one piece and not riveted together.
  • 1 0
 @NickBosshard: probably because of a better shifter and derailleur.
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: Agreed! Thanks for the comment, I was about to leave one. I've been using modern oval chainrings (absolute black and wolftooth) on two bikes for the past 5 years--no extra noise ever! Love R.C but am confused by his statement.
  • 4 0
 Tolerances on a machines cassette will probably be tighter than that of a pinned cassette. It’s reasonable that the machines cassette would shift better
  • 1 0
 @bmied31: as do I. I run an XX1 12 speed chain. It's quieter, shifts better, and doesn't derail when backpedaling.

I'm running 11 speed g2 9-46, 12 speed XT derailleur, 12 speed XX1 chain. It doesn't shift as smoothly as the XT cassette I has before, but it's not terrible, and it's quite a bit lighter.
  • 3 0
 I've found shifting on the X-Dome cassettes to be significantly better than the pinned cassettes. IDk if it's because they are stiffer or shaped different or what, but back to back there is a noticeable difference.
  • 1 0
 @ninjatarian: I haven't noticed any difference in noise switching to an oval ring either.
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: tolerances should not be any different as the pin only serves to keep it together the position shape and relation spline-tooth should be the exact same if they do not intentionally make it sloppy to create a need for solid piece
  • 1 0
 @bmied31: Read some where that there was issues with E13 cassette catching a small bit in some gears and fix was running a 12 speed chain, which I guess has same inner diameter but ever so slightly smaller diameter.
  • 2 0
 @thenotoriousmic: You are probably spot on. You can get a GX cassette that works as good as the X01 but there is more inconsistency with the GX cassettes vs the X01s. So you can get a GX that shifts just as good or you could not. I have had X01 and NX and didn't notice a shifting difference.
  • 3 0
 @PtDiddy: it’s not just that but the xo1 are much stouter. They don’t flex or buckle as much when shifting under power. Crisper nicer shifts, you don’t get that toothy twang that you get with shimano and to some extent gx cassettes.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: Yeah that make sense.
  • 1 0
 @Macek123: I’ve had issues with the e*thirteen TRS 9-46 shifting on the top 2 cogs with my SRAM X1 mech and actually preferred the overall shifting on the previous NX 11-42. I’m running an 11 speed Shimano chain and may try a 12 speed chain when this one wears out. The shifts are fine on the bike stand but under load they can be finicky. I’m not sure what the remedy is as I love the range but am a little dissatisfied.
  • 1 0
 @in2falling: Interesting about the 12 speed chain. I have the same setup and it also works flawlessly with a Shimano 11 speed chain. I’ll try 12 next time for extra smoothness. A friend is using this Gabaruck cassette and the shifting is sub par (according to him). He’s trying the E13 9-50 12 speed next.
  • 2 0
 @Paleboy: A SRAM chain, 12 speed or likely even 11 speed, will work much better than Shimano on the e-13.

I tried 11 speed Shimano, KMC, YBN, and 12 speed SRAM. The first this were all terrible. SRAM chain cleaned things up nicely for me on both my 9-39 and 9-46 e-13 cassettes. But they don't shift quite as nicely as a full Shimano 11 speed setup.
  • 1 0
 @in2falling: Interesting, maybe I’ll give that a shot.
  • 21 5
 Possibly unpopular opinion - stuff like this looks cheap and tacky. I much prefer the look of a black anodised cassette or a
"normal" Shimano one
  • 3 2
 Agree. Colored anodization bits is usually a sign that you're looking at a Fred bike. Black anodization on cassettes looks good on day 1 then they just look bad as it starts to wear off. Shimano, on your new 12x stuff, why did you make all the high count gears black? Ugh.
  • 10 0
 You can get these cassettes without ano. Just buy the silver version.
  • 4 1
 The black Sram ones are only black for like 2 rides before the anodization wears off and then it looks like crap.
  • 2 0
 @dthomp325: I think that depends on the cassette. I had a SRAM 1190 or 1195, and that kept it's finish for quite a long time. Btw, it's only the aluminum rings that are anodized. The black treatment on the steel domes is something else entirely.
  • 4 0
 Blue is certainly the cheapest looking ano color. Any other will looks better. As long as you don't overdo it,a dash of color brings life to the mechanic parts of a bike.
  • 1 0
 @nozes: thought it was purple lol
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: My experience is with the X01 x-dome and the GX pinned cassettes. Black finish starts to wear off after maybe 250 miles/20-30 hours, which is about a month of riding for me.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: certainly when corners and chamfers wear down you will lose the finish, but I found the color on the flat surfaces to be quite durabile. That said, where we ride (and the kind of dirt present) and the lube we use, may play a role here too.

