SRAM Introduces New Trigger Shifters, X7 Type 2 Rear Derailleur
Introducing the newest trigger shifters from SRAM: X0, X9, and X7. Not quite the X0 version of XX1 we’ve been waiting for, but SRAM’s new 10 speed shifters along with the new X7 Type 2 derailleur are still welcome additions to the line up. The new triggers take a serious leap in performance with a new design that brings back SRAM’s Zero Loss shifting from the 9 speed trigger era (also found on road groups). The shifter all claim to include German engineered XX internals cranking the quality up a notch, all the way down to X7.
Shift past the break for more on the shifters and to check out the new clutched X7 Type 2 Derailleur!
To improve ease of shifting, ball bearing mechanisms are found on the X0 and X9 models, with a smaller overall design found on all three. At the top, X0 will be offered in multiple colors with a carbon shell along with an adjustable pull lever while X7 and X9 remain static. All of the shifters are MMX compatible and the X7 shifter only receives a quick cable change port. Available in May, X7, X9, and X0 triggers will retail for $70, $123, $262 respectively, and all shifter will include bar clamps even though they are not pictured.
Possibly the biggest news out of this release is the introduction of a 10 speed Type 2 derailleur at the X7 level. Riding a clutched derailleur is a ride changing experience offering quiet, better chain retention, and less damage to the frame from chain slap, so providing that technology at a lower price point is always as good thing. Just like X0 and X9 before it, the X7 featuers X-Glide shifting, with a roller bearing clutch and the Cage Lock mechanism that makes it easier to remove the wheel. The derailleur weighs a claimed 293g and is compatible with cassettes up to 36t. Three cage lengths will be available as well (short, medium, long), which is good news for anyone who goes through derailleurs on gravity bikes – now it won’t be quite so painful the next time you smash your derailleur on that rock. Combine it with the new X7 shifters and you’ll have a great set up for a bargain.
X7 Type 2 derailleurs will retail for $89 and will be available by the end of May.