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SRAM 2002 9.0 Shorty Shifter

4.92/5 (12 Reviews)
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Product Description

  • ESP 1:1 Actuation Ratio technology: light, precise shifting
  • SRAM patented "SRS" technology: speed release spool detent shifting, enhanced mechanical feel, light precision indexing
  • 8- and 9-speed
  • Shorty" grip length:" 50mm standard length grip cover, ergonomic hex profile shifting cover
  • Quick view mechanical gear indicator
  • Tethered "Never Lose" cable replacement port: easy cable change
  • Detailed specifications: 8- and 9-speed ESP compatible, stainless steel 1.1mm cable, Grilon® composite construction, Index and Micro-adjust front shifter options


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Bob Fairlane a Cross Country Rider from Dallas TX

    Date Reviewed: May 11, 2011

    Strengths:    Looks good, durable, works with Sram 1:1 derailleur and about any Shimano type front derailleur

    Weaknesses:    I don't like them when they get sweaty, I lose my grip sometimes. I don't like the shape of the twist shifters. They are annoying to use unless you have long bars so you can use full length grips next to the shifter knobs.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you are a die-hard SRAM twister fan, buy these. If not, get some Sunrace or Shimano trigger shifters and a shimano compatible rear derailleur.

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    Favorite Trail:   LB Houston

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria or Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM lower tier products, Shimano trigger shifters, Shimano Revo shifter

    Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Comp with v-brakes, Sram 9.0 rear derailleur and shifters, coil-and-oil front shock, semi slicks.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Derek Egunam a Weekend Warrior from Woodland Beach, Ontario,Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004

    Strengths:    Good Shifting, nice look, easy to get on and off

    Weaknesses:    cleaning becomes tiring after muddy rides. And When youre in highest gears it takes a few seconds to change

    Bottom Line:   
    Great shifters, the best i've ever tried and looks great and if you dirt jump make sure your chain is tight just incase the chain skips on you. Great for jumping and North SHore!

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    Favorite Trail:   Stuff I Make...

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Wasaga Sporting Goods

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Acera, Shimano Alivio, Shimano SIS

    Bike Setup:   Diamondback Photon, Psylo Xc U-Turn Fork, Truvativ Hussefelt, Kenda Kinetic Dh front, Kenda Kinetic rear, Sram 7.0 ESp derailleur

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by BRUNO a Cross Country Rider from Chicago, Il.

    Date Reviewed: February 5, 2003

    Strengths:    Simple and sensible. Ergonomically superior to (Shimano)thumbshifters, i.e., a clean, uncluttered sweep across the handlebar, no jagged pods hanging down. Gripshift twisting action just plain makes sense, while being precise and fast. I have had NO accidental mis-shifts. One easy twist will get you across any number of gears from 1st all the way to 9th, if you need. Lightweight. Excellent tactility.

    Weaknesses:    Hey, SRAM, why aren't these wonderful shifters spec'd on more highend bikes? They are certainly worthy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Terrific! It's not that Shimano doesn't make good components. But, the SRAM operation is faster, quieter, more amenable to the natural movements of the hand. Most important to me is that I can instantly change across a band of 1 to 9 gears with one twist. You can't do that with Shimano. Highly recommended.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Bikeworld.com

    Similar Products Used:   Everything Shimano (but not now that I've ridden the clearly better Sram), and old Suntour.

    Bike Setup:   Marin Eldridge Grade. Columbus Steel Frame. 9.0 shorty shifters, 9.0SL rear derailleur, 9.0 PowerGlide II cassette, Sram PC99 Chain, Avid Brake Levers, Cane Creek Thudbuster(great product) for my back, IRD Carbon handlebar.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by E R from LosAngeles

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Crisp, precise shifting, durable, trouble free.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    These are great shifters. They simply work, trouble free.


    My only wish would be a narrower profile with a smaller gear window to get another 1/4" of handlebar space back.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Jenson

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM Centerra half pipes.


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Blacksburg, VA

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

    Strengths:    lightweight, unobtrusive grip means no accidental shifts, durable, quick and precise shifting.

    Weaknesses:    none to think of...

    Bottom Line:   
    When it came time to build my bike I was a little hesitant to try the gripshift over the proven rapid-fires. I went out on a limb with Sram and I absolutely have not regretted it. I enjoy not having to move my fingers around to shift gears. One thing I was afraid would happen was accidentally shifting (which is why I got the shorty shifters). I can only think of one occasion when I accidentally shifted so I am definitely impressed with the quality of these shifters. One caveat: I have heard the Sram half pipes have a greater tendency to shift themselves.
    Are these better than Shimano? I think they are on par with XT level rapid-fires but shift more quickly and weigh less. You make the decision.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   jensonusa.com


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter McCann from Houston, TX

    Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

    Strengths:    Durabilty, performance, customer service, weight

    Weaknesses:    none here

    Bottom Line:   
    Ben using gripshift since '94 and have NEVER had to replace due to failure. I have never done any maintenance. Fast, precise shifts, hand stays wrapped around bar where it should be, easy cable replacement. These have survived many collisions with trees (don't overtighten), as well as constant neglect. Fewer parts =fewer problems. I prefer the shortys over the halfpipes for positive feel and rough terrain. I'm not sure but I think last time I checked they were 3oz. (1/4lb.) lighter than Shimano. Some test rider in a bike mag complained that he couldn't shift while braking-what a MORON!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   thumb shifters

    Bike Setup:   Custom Ellsworth

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve Eckardt a Racer from Markle, IN USA

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Almost as light as Shimano - simple to use - simple design - you can grab a handful of gears in a hurry with one twist of your wrist

    Weaknesses:    None that I have found yet

    Bottom Line:   
    So far so good. These shifters are easy to mount and the gear indicators are actually readable. I like the twisting action. Provided nothing major breaks on these - my Shimano days are over.

