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SRAM 2002 XO Shifter

4.57/5 (21 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Reinforced carbon composite hydro finish: lighter and more rigid than other materials
  • ESP 1:1 Actuation Ratio technology: light, precise shifting
  • Patented SRS™ technology: speed release spool detent shifting, enhanced mechanical feel, light precision indexing
  • "Tornado" style grip cover: 50mm length, ergonomic design
  • Tethered "Never Lose" cable replacement port: easy cable change
  • Detailed specifications: 9-speed ESP compatible, Teflon® coated cable, reinforced carbon composite construction, Index and Micro-adjust shifter options


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Steve from Port Angleles, WA

    Date Reviewed: February 12, 2006

    Strengths:    Light, simple, good looking, decent shifting, can shift a handfull of gears in a single motion.

    Weaknesses:    They suck in sloppy conditions cus your hand slips when you get tired.
    You can find your wrist in an unnatural position if you are supprised by a sudden climb. They ghost shift worse than your dead grandma over the rough stuff.


    Bottom Line:   
    If you are a cc boy or girl or bike path person these things will work great for you. If you like it rough (the rougher the better) forget it. You can't huck anything or ride gnarley trail while holding on to the shifters because well, they shift(duh). As I got into freeriding these things had to go. I will never go back.

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    Favorite Trail:   Limbo

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   Don't remember

    Similar Products Used:   Triggers from the two big S companies.

    Bike Setup:   Intense 5.5, Uzzi VPX, M1, Tazer VP, Cove G-spot FR.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by N.B.GAS a Cross Country Rider from LAS VEGAS, NV.

    Date Reviewed: December 31, 2005

    Strengths:    Its by SRAM! AWESOME SHIFTERS...FAST,CLEAN,LITE...
    A TRUE WORK OF ART! 190.00 INCLUDED DERAILEUR...


    Weaknesses:    NONE-NOT-NADA..................

    Bottom Line:   
    THIS X0 SYSTEM IS BEST SO FAR!
    .......Ive got to go RIDE!........LATER PEEPS...


    ...............1000 CHILES....................PEACE.......

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    Favorite Trail:   EMPTY

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $190.00

    Purchased At:   PRICE POINT .com

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM: X7,X9,ATTACK,ROCKETS.........
    shimano: XT,LX,DEORE,STX-RC,ALIVIO...........


    Bike Setup:   TOO MUCH TO WRITE!

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Elora, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 3, 2005

    Strengths:    Very light, easy cable change, comfortable grip, crisp gear changes

    Weaknesses:    See SRR's comments further down. Upshifting is extremely crisp, requiring good force (which one wants with a grip shifter, especially if you don't back off after a shift to the adjacent stationary grip), but downshifting (to bigger rings) is weaker, not as crisp. While there is different ring action in each direction (ramps down, not up) and one often wants to downshift quickly, I still find he difference too much.

    Barrel Grip is bit too long; could be about 3/4 of an inch shorter


    Bottom Line:   
    Review is for rear shifter only. XO set-up (with rear derailleur) has been the most enjoyable, trouble free system. Tough, easy to adjust, durable. Only significant complaint is the difference in shifter action; therefore great but not outstanding.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Sachs power grip, Sram Xrays, Attack

    Bike Setup:   Hardtail with Sram 9.0 cassette, PC99 chain and XO derailleur (and what a sweet derailleur it is)

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jason from Johnson City, TN

    Date Reviewed: June 14, 2005

    Strengths:    Shift unbelievably well under load, light, damn good looking.

    Weaknesses:    The grips wear pretty quickly and are rather expensive to replace.

    Bottom Line:   
    These shifters are great working and look cool as hell too. My only complaint is the gooey rubber grip that is used on the twisting part, it wears quite quickly.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   XT

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Frank B a Cross Country Rider from San Anselmo CA

    Date Reviewed: April 23, 2005

    Strengths:    Light, fast shifting through full gear range , Sexiest shifters available

    Weaknesses:    Having to live in the cloudy past of Gripshift X-Rays

    Bottom Line:   
    Fast positive shifts every time , no adjusting period, set it up your done, just ride.Able to shift through your whole cassette in one shot,being able to use any brake setup you want and lighter than the BIG S's group( costs less too!)Plus how can you not love the Carbon look!If your only experience with Sram was an old set of X-rays and you are disgruntled with having to adjust your New XTR after every mud ride,give these guys a shot and you will be blown away!

