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SRAM SX4 Trigger Shifter

2.92/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 260 grams


Product Description

  • Speeds: 8 or 7
  • Compatibility: 1:1 rear derailleurs


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David C a Downhiller from Montreal, Qc, CA

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2011

Strengths:    Low cost, 7-8 speed compatibles, good gear indicator.

Weaknesses:    Slack trigger (does not mind)

Bottom Line:   
Good for the price, (lot of them on eBay!), still available for 7-8 speed and still have a nice gear indicator. If you need a shifter for 8 speeds 1:1 r/derailleur, don't look further. X-4 is the updated version that include zero loss travel, so no slack trigger, but the indicator is not as easy to read. Get them even for DH. Best value/price ratio ever out there for $20/set.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came stock on the bi

Bike Setup:   '06 Iron Horse Yakuza Aniki, 2X8 crank, F/FSA Alpha-Drive - R/SRAM X-7, 160 mm FreeRide bike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by strakalas a Cross Country Rider from Kaunas, Lithuania

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2010

Strengths:    good upshifitng
good gear indication


Weaknesses:    incorrect from towards lower gear.
the plastic cog-wheel broke completely.
long travel, pretty hard to shift.


Bottom Line:   
if you do shift frequently, go for better gear.

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Favorite Trail:   finding the shortest path in the city

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   HawaiiExpress

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio. [just works]
Shimano Deore. [rhymes well with adore]


Bike Setup:   Shimano Mesa GSD (stock)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Crby101 a Racer from ON,Canada

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2010

Strengths:    really quick down-shift handy for long trails

Weaknesses:    slow up shift

Bottom Line:   
good shifters for someone who rides moderate trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Steve Baure

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Sport chek

Similar Products Used:   shimano twist-shift

Bike Setup:   diamondback launch w/ disc brakes 26" small frame

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jay a Weekend Warrior from hampstead, NH

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2009

Bottom Line:   
The unit was on the bike when I bought it new. It never shifted right from the start. I went for one casual mild ride and the internals failed 1 mile out when up-shifting. It is the second Sram set up I have had on a bike and the last time I had simmilar results.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on my bike


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by westcoastdl a Weekend Warrior from Ellensburg, WA

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap?

Weaknesses:    Weak, plastic

Bottom Line:   
This little gem broke within the first few weeks of me having my new bike. Took her apart and their was nothing but broken mangled plastic. If you need new shifters spend a bit more money and get something better... I know I will.

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Favorite Trail:   Posy Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Shamino


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Piers Morton a Weekend Warrior from Geelong

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2007

Weaknesses:    Not strong enough, plastic gear

Bottom Line:   
They left shifter broke after my 5th ride of my TREK. I pulled it apart and a large plastic gear that pulls the cable has broken in half. It happened on a bike path with a slight incline. ???? My previous bike was a GIANT RINCON (2 years) and I never had a problem. I'm a bit disappointed so far with the TREK drivegear. My bike keeps jumping gears.

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Favorite Trail:   Forrest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   TREK FUEL 70 (06 model). Clipless pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sam vilneff a Weekend Warrior from Marmora, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2007

Strengths:    very strong and easy downshift.

Weaknesses:    harder upshift.

Bottom Line:   
I am very satisfied with the trigger shifters and I recomend them to anyone who is getting a new bike. they are evey bit worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   Bloody Mary

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Sport Chek, Belleville

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse Warrior Team Fs Disc 2007

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Daron Brinsdon a Weekend Warrior from Auckland

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2007

Strengths:    Hidden well under the bars

Weaknesses:    Too much travel and play in shifting, not direct enough, stiff.

Bottom Line:   
Never owned SRAM before but heard good things. I guess it's like Shimano...they make some good (X.9 and X.0) and some really bad. Got them serviced to stop the play and shorten the travel...no joy. Find them a disaster on the trail as they shift 1 and 1/2 changes all the time and my new cassette is getting a hammering. Am upgrading to X.9 as I do a lot of gear changing and need something more direct. My 3 year old hammered LX setup never gave me this much gyp.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodhill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   web

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX

Bike Setup:   Giant AC, Hayes hydraulics, DJ3's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gabe Czarnecki from Santa Cruz, CA

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2007

Strengths:    Ummm, fun to shift?

Weaknesses:    Broke within first two weeks of use.

Bottom Line:   
These shifters came with my bike and broke within the first two weeks of use just commuting to and from work. The shop where I purchased my bike set me up with some SRAM X7s and I haven't had one problem in a year of daily riding.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   SRAM X7, Shimano LX

Bike Setup:   HardROck Sport, Avid BB7 front, Ritchey cranks, FSA BB, Mammoth/XT/straight spoke rear wheel tied/soldered.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bryce a Downhiller from edmonton

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2007

Strengths:    It Sifts nicly, durable and is under the hanle bars so it does not break as easy when you whipeout.


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Buy this it is a good deal i like it better than shimano shifter.

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Favorite Trail:   mill creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   Iron horse warrior team fs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Siim a Cross Country Rider from Tartu, Estonia

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2007

Strengths:    does the job really good - shifts exactly as i want to

Weaknesses:    a bit too much pushing when shifting to higher rings on front
brake lever cannot be placed as i want to (read below)


Bottom Line:   
when shifting from 1st to 2nd or from 2nd to third in front you have to push the lever quite far.

you can place brake levers only outside of these shifters (that means between grips and shifter) because the shifter is so close to handlebar that brake lever doesn't fit (i have hayes, but probably the same for others). so, if you like to brake using just two fingers, find some other shifters

otherwise really smooth shifting, current gear is quite clearly seen from indicator

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   some gripshifters, acera triggers.

Bike Setup:   schwinn mesa gsd 2006

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spencer Stagg a Cross Country Rider from CA

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2006

Strengths:    I love the way they shift

Weaknesses:    seem flimsy, heavy, cheap, hard to tune, no 9 speed, and they did break on me once

Bottom Line:   
While they do have their weeknesses, and I couldn't wait to get rid of them in the begining, they have really grown on me. I can shift through all 8 gears up or down in about 1.5 seconds, whithout hardly a thought provided I let up a little on the pedal (new cassete would probably fix that), and I like them more than sram's higher quality thumb only triggers. I just wish sram made a higher quality lighter pair of these in 9 speed. Oh and i have no idea what broke on my right shifter, just took me 2 hours to take it apart, put it back together, and get it working again

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   canibalized from other bike

Similar Products Used:   sram x7 triggers

Bike Setup:   diamondback sl super , avid juicy 7, skereb platinum, sram xo rear derailer

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from Richmond, Va, USA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2006

Strengths:    Fairly smooth shifts when tuned right and working properly. Good value for the money, however, mine came stock with the new bike.

Weaknesses:    I have had to take the bike back to the shop twice just for rear shifting hassles. I only ride on the weekends for the time being, so I would bet that a more avid rider would have upgraded by now. I am going to replace them soon.

Bottom Line:   
You get what you pay for. If you want more, you need to spend more. These shifters will work fine for the weekend rider who does not ride too hard or abusively.

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Favorite Trail:   Poor Farm Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bikes

Bike Setup:   Basically all stock Ironhorse Outlaw Pro hardtail with a Rockshox J1.

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SRAM SX4 Trigger skipping gear...

I just picked up a new Rockhopper Comp 29er with the SRAM SX4 Trigger shifters. The back 8 shift up and down like a dream, but something odd is going on with the front 3. I can make it from 1st to 2nd to 3rd easy enough, but when I try to shift from 3rd down to 2nd, it skips 2nd entirely and goes ... Read More »

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