SRAM X.0 Twister shifters review£63.98

The ultralight racer’s no-brainer

BikeRadar score4.5/5

While the triggers are double the price, X.0 twisters cost only £10 more than the X9 counterpart, making them the ultralight racer’s no-brainer.

At less than 200g, these and the X9 are the lightest shifters available. They also change more gears, faster, in either direction than any other shift system. They’re intuitive and you can micro-adjust the front mech to stop chain grind in any gear.

We’ve had this set for years and they still work fine. They’re OK with filthy cables and these have super grippy grip sections – perfect for all-weather/winter glove work. They can mis-shift if you like to twist your whole grip to control the bike, but we don’t do that any more with these than we do with triggers.

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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