I actually hate sram, let me be clear about that. I have had so many SRAM and RockShox product failures in the last 3-4 years, I totally boycott their products when possible. But I can say the cassette I had worked well. My current e-13 lost more finish in 20 km, than my SRAM in 1,000 km.
  • 13 0
 Garbaruk also make an 11-45 10-speed cassette that costs ~$200 dollars less than an XX1 Eagle cassette and saves you ~100gr of unsprung weight.

For some of us, that could be a more relevant option than these heavy, expensive 12-speed cassettes.

Just sayin...
  • 1 1
 What spacing does it have? 12 or 10 speed?
  • 2 0
 @southoftheborder: 10-speed.
  • 18 1
 But this one goes to twelve.
  • 4 0
 damn, just checked their website, those things are nice! at 272gr. weigth is the same as 11-36 10spd xtr
  • 4 0
 I have the Sunrace MX3 - 10sp, 11-46T, 436g, $60 USD. Works great with an 11spd XT RD-M8000 derailleur & 10spd XT shifter. Granted the Garbaruk is only 270g. But it's also close to $194 USD. Which is how much my entire drivetrain cost.
  • 1 0
 So cassette for 200, Deore M6000 for 50usd and youve got yourself a really lightweight and "cheap" working groupset which isnt that fiddely to set up.

And youre still way cheaper than light 11/12speed cassettes


How do they usually hold up?
  • 1 0
 @iduckett: I have been reading about Garbaruk for a long time now, and when compared to Sunrace it seems the latter shifts better, even for the 10-speed stuff. It's a win-win in my book.

* Full disclosure, I'm running a 11 speed 11-46 Sunrace cassette. It replaced a Shimano XT 11sp one which had horrendous lower gear spacing.
  • 2 0
 @southoftheborder: Agreed - 100%. Sunrace shifts great for me even under partial load with a working man's KMC x10 chain. I can back spin on the 46T probably 3 or 4 full revolutions before it comes off, and that's with a mediocre chainline on my Process (10speed helps too). I have no doubt you've experienced the same!
  • 1 0
 @iduckett: I has terrible luck with an 8 speed sunrace 11-40 cassette. I wore out the 11-18 cogs in a couple hundred miles. I forgot to put a new chain on when I installed the cassette. So probably my fault but ended up going with a shimano 11-34 to play it safe.
  • 11 0
 Guys! Lighter weight and cheaper alternatives to SRAM cassettes? We neeeed this field to become competitive! Since cassettes are a wear item, and we are inevitably replacing them, more competition = lower weights at a better price. Win win win win. Not sure Im on board with the alternatives yet, but I’m stoked to see some competition in this arena. I’d love to add a second wheelset... but the spend on a second cassette is holding me back. NX/GX just weigh down a lightweight trailbike... and X01 (which I run on the primary wheelset) is $400! The damn cassettes are nearly as expensive as the wheelset! Im also seconding the opinion that 9/10 speed would be more attractive than 12 to me... eliminating constant double shifts and driving the price down would be more important goals to me.
  • 3 0
 Especially in the US, where SRAM is able to enforce MAP and keep prices high, we need more competition in the space on pricing.
  • 6 0
 Cut out jockey wheels are great until you hit mud or mud mixed with grass - at that point they struggle to pas chain. There’s a reason why you don’t seem them on CX bikes.
  • 1 0
 Also, the SRAM lower jockey wheel has a flange to stop the chain going between the cage and the jockey wheel. These do not. Anyone who had the first generation Eagle knows what I'm talking about. Dealbreaker!
  • 6 0
 If the 12 speed is so light with only the 50t being alloy, why can't we get an 11 speed all steel cassette that's under 400 grams?
  • 2 0
 You can, xg-1150 is 395g. But how about one under 320g though?
  • 2 0
 @skylerd: Didn't realize it was all steel. I thought the largest was Aluminum.

