SRAM X9 Trigger shifters review£96.00

Questionable value at this price

BikeRadar score4/5

Like XT, X9 marks a real leap in shifting quality for SRAM triggers but, at the same price as XTR, it’s not great value. Actual performance is impressive, with Zero Loss Travel internals for minimal trigger movement before each shift. 

A cam in the front shifter means the same lever throw between chainring changes, rather than the usual lopsided lurch. A plastic top cap allows easy cleaning and the clamp’s two mount holes provide pod position options. It handles filthy cables better than Shimano too.

You can only release one gear at a time from the single direction front trigger and it’s not as crisp as XTR or X.0. It doesn’t quite fit flush with all brakes either, although Avid and Formula do brake and pod combo clamp upgrades.

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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