SRAM X9 shifter review

The X9’s trigger gives a lightweight and rapid throttle shift, but slippery grips let them down

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £96.00 RRP | USD $33.74
SRAM X9 shifter

Our review

Light, crashproof, intuitive and super reliable, but the grips are slippery
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The X9’s trigger gives a lightweight and rapid throttle shift, but slippery grips let them down. SRAM were founded on grip shifters 20 years ago and they’ve been refining the idea ever since.

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Twisting the inner grip portion to wind the cable and rip the gears back and forth across the cogs is fast and intuitive. With very few working parts and only one protruding bit they’re reliable, crashproof and knee-friendly. 

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If you tend to roll your grips to get your front wheel up or control attitude when jumping, there is a risk of mis-shifting, but they’re great for XC. The only trouble with the X9 twisters is that the grip is slippery when muddy and the grippier, more gorgeous X.0 is only £8 more expensive.

Product Specifications

Product

Name X.9 Trigger Shifters
Brand SRAM

Compatibility SRAM 1:1 rear derailleurs
Weight (g) 240
Material Alloy
No of Gear Speeds 9
Cassette Compatibility SRAM and Shimano