SRAM X7 transmission review

Mid-range mechs and shifters

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £247.00 RRP
SRAM X7 transmission

Our review

This is an adequate performer, but it seems to have lost its way in the mid-range market
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X7 is SRAM’s mid-range group, bridging the gap between the budget X5 and higher-end kit. As such, it contains elements of both.

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The X7 shifters have been restyled for 2010, with a more rounded shape similar to the X9 and X0 units. They’re also compatible with SRAM’s Matchmaker clamp and now feature an easy-access top cable change port.

The gear display on the 2009 shifters (shown above) has gone, though. Weight and function remain unchanged.

What X7 lacks, however, is the slack-free Zero Loss Travel or even-effort 2-Step front shifting that X0 and X9 benefit from.

The PG-970 cassette is also a fairly heavy, all-steel unit. While alloy spiders have been the preserve of the high end, Shimano’s rival SLX group manages to include a lighter, semi-spidered construction.

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X7 is a reasonable performer, but Shimano’s SLX puts forward a better case for itself at the mid-range price point.

Product Specifications

Product

Name X7 transmission (10)
Brand SRAM

Features Prices: Rear mech £55, front mech £41, trigger shifters £67, twist shifters £68, cassette £57, chain £27.............Weights: System weight 1304g, rear mech 235g, front mech 180g, trigger 261g, twist shifters 195g, cassette 330g, chain 298g............. Options: Rear mech: long or medium cage; front mech: high or low mount; shifters: trigger or twister; cassette: 11-32, 11-34