News: SRAM Updates 10-speed Drivetrain

X0, X9 and X7 shifters get XX internals. X7 rear derailleur gets clutch.


By Vernon Felton

SRAM recently announced that the bulk of its 10-speed shifter line (X0, X9 and X7) will now be outfitted with the same internals as the premier XX shifters.

Zero Loss shifting (SRAM’s way of saying that there’s no discernible lag between initiating a shift and it happening) returns in the updated shifters, and all three shifters shrink slightly, which should help ease congestion on handlebars now that everyone seems to be running dropper posts, fork lock outs and their DVR within a few inches of their grips.

The shifters are shipping now, so you can expect to see them in shops shortly.

The new X0 shifter ($262) features all the goods: ball-bearing pull lever, adjustable pull lever and three different colors to choose from.

X9 shifters ($123) are equipped with the ball-bearing pull lever.

Sorry, no ball-bearing mech inside the X7 shifter, but the most affordable option ($70) does get a quick cable change port.

CLUTCH DERAILLEUR FOR THE MASSES
If you run SRAM clicky bits, but have been lamenting the price of a Type 2 rear derailleur, you’ll be pleased to know that SRAM is bringing its roller-bearing clutch-mechanism and Cage Lock feature down to the X7 ($89) level.

With the new X7 rear derailleur, SRAM brings its clutch-mechanism down to the $89 price point. Nice. This means less chain slap and easier rear wheel removal, though if you've been struggling to remove your rear wheel, you've probably got bigger problems to contend with.

The new X7 rear derailleurs are shipping now and, as with all Type 2 derailleurs, they’ll fit on your existing bike with no modifications and will reduce that annoying chain slap on chunky downhills. The X7 version weighs 293 grams, has a 36-tooth maximum capacity and is available in short, medium and long-cage versions.

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