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Gripshift X-Rays,Sachs Power Grips, Shimano XTR DCL

    Bike Setup:   Merlin Oreas Hardtail,Fox F80X, Full Sram Drivetrain
    Magura Marta SL's, Mavic Xmax SL's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mikhail Andro Galero a Weekend Warrior from Butuan City, Philippines

    Date Reviewed: February 21, 2005

    Strengths:    -very easy to setup
    -very lightweight
    -cheaper than xtr ($140 inc derailleur)


    Weaknesses:    -the grips, had to cut them coz its too long

    Bottom Line:   
    I have been using Shimano XTR's for almost 3 years and needed to upgrade my system. I don't like the latest XTR brake shifter combo, it's too bulky and looks like it belonged in a commuter bike. Shimano products are good, but i don't like it because everybody has it and they always come out with newer models every year. This year i'm going to remove all my shimano stuff from my bike exept for the cassette and chains, I already started with the Tank Lights hubs, Truvativ cranks and Avid brakes and levers, and this... my SRAM X.O ESP.

    It's very easy to set-up, i didn't even have to use the barrel adjusters. Every gear just shifted on my first try. It has delivered crisp, authorative shifts with excellent consistency ever since i got it.

    It's very lightweight, only 400 grams including cables, you also save more weight by cutting your grips in half to fit the gripshifters. My previous XTR setup weighed at 524 grams.

    It's cheaper than the latest Shimano XTR products. Got my Sram X.O gripshifters & rear derailleur for only $140. The latest XTR system in my LBS costs around $268.

    It has a very cool look. It goes well with my monocoque carbon fiber frame and polished swingarm. It also has uncluttered my handle bar area, it looks cleaner.

    The only downside to this set-up is I have to learn a new way of shifting, I have been using trigger shifters ever since i got into mountain biking. But if i have gotten the new XTR, I'd still be learning a new way to shift gears anyway. But the SRAM X.O's gripshifters has a much simplier system, and simplier machines to me are stronger machines.

    Buy this one, if your a trail rider looking for a simple drivetrain that's easy to setup with little or no maintenance.

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    Favorite Trail:   Malalag Trail na karon

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $142.00

    Purchased At:   3M-J

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR

    Bike Setup:   1999 Raven, X.O rear derailleur, 9.O front derailleur, Avid Flak Jacket cables, Truvativ Stylo Team crankset, XTR chain and cassette.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kevin Pruitt a Racer from San Antonio, TX

    Date Reviewed: January 5, 2005

    Strengths:    Simple to install and easy to dial in that perfect shift. Works great with the X.0 rd. Also, works like a champ with an XT fd. So nice to have components that were engineered for mountain bikes.

    Weaknesses:    None yet

    Bottom Line:   
    Nothing works better than SRAM X.0. I've gone with XTR brake levers/shifters with all the goods. But, Shimano can't compete with SRAM. Look online, find a deal, and ride like a care-free animal.

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    Favorite Trail:   lbt

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $169.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Old school grip shifts that came on my bike when purchased in '96.

    Bike Setup:   Pimped out, flip-flop paint, and overhauled Trek 7000 ZX Aluminum. The seat post is original. But of course pimped as well.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dr. Pete a Cross Country Rider from N. Bethesda, MD

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2004

    Strengths:    Light Weight, Super cool looks, SIMPLICITY!

    Weaknesses:    None So far

    Bottom Line:   
    I was looking at upgrading the shifters I had on my Yeti which I bought used, and I took a look at XTR and X.0. XTR was big, bulky, insanely expensive, and locked me into using Shimano brakes. The X.0 was pure simplicity! They look insanely cool, are super light for a pair of shifters, and oh my lord do they perform. Paired with the X.0 Rear derailleur (which is the coolest piece of drivetrain components ever devised, IMHO) and the PG990 cassette, I'm shifting with a level of performance I've never experienced.

    They're simpler, lighter, look better, perform better, are SO much cheaper than XTR, and you can use whatever brakes you want. These are the best shifters on the market, period.

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    Favorite Trail:   Patapsco-Avalon

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   All things Shimano

    Bike Setup:   Yeti ARC, X.O Rear der., PG990 cassette, PC99 Hollow Pin chain

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by G.K. a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix

    Date Reviewed: September 12, 2004

    Strengths:    Shifts like they know before I do.

    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought them primarily for the ability to micro-adjust the front end. I'm not always able to stay out of cross-over gear combos and being able to trim the front der is priceless. Shifting seems much more accurate than my old triggers. They work very well with the X-9 rear der and beat the pants off Shimano for price. Bottom line?.....Love 'em!

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    Favorite Trail:   National - South Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   LX Triggers

    Bike Setup:   Marin XC FRS - Manitou Minute 3, X-9 rear, XT front, Avid mech disc......

