First impressions of the latest SRAM X9 kit weren’t the best – with a slightly bent rear mech cage and rattly shift levers, expectations were somewhat muted. The double chainset in this 39/26-tooth ﬂavour is worthy of being in the SRAM upper echelons, though.
With its sleek looks, light weight and decent stiffness, it performs well – as does the cassette, which echoes the looks of the pricier X0 with its cutouts and drillings, though the soon to be released 11-36T version will be welcome. The shifters keep the clean looks, but the feel was atypical of SRAM, with shifts into larger cogs feeling less crisp and more stodgy than its rivals.
Changing to smaller sprockets felt better with that trademark ‘snap’, though the levers could take a bit of effort to shift. Shifting under power was impressive, a bonus as you do tend to work the X Glide twin rings more than a triple setup.
|Name||X9 transmission (11)|
|Description||*Prices: Rear mech £100, front mech £55, shifters £116, chainset £285 (39/26), cassette £75 (12-36), chain £50 *Weights: Rear mech 212g, front mech 131g, shifters 250g, chainset 852g, cassette 357g, chain 257g *Options: Rear mech: short, medium, long cage, front mech: high/low clamp, direct mount 2/3 speed, shifters: 2/3 speed, chainset: 26-39, 28-42, 22-33-44, PF30, BB30, GXP, GXP PF, cassette: 11-32, 12-36T|