Ok, now I want a 10-46 (or 9-46) all steel for under 400 grams!
  • 5 0
 After messing with aftermarket cassettes in the past, I've reached the conclusion that SRAM/ Shimano is the ONLY way to go.
Your experience may vary.
  • 2 0
 This brand makes the ideal solution for those (like me) who have a pre-Eagle SRAM group and want change da 11s 10-42 to a bigger (50 tooth) while maintaining the same hub XD body and 10 cogt. Of course you have to buy the derailleur cage. I've raced xc with this combination oval chainring+k7 and never had any trouble so far
  • 2 0
 Ive been running a Garbaruk cassette for a year now and its really nice but....if you are someone who cant stand a jingle on your bike BEWARE! The cover that's between the largest and smallest cogs jingles around on the freehub body.I am one of those people who couldn't stand a single creek or rattle on my bike,owning a Garbaruk cassette has taught me to just deal with the sound.Other than the rattle, this thing has been working great at whatever ive done with it.
Mine was only $250 shipped
  • 1 0
 Can't get a dab of RTV in there to quiet it down?

I too suffer from hate random bike noises syndrome.
  • 1 0
 @maxyedor: Ive made myself grow to not mind it.As long as the rest of my bike is quiet im happy
  • 4 2
 I'm running AXS now and love it. I so wish the race for more gears would go the other direction. Box is on to something with the Prime 9. Hopefully others will follow but I doubt it. I would love a 9-50 10 speed cassette and matching mech in AXS. Then I wouldn't have to double shift ALL THE TIME, not to mention the weight savings.

The saying goes, Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week. I may soon join the small group of people who are looking at heavy, drag inducing, grip shifting gearbox bikes to avoid these blasted rear derailleurs.

I'm speaking of real entrepreneurs, not the self-claimed social media entrepreneurs that don't actually work or those that are involved with network marketing/MLM/pyramid schemes
  • 9 0
 I resent your pyramid scheme remark. Would you like to come over with a few of your friends? I have a great opportunity to get you in on the ground level... : )
  • 2 0
 @garrettstories: Only if there is a rented Ferrari outside
  • 2 0
 So what did Garbaruk do to get around what I had assumed to be a pretty iron-clad SRAM patent on this particular technique for manufacturing a cassette? The one-piece CNC dome with aluminum granny tacked on the end of it that SRAM has been doing for high end cassettes for the last decade is so simple, beautiful, light, and elegant compared to what Shimano has been doing, so I assumed SRAM had a total lock on it.

SRAM: We machine a solid piece of steel for your cassette into a beautiful dome inspired by the shape of the Sistine Chapel
Shimano XTR: We take four different materials and slap them all on a spider, the end result of which is heavier
  • 1 0
 In terms of manufacturing, I would argue that the SRAM x-dome design is very complicated and wasteful. They turn a large, expensive block of steel into a complex shape using a multi axis CNC mill. Most of it disappears as chips and needs to get recycled. Steel cannot be machined quickly... Shimano's design is way, way simpler from an engineering perspective. That said, the finished product on the SRAM cassette is a thing of beauty.
  • 1 0
 I'm curious how the SunRace 12 speed cassettes compare. I had a SunRace 11 speed cassettes that shifted well with both SRAM and Shimano setups. I see that they now have 12 speed cassettes for both old splined and XD driver freehubs. A lot cheaper than Garbaruk, E13, or high end SRAM (albeit heavier).
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I'd love to see a review of one. Either way I'll probably be buying one once my 11-42 eleven speed finally wears out. My understanding is they shift fine, but are really heavy (apparently 572g for the cheap 11-50).

Here's a nice chart of weights, ranges, and compatibility for pretty much every cassette out there for anyone curious to do some comparisons:

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16C3Rz6qmzmurSNd-L3IeMSFukkBFV6D1DRbfS59EDrE
  • 1 0
 Shifting is pretty good once dialled. On par with GX when pedalling forward. There seems to be burrs or inconsistencies in the ramping or teeth, however, that is noticed when back-pedalling. When back-pedalling, the chain consistently falls off the top 3 gears, but not regularly. So at all those times you need to do a little back-pedal to reposition, you never quite know if you're going to be dropping a chain or not. Played with chain-line, different offsets, etc and no 100% resolution. Put on a Shimano cassette, problem gone.
  • 1 0
 I run the 10speed garbaruk cassette 11-45 and my only qualm is the inside spacer sometimes rattles around. It is nice though using a beefier chain, shorter Cafe derralier and shorter chain. Not to mention removing a third of a pound of unsprung mass from the back of the bike compared to xx1
  • 1 0
 I think RC’s review is exactly how I see things with Garbaruk.

