SRAM X7 shifters review£54.00

Comparable in price, if not performance-wise, with Shimano XT

BikeRadar score4/5

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.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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