In hierarchy terms, SRAM’s X7 lines up against LX, but pricewise it’s mano a mano with XT, which is a much tougher adversary. If you like a ﬁrm, obvious no-nonsense shift that’s easily felt even when the bike is bouncing all over the place it’s worth a look though.
The fact it still carries on clunking from cog to cog even if your cables are in a right state is another reason why SRAM’s mid-ranger has many die-hard fans.
It’s deﬁnitely slower per shift than XT though, with single-direction plastic triggers having a longer, softer-feeling throw than their Shimano competition, even if the eventual click is more obvious. The fact that X5 is almost identical in feel for £13 less knocks its value rating too.