I have an 10/48 11 speed cassette of theirs. It shifts almost as well as the big 2 but I liked the extra gear range.

Where they shine is the chainrings. Especially if you want to use an MTB crank on a gravel bike. They have a large range of options for unique needs. More than most boutique companies.

I know the pulleys are expensive but see what the stock replacements cost. It’s not that much of an up charge. Also in my riding region the chain crud is a major issue. That alone is worth the extra money.
  • 1 0
 Cool...but any good reports and reviews? Also, I'm not so hot of 9-50T range. I rarely spin out on 10T already. Rather just see a direct match for 10-50T.
  • 1 0
 With new XT and SLX 12sp - we need more 3rd party value options for SRAM XD 12-sp. GX Eagle cassette is still a lot more than XT. Yes there is NX and SX Eagle boat anchors - but there can be better options to fill the GX price gap and jump. I'm seriously considering switching over to XT 12 sp drivetrain - because even with the Microspline conversion, I will around the same price as GX Eagle.
  • 2 0
 I've been running the 11speed 10-48t version. Which replaced a gx eagle cassette. Lighter, cheaper and stays in adjustment better than 12 speed. For me I don't think I'd ever go back to sram 12 speed.
  • 3 0
 $300 cassette, NO THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 I’ve been running one of these on my XC bike. They actually shift nice and the finish is petty good. They are touchy when setting them up but once they are dialed in they are pretty solid. I’ll be a repeat customer.
  • 1 0
 As an extremely value oriented rider.....I still somehow have a bizarre draw to the products Garbaruk makes. They all look so nice and I have never heard a complaint about how they operate.
  • 2 0
 This is nice, but how about a 12 speed 10-32 for bikepark days on the trail bike?
  • 1 0
 Would you really need twelve speed for that or is it because you really want a 10sp sprocket? If it is about the latter you could maybe just leave out some of the bigger sprockets and spacer them out with rings from a singlespeed kit.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Well I run different wheels for park days and a low range 12sp would just be an easy swap. Putting a 10 or 7sp on would need a different chain, mech, shifter etc..
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 @LaurensVR: Ah, I get it. So you want the wide range 12 speed for trail riding and want a smaller cassette on another wheel for park. Except from saving weight though, would the small range cassette give you any advantage over another wide range cassette? The advantage I usually see in running a smaller cassette is being able to run a shorter cage and run the guide pulley closer to the cassette. But you're probably not going to change or adjust anything on your mech, will you? (Nor open the chain and swap the complete mech.)

I get what you're looking for but I suspect chances are slim that you're going to get that wide range in twelve speed. Nine speed was already available in 11-34, so getting a similar range with a larger number of sprockets would be a hard sell. Maybe someday they'll do the smaller DH cassette with DH spacing. Otherwise do as the enduro people do and just stick with the big (and maybe cheap) cassette even if you primarily ride downhill. Or maybe singlespeed would be sufficient?
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 One will just have to wait for road 12-speed. That should bring along a 10-36 option.
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 @jaame: Campagnolo released a 12 speed drivetrain about a year ago but I think it uses 10spd driver and is available in 11-29 or 11-32.
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 @vid1998: Good idea of considering road stuff. Doesn't Campa use a very specific cassette interface that may not be found on mountainbike hubs? Maybe a company like Superstarcomponents would be willing to put something like that together upon request. After all they do make both MTB and road hubs and I don't expect them to bother with very different hubshell-freewheel interfaces between their homemade hubs.

