SRAMs best MTB shifters.The X.0 rivals any other shifting system for weight, reliability, and smooth shifting.Rear is for use with SRAM ESP 1:1 rear derailleurs only. Front works with any front derailleur. Weight: 175 grams (Estimated) Compatibility: 9 , ESP 1:1 ratio for Sram ESP rear derailleurs only Cables: Cables included without housing, Grips also included
Strengths: Lightweight, fast and clean shifting, reliable, nothing to break, cheap
Weaknesses: Can't just replace the grip anymore when it wears out
People who haven't tried them like to tell how dumb you are for not using trigger shifters
I used to be a die hard trigger shifter fan 20 years ago and ignorantly talked about all of the horrible grip shift myths that are still being talked about today. Funny thing is, when I tried them, none of the myths were true and I learned to love them after only a couple short rides.
The X0 shifters are the best I've ever used. So precise. The best part is you never have to pull your hands off the bars or the brakes. You can also put the brake lever where ever you want.
My only complaint is that these don't have replacement grips like they used to... at least not that I've found anyway. Have to replace the whole shifter now.
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2013
Weaknesses: Sloppy shifting when compared to trigger shifters. DURABILITY SUCKS! Do not buy.
Really deserves 0/5 chilli... Sloppy shifting when compared to trigger shifters. DURABILITY SUCKS... after 4 months of use the shifter stopped holing a "click" and would release back to small cog... ie it would not hold any gear but small cog without you manually holding it in position. Looked inside shifter and found that the "speed metal indexer" had somehow failed... it would move out of position and loose all it's spring into the clicker slots which is suppoesed to hold the gear you are in. EPIC FAIL by sram. between this and the elixir brakes I am starting to doubt this company and it's products. kinda sad... i really used to like their stuff... now it's all crap.
Strengths: Solid shifts. Indestructible. Ability to shift from top of range to bottom in seconds. Pretty cheap and low in weight.
Weaknesses: Takes up handlebar space.
Been running these for over 5 years without much complaint. With sealed gore-tex cable, you get perfect shifting without having to do anything. Don't understand how people could break these as they are incredibly simple and solid. Great product that is greatly undervalued.
Similar Products Used: XT Rapid-fire, X-9 gripshift and X-9 triggers.
Bike Setup: Turner 5-Spot
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2013
Weaknesses: Very pricey. Not robust, and chock-full of plastic
These are highly touted. They are light and the front in particular shifts superbly. However, if you attempt to install your own grips, you may have trouble. Pulling off the SRAM grip can pull open the housing and let a spring out. The rubbery cover is also hard to reinstall. But above all, despite the talk of all the metal inside the new twist shifters (yes, the bearings are metal), you will see a heck of a lot of plastic. And that plastic is fragile. I ride XC almost gingerly, with lots of cardio and climbing and not too many bumps, jumps or wipeouts. In addition to the spring coming out, I had a plastic part break! And all I've done is shift. I really wanted these to be as good as previous versions of SRAM twist shift, but tougher and more reliable. That doesn't seem to be the case, despite the cost.
Similar Products Used: Lots of SRAM shifters, twist and trigger
Bike Setup: Rocky Mt Element 970; Santa Cruz Superlight
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2012
Strengths: Crisp, accurate shifting. No issues with accidental shifting. 1:1 actuation rocks. Easy to put on and maintain.
Weaknesses: On my second set of the XO twist shifters, the number decals on the right 9-speed indicator came off. The indicator was replaced for free, but after 1 year, the numbers on the new one are also coming off.
Had to replace my SRAM trigger shifters with the twisters due to arthritis in my thumb. Was very reluctant to change at first, but now I would not go back even if I didn't have arthritis. These things are great. Hand never leaves the handlebar, just slide it over a bit to shift. Easy shifting even with thick gloves. I put my old set of Twist Shifters on my wife's bike and got myself a new set. Unfortunately all the numbers came off the 9-speed gear indicator. SRAM replaced for free through LBS (which is why I still give them 5 chilis), but now the new one, after one year, is starting to lose the numbers. Numbers on the old one still good. SRAM must be using a cheaper adhesvie.
Strengths: Shift crisply, lock in place well, the microshift eliminates chain rub on the front derailleur, they are light, and pretty cheap compared to other shifters ( I got them for about $68 on Amazon new and shipped!)
Weaknesses: not quite as comfortable as a regular full handlebar grip, the grips that come with these could mate up better
I have used these for a about 3 months now after using SRAM X7 trigger shifters for a while. I was looking to match my X0 rear derailleur that I "inherited" when I bought a used 2005 Giant NRS C2. I am on a budget, I would never have bought the X0 triggers because of their price. I am very impressed with these, I believe I have MAYBE mis-shifted when riding, even when jumping, only about 2 times that I can remember--not counting crashes, because that happens even with triggers--Heck, I have even mis-shifted a few times with triggers when going to shift while riding and I hit a bump or something.
