SRAM X9 9 Speed Trigger Shifters 2013
The X.9 line-up features the same robust qualities and technologies as the X.0 system. If you are looking for greatness in a refined high-performance package then look no further, choose X.9.
Most definitely a solid choice if you are looking to upgrade shifters. Even with old housings, (which are to be replaced soon), shifting is so much crisper and easier. The lever positions took me a little while to get used to, but when adjusted are out of the way and easy to reach. I would recommend for sure.
Hands down awesome performance and for a great price. My friends had been telling for years that SRAM was superior and to scrap Sh****o. The difference is night and day. Snappy, positive shifting under any conditions due to the 1:1 cable actuation, meaning that with each shift the cable moves a larger distance than the Sh brand, thus giving a larger margin of error for adjustment, cable wear etc. Everything needs to be perfect for Sh*** shifters to shift cleanly and even with everything new still misses shifts in the middle of the cassette. I now run X-9 on all my MTB bikes
you hear the solid "Ka-Chunk" and you know you're in the right gear. Great product that has needed little to no adjustment since installation. X9 is a definite improvement over the X7's that were installed previously. Much more precise and direct feel
I prefer Sram over shimano shifting for the positive click and shift you get from Sram. When shredding a trail and switching gears, it's comforting for me to hear that click from my shifters. But that's all you hear; at speed I don't even hear my chain move on the rings they shift so smooth. They look good too. Shiny without being gaudy. It's just enough to make them look more expensive than the cheaper plastic ones.
I have two DH bikes. One store bought that came with all Sram X0 and the other I built frame up with all Sram X9. I put these on my bike build and I can see no difference between the Sram X0's and the X9's on my bikes. The X9's do the same trick and work just as good. Other than styling and weight, I can't see why I'd need X0's on my bike. And with the ratio pull compared to shimano shifters and derailers I have had in the past, I prefer the Sram's over shimano and switched over to Sram because of it. Less push on the thumbs means less arthritis when I'm an old man. I like clicking into new gears with less push of the thumb. If you haven't gone Sram, go. You'll be Sram for life after it. Shimano makes great disc brakes and biking shoes, but Sram has the shifter market cornered. There's no comparison. I've been riding 19 years. Trust me on that.