Otherwise I can imagine CX may at some point offer what he needs. There is an advantage for them to use 1x drivetrains and not run very big chainrings (in order to clear logs and other obstacles) so there is good reason for them to work with a 10t sprocket on a 12sp cassette.
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 @vinay: Uu, forgot about their driver. You could maybe run it with DT Swiss 180 hubs as they are/should have the same internals as the road variant (don't know it tho) and for them campa driver exists. Then there is also sram road xd driver that allows some sort of 11 or 12 spd 10t cassette to mount, I've seen some cx bikes having a 10-42 but not anything smaller with a 10t.
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 @jaame: like the SRAM 10-33 that has been out since February? Only issue is that XD-R freehub is required instead of normal XD. You can run Eagle (and 11s XD) cassettes on an XD-R freehub though. Just need a small spacer.
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 @mobaar: There you go @LaurensVR
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 While these are beautiful, I'll mention that RaceFace (and others) also does colored chainrings
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 Almost everyone does coloured rings being fair - Raceface, Superstar, Works Comp, Blackspire... list goes on.
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 Does this work with Shimano 12 speed or are there cassettes different spacing to sram
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 I have seen a few Shimano 12sp gruppos with SRAM Eagle cassettes due to poor availability of Microspline hubs. They seemed to work fine.
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 If these work perfectly with Sram it's unlikely they'll work perfectly with Shimano 12 speed. I have a Shimano XTR M9100 shifter and mech with a Sram GX X1275 cassette - with shifting set up perfectly in 7th gear, and the top and bottom of the cassette the shifting is ever so slightly out, it's noisy and can take two shifts to shift down or a long press of the shifter to shift up. I'll be upgrading to a Shimano cassette when this wears out.
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 12-speed spacing is exactly the same regardless of cassette brand so yes, it will work. Given the much more significant difference between SRAM and Shimano chains now however, you may have to mess around with chains to get perfect shifting. Or maybe it will work perfectly on the first try. Too new to say.
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 @lukeb:
I ran that same setup for 6 months and it worked flawlessly. Not trying to troll you, just trying to offer another datapoint.
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 i like the 10-48 range a lot more than 10-50, for me thats the reason why i want one
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 "48-tooth range for strong riders". Haha I must be hella strong since I get by fine with an old 10-42x30 Razz
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 Can they make a narrow wide ring without infringing someones patent?
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 whos exactly?
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 Have you missed the probably 100's of brands all making narrow wide rings?
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 @justanotherusername: has anyone started doing the X-sync2 profile too? I've only seen the old standard NW chainrings from 3rd parties.
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 @f00bar: From what I have seen the x-sync 2 profile serves only to reduce noise / potentially increase chain life, other that than, there is certainly no benefit to chain retention etc.

I have seen an x-sync 2 ring that had been through a summer and it was ruined, in contrast 'standard' design rings are still useable, albeit a bit more noisy and dont clear mud as well.

I think the profiles from Wolf tooth and absolute black seem the best to me, they have accounted for the wear of teeth while retaining a profile that will last a good length of time.
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 @justanotherusername: mine holds well, and then there's the NX steel X-sync2 chainring that will be indestructible

...and it's like $15 too
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 @f00bar: Yea they work fine,sure - no issues in use as you would expect from something that has obviously had a large amount of thought put into it but from my perspective and experience of a few rings I have seen they dont seem to improve on chain retention over other rings and dont last all that well - I wouldnt pay the extra for a replacement when the time comes and would go for an aftermarket supplier.

The steel rings a bit of a tank thogh, and mostly available in smaller sizes, ill pass on that.
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 @justanotherusername: well, 32t is pretty much ideal for my 10-50t Eagle cassette (but they also make a 34t version), and I don't mind the couple of grams extra if it lasts 4 times longer than a standard alloy chainring
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 @f00bar: Fair point - didnt realise they made 32 and 34t direct mount rings in steel, they are very cheap too.
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 Garbaruk...sounds like a name for the illegitimate son of Goldorak
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 'Oo very blingy jockey wheels, I like'

'$69'

'Nvm'
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 Retail on XX1 pulley wheels is more IIRC.
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 I had to buy new jockey wheels for my X01 DH 7 speed and didn't get any change outta $60CAD, had these been available at the time I'd probably have stretched the extra. Granted I had to pay Whistler tax so these are possibly available cheaper.
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 I’m still waiting for the carbon fiber edition.
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 Lol agree, Id rather buy a China made cassette and pulley gears. Lol waste of money for this.
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 Richard: Are the largest two cogs narrow/wide profile, like SRAM?
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 All bling cha ching
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 The 90's are back!
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 Very expensive for what it is.
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