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    Favorite Trail:   Winona Lake

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $49.00

    Purchased At:   Summit City Bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX

    Bike Setup:   Giant Alum hardtail-Manitou fork-SRAM 9.0 drivetrain-Sun RPM lite wheels

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by STP a Racer from Palmdale CA

    Date Reviewed: February 28, 2002

    Strengths:    Light precise action. Easy to rip a shift in either direction.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    One click, one gear. Those who claim that downshifting without pedalling using the Rapid-Fires are only missing out on getting the exact gear at the exact time. The ability to crest a hill and grab five gears in half a second is way superior to pushing the little shift button five times. Secondly, you keep your strongest digit, your thumb wrapped around the bar at all times, which means better control of your bike. Going up hills with velocity, you can downshift precisely at the max power effort you're putting out. Clean, precise shifting without a thought.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ave P land

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $54.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay (new)

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM Rocket, 8.0, 7.0

    Bike Setup:   K2 Razorback, 8 Spd, SRAM 9.0 Shifter and 9.0 SL Derrailuer

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from NY

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2002

    Strengths:    Shifts smoothly and precisly, need no maintence. cheaper than shimano stuff of the "same quality"

    Weaknesses:    hard to shift when wet if you don't remember your gloves.


    Bottom Line:   
    This shifters are excellent, I had a pair of LX rapid fire before and altough they were basically precise, the levers gradually became hard and harder to push. I upgraded to sram stuff when i obliterated my rear deriallur and i have to say they are much better. Buy them. Just don't forget your gloves if its raining real hard and muddy, if your racing, twisting the shifter when its slick is more challenging than it needs to be in a race. but if you wear gloves this doesn't happen. oh and they shifters need way less care than any shimano stuff i've seen.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   CK Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   XTR and LX Rapid fire, cheap grip shift

    Bike Setup:   old bike: Kona Caldera, 9.0 shifters and 9.0sl rear, xt front deraillur. Other good XC componentes. New Bike: Vicious Cycles Metal Guru, same drive train, also good xc componetns.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rick X a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

    Date Reviewed: January 1, 2002

    Strengths:    Flawless shifting under all conditions.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Just after I finished building my dream XC bike with full XTR components I had a bad crash and tore 2 of my ligaments in my right thumb. I couldn't put any downward pressure on my thumb and I had no alternative but to switch to SRAM grip shift in order to do any riding at all, as I didn't have any trouble using twist shifters.

    I chose the 9.0 shorty shifters over the Half-pipes and use a 9.0 SL rear derailleur. If you are riding any technical trails you won't regret using the shorty's as they are just as easy to use and the shorter length helps avoid unintentional shifts.

    After having just come from the XTR front & rear thumb shifters I noticed that the SRAM's were much smoother shifting right from the start. The short time I used the XTR's I found them to be finicky, noisy and in need of constant adjustment. If you tried to shift with tension on the chain you were asking for trouble. Also the XTR didn't work as well when loaded down with mud. I was pretty disappointed because I had been using XT for years without any problems and thought that XTR would offer superior performance. XT works much better under adverse conditions especially in mud.

    In short the SRAM works smoothly, predictably and quietly under all conditions. I haven't had a single shifting problem even when everything is caked with mud. The SRAM's inspire confidence when riding on difficult single-track sections. If the 9.0 SL shorty shifters had been available when I switched I probably would have upgraded to those but the 9.0's are excellent.

    I like my XTR cranks but would probably switch to an SRAM front derailleur in the future. I can't see myself going back to Shimano shifters & derailleurs as the SRAM's have been one of the best upgrades I've ever made!

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   XTR & XT

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Thin Air. SID SL, SRAM 9.0 shifters & 9.0 rear derailleur, Mavic 517 w/King Hubs, Thompson stem & seat, XTR cranks & front derailleur, Easton CT2 bar, Avid Mag brakes & levers.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by See Linda a Racer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Date Reviewed: December 8, 2001

    Strengths:    ergonomic, light weight, extremely smooth shifting, very responsive, cheaper than XTR,

    Weaknesses:    SRAM RD 9.0 heavier than XTR.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have never regreted the day when i upgraded to SRAM 9.0 shifters from Attack. I have used it for 8 months now and unlike Sram Attack and XTR, I have not experience a single gear skipping. The 1:1 ratio Shifting is so precise and accurate even with a fair bit of mud condemnation on your RD.

    Extremely good if you love doing trails with blind and unexpected corners.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sg. Buloh Sea Game

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   XTR 8 speed rapid shifter, SRAM Attack 8 speed before upgrading to SRAM 9.0 (9 speed)

    Bike Setup:   Klein Adroit Pro 99(lemon paint job),XTR Crank, XTR Cassette, SRAM 9.0 Shifter, SRAM 9.0 brake set, SRAM RD, XTR FD.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan Wintersteen a Weekend Warrior from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

    Strengths:    Easy to set up. shift buttery smooth. Feel good. SRAM is coming up in the world.

    Weaknesses:    None....

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy these shifters if you want easy maintainence, quick installation, and TRUE shifting.... SRAM has really proved themselves... If Antbody has a fork with a 1" steer tube threaded or threadless, E-mail me at ravensdaleboy@hotmail.com

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    Favorite Trail:   Suntop Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Local bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   LX, 1998 5.0 grip (suck). XTR on my DH bike.....

    Bike Setup:   1998 Cannondale M400, 90.sl rear derailleur, lx front, True Vativ Firex cranks. AMP 3" Fork, Flak Jacket, WTB Velociraptor Tires, LX hubs, Rhyno Lite Rims, KORE products.....

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