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

    Date Reviewed: July 12, 2004

    Strengths:    Crisp, precise shifting. Micro-adjust up front. Look way cool.

    Weaknesses:    Choice of grips----->Lock-ons

    Bottom Line:   
    These shifters are way better than the X-Ray I once owned. I'm considering changing my other bikes to these things. With the XO in the rear, I was amazed at their performance. I thought nothing could be as good as XTR, well, not so. Especially since Shimano has changed their whole shifting line just about. SRAM offers an excellent product at a great cost. Thanks for all the product testing at Palos.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt. Beacon

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $240.00

    Purchased At:   E-Bay

    Similar Products Used:   All Shimano levels and X-Ray

    Bike Setup:   Totally Ti with XO Rear

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by SRR a Cross Country Rider from Tacoma, WA

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2004

    Strengths:    These were on sale and actually cheaper than some of the other SRAM offerings.

    Weaknesses:    Grips are too wide and the action is quite different between shifting up or down.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've been a die-hard grip shifter ever since the Sachs Power Grips appeared. I like grip shifters because they represent a mean between the simple reliability of thumb shifters and the speed of Rapid Fire. They are more male, muscular, and blue-collar than Shimano's offerings, which, by contrast, are more female, white-collar, and way temperamental. I'm disappointed with the XO's however because they seem to lean both ways. The shifting action is weak in one direction, burly in the other. I want them to feel the same both ways -- crisp and authoritative, like the older 9.0's or the Sachs. Plus the grips are annoyingly wide to no purpose and they feel squishy. I will probably switch back to 9.0's at my next cable swap, if I can locate a set in somebody's Bargain Basement.

    Other than that, they're still faster, simpler, and more reliable than anything Shimano.

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    Favorite Trail:   Little Bald Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $59.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Rapid Fire (wore out four sets), GS 800's, X-Rays, Sachs Power Grip Extremes, SRAM Plasma 7.0's, SRAM 9.0's.

    Bike Setup:   Hammerhead 100X

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by kingfurby a Racer from St. Louis

    Date Reviewed: April 20, 2004

    Strengths:    -Ratcheting shift system gives you four very positive detents between front shifts and the ability to trim your front cage in nasty conditions.

    Weaknesses:    Twist shifters force your brake levers inward, so when you attach your race number you may have to cut little triangles out to get access to your brake lever adjuster barrels.

    Bottom Line:   
    I couldn't really think of any weaknesses for these excellent shifters. These sell for around $70 on the internet which is very competitive with Shimano LX level componentry, but the quality and accuracy of these shifters are better than XTR. When you consider what the new Shimano shift levers cost, SRAM XO is a bargain for a top of the line group. The 1:1 cable actuation means you get very positive, crisp shifting that is unrivalled by other manufacturers (Shimano). I find the gear indicators easier to read and more accurate than Shimano also, and they do not add a significant amount of weight to the setup. I'm happy I finally tried SRAM again after being stuck with Shimano for the last seven years, this stuff is amazing.

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    Favorite Trail:   Chubb

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   greenfishsports.com

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano rapidfire

    Bike Setup:   Giant NRS with an XO rear derailleur and Shimano XT front derailleur.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by diRtdOg from Tulsa

    Date Reviewed: October 17, 2003

    Strengths:    1:1 ratio, positive shifts

    Weaknesses:    grips

    Bottom Line:   
    aggresive cross country rider/racer have used XO for 1 year. very positive shifts, no hesitation. this system flat out works. has been completely maintenance free for entire year. my only complaint is the wimpy grips. they wore out very quickly. for this amount of dough XO should come with lock-ons.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything at turkey mtn

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   shimano

    Bike Setup:   '03 superlight

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Shawn from sc

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Looks great, works great

    Weaknesses:    price? you get what you pay for though.

    Bottom Line:   
    This stuff works better than anything else out there. Quick, precise shifts with low maintenance, light weight and great looks as a bonus.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   LX, XT, XTR, SRAM 9.0

    Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Truth SE

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael Halloran a Weekend Warrior from boston, ma

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Smooth shifts, looks, ease of maintenance.

    Weaknesses:    None that I have found

    Bottom Line:   
    I used to have an old stumpjumper with the thumb shifters. I upgraded to a newer rockhopper and wasn't happy with the rapid fire shifters. So, I upgraded those to XTR and still was not satisfied. They kept getting out of wack after 3-4 rides. I just upgraded my shifters to these - and I will never go back!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $69.00

    Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

    Similar Products Used:   XTR

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper comp, time pedals, xtr front derailler, sram X.0 rear derailler, Rockshock SID XC front shock.

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