SRAM X9 10-speed shifter review

Slimmed-down and upgraded shifter

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£90.00 RRP
SRAM X9 10-speed shifter

Our review

Small improvements make the new X9 shifter even better than before and well worth considering
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The latest X9 trigger shifter is smaller and lighter than the old version, and gets treated to the ZeroLoss technology and ball bearings found on SRAM’s top-end X0 and XX shifters. But is this enough to warrant an upgrade?

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We’ve been hammering the X9 shifter for nearly six months now and it hasn’t missed a beat. The ZeroLoss feature means there’s no dead movement at the start of the lever stroke when you go for a downshift. This feels surprisingly apparent in practice and makes for precise, tight, resistance-free shifting. Upshifts have the same precise, positive clunk that we’re fond of on the pricier X0 shifters.

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Because the levers now pivot on bearings rather than bushes, the shifter should last a whole lot longer without developing any play or sloppiness. The rubber flap for cable changing is gone, with the whole shifter cover needing to be removed for a cable change using a 3mm Allen key. This helps keep dirt out – we’ve done three cable changes and our test shifter has always been super-clean inside, even after some seriously wet winter rides.

Product Specifications

Product

Name X9 10-speed shifter (14)
Brand SRAM

Description Prices listed are per pair
Manufacturer's Description Weight 232g per pair
Compatibility SRAM Exact Actuation® Rear Derailleurs, SRAM Double(2x), Triple Front Derailleurs