2007 SRAM X-9 Rear Mech review

The 2007 X-9 gear system looks a lot like the amazing 2006 X.0 set and it's very nearly as fantastic. Gone is the simple looking rear mech - and hopefully the play that developed fairly quickly with it.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£64.99 RRP
2007 SRAM X-9 Rear Mech

Our review

Our initial impression of the 07 X-9 kit is fantastic - we love it!
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The 2007 X-9 gear system looks a lot like the amazing 2006 X.0 set and it’s very nearly as fantastic. Gone is the simple looking rear mech – and hopefully the play that developed fairly quickly with it – and in is the X.0 style parallelogram rear mech with its trick, milled-out, futuristic look. The spring is also as strong as the X.0 version. The jockey cage is aluminium, though, so if you want a carbon fibre cage, you’ll still have to go X.0.

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The shifters also look just like X.0 models, but lack their adjustable throw, mounting options and carbon fibre ‘lids’. Shifting quality is up to X.0 standard, though; the same positive clunk-click that made X.0 instantly popular is here on the new X-9. No more slightly vague shifting from over-polite levers, just snappy shifting that’ll feel as clean when clogged with muck as the day you fitted the components.

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We’ve only done a few miles using 2007 X-9 kit so far, but we’re impressed. If the mech is as strong as the X.0 version and doesn’t develop the dreaded wobble of the current X-9 unit, SRAM are on to a major winner here. The new X-9 system will be available around September.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 2007 X-9 Rear Mech
Brand SRAM

Weight (g) 230
Features 1:1 actuataion ratio. Not compatible with Shimano shifters
Material Aluminium Composite
Rear Derailleur Brand SRAM
Rear Derailleur Model SRAM X-9
Chain Speed Compatibility 8 9
Min Sprocket Size 11