These lock pretty solid, shift very crisply, and prevent mis-shifts much better than I would have thought. The rubber on these is nice and grippy, especially when paired with gloves; I do not remember my hand ever slipping. The main thing I love about these is how you can go through the whole range of gears with just a flick of the wrist. Because of this, I honestly feel they have improved my riding. Another thing that is great is that they are lighter than triggers. Also, I love the microshift, it prevents chain rub on the front derailleur and keeps the bike quiet; the way I like it.
The main thing I don't like about them is that they don't feel quite as good as a regular full handlebar grip. I really am not a fan of the grips that come with these. You have to cut them much shorter than they come stock, or else you will have a WIDE grip area. The grips should mate up better with the edge of the grip-shifter. Because of this I rigged some old, thick foam grips with these. Also, sometimes when shifting these can slightly interfere with braking. But, seems to not be a problem, since you have 2 brakes, and you are basically never going to be using both shifters and brakes at the same time.
Bottom Line: They shift well, they are quite cheap compared to any other high-end shifters (especially at Amazon's price), they are light, and you can shift faster with them. I definitely recommend buying Jagwire's Ripcord derailleur kit when you buy these. That is the best way to get the full potential of these. I say these are definitely great for XC, Trail, All Mountain. May not be best for Downhill/Freeride when doing bigger jumps, although you would probably be fine. I would say definitely not for Dirt Jumping, though, seems like might get in the way of barspins, etc.
a Cross Country Rider
from Thousand Oaks, CA
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2011
Strengths: Precise Shifting, Simply Clean (Less stuff to break in a crash), Price, Weight
Weaknesses: I can't make fun of my buddies' sram attacks anymore. Ergonomics (Subjective)
I was a skeptic. Now I really like them. I've only ever used the Shimano Deore rapidfire shifters and the XO twister shifters. I used the same set of rapidfires for 10+ years on my 26" nukeproof hardtail without problems so I have nothing negative to say about them. The XO twisters are a significant upgrade so you might say I'm comparing apples to oranges here. Maybe so, but here's what I like about the twister shifters: Precision. Lets say you're in your middle ring in the front and a tall ring in the back. Sometimes, even with a well tuned system, you can get a little bit chain rub on the front derailer cage. I hate that. But with the twister shifters, you can give or take a half click to fix any rubbing issues. I haven't used XO or XT triggers, but I couldn't do the half click stuff with my deore rapidfires. There's nothing quite like the natural feel of triggers. I haven't had any trouble getting used to the twister shifters, though.
These shifters rock. they give you more of a 'hands on' sense of where you are in your gearing, no more thumb aches. I swear theyve made me faster. crisp fast shifts every time without much need for maintanance or adjustments.
Similar Products Used: xtr trigger, shimano/paul thumbies, sram trigger
Bike Setup: Vicious cycles metal guru, race face cranks, xtr fd, x0 rd, chris king components, thomson post, paul motolite
a Cross Country Rider
from Las Cruces, NM USA
Date Reviewed: January 5, 2011
Strengths: I put them on my bike a year ago. I have never looked back. I will never use a trigger of any kind again. I can select where I want to be, twist it that many clicks, and I am there instantly. Wonderful. And mine haven't required anything much in the way of adjustment.
Bike Setup: Turner Flux Prototype, Fox (Pushed front and rear), Sram XO, Mavic SL Disc
a Weekend Warrior
from Prince William, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2010
Strengths: Cheap, compared to any other top end shifter. Clean and crisp shifting. Built solid. Very light.
These are the best shifters I have bought for my riding style. They work great, weigh close to nothing and if they do break are so cheap to replace. I had issues with slip-shifting during a climb because my hands were on the grips. But I remedied this by purchasing a wider bar and some regular sized lock-ons. It gave me better leverage and I can climb without accidentally shifting. I can dump the cassette without a problem on the climbs and drop to my high range on the flats and downhills without an issue. Best shifting setup for the discerning XC rider.
Shifts now, right now, up or down, without fuss or any messing about. Super comforable grips that you can keep your hands on without worrying about accidental gear changes. A Godsend for those of us with arthritic or damaged thumbs. Granted, they're a bit noisy - there's no sneaking up on anyone if you have to shift to get there. These came on a bike I bought used, unseen, thinking it had trigger shifters; I got over my disappointment about 5 minutes into my first ride. I'm deducting one chili only because of the noise. Even so, I'm never going back to triggers.
This seemed like a good deal, considering this just came out (I personally didn't know it was for sale yet). Retail for the X0 is $225 and XX is $295. All come with lock-on grips, cables, and housing.
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Has anybody managed to wear off an X0 twist shifter?
My drivetrain's shifting accuracy has become very sketchy on the tallest 3-4 cogs over the last months: when I upshift the shifter makes the 'click' but tension is too low. I have to pull the shifter slightly beyond the click to make the tensio ... Read More »
I nave a question for those running 2x9 with X0 twist shifters. What is best: leaving the top clicks unused (like you had no big ring) or leaving out the bottom ones (like you had no granny)? The first option makes more sense to me as it would not allow to downshift too much and create a lot of cabl ... Read More »
anyone have a super secret link to a good deal on a set? And as I understand it, the x9 uses a different grip than the x0's?
also, and most importantly!, why are certain models of the x0's that i'm finding have that carbon fiber finish and some don't? different years?Read More »