Wireless electronic shifting for all mountain bike 1x drivetrains. Yes, even yours

Bolt on wireless shifting from Archer Components' D1x

While roaming the aisles at Sea Otter, I passed by an unassuming tent with a single mountain bike on a trainer and the words Archer Components on the canopy. Dismissing it as another seller of imported carbon goods I skipped it twice, then something caught my eye; it was a tiny, red-buttoned shifter tucked under a standard SRAM Level lever.

It attaches under the driveside chainstay — attachment is currently with Velcro but may change by final production
It attaches under the driveside chainstay — attachment is currently with Velcro but may change by final production

Archer Components D1x features

  • Works with Shimano and SRAM
  • Smartphone app to pick gearing speeds and shift points
  • 125g claimed weight
  • Interchangeable Li-ion battery
  • 1,000s of shifts per charge (dependent on rear derailleur)
  • Fast and smooth shifting — claimed 50% faster than mechanical
  • 100% repeatable shift points means you're in gear every time
  • US production

Adaptable for all rear derailleurs

The Direct 1 by (D1x) system is entirely programmable for any rear derailleur, meaning it will work with any speed drivetrain as well as any brand. To achieve this flexibility, the D1x is tuned through an app from your smartphone. 

A single charge is reported to deliver 1,000s of shifts — the exact number wasn't trail verified and is hugely dependent on the rear derailleur's spring tension (clutch derailleurs have a much higher spring rate).

Archer Components D1x brings wireless electric shifting to all mountain bikes
Archer Components D1x brings wireless electric shifting to all mountain bikes

The D1x looks to be a pretty simple system to install. A small rectangle box attaches, with two Velcro straps, under the driveside chainstay and a standard shift cable and housing protrude out the back to the rear derailleur. 

The shifter body and buttons, and the function to micro-adjust the cable tension out on a ride should the derailleur hanger get bent or damaged, are still being finalized.

It's a light set up with a claimed weight of 125g for both the shifter and control box. For comparison, an 11-speed XX1 trigger with cable tips the scales around 110g and XX1 Eagle with cable comes in at 124g. Add housing to those numbers and it's likely the analog bits weigh more. 

The D1x isn't the first of its kind with XShifter and Microshift's eXCD systems popping up in 2016.

Archer Components D1x price and availability

Want to ditch the cables and associated clutter on your single ring mountain bike? Estimated pricing is $350. No UK or Australian pricing was available.

Archer Components is aiming for delivery July 2017.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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