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.
Matchmaker Compatible: Avid Matchmaker compatibility takes your cockpit to a new level of personal customization while losing grams and clutter. Simply mount your triggers and brake levers using one shared clamp with matchmaker hardware. Using a Rockshox Pushloc you can mount that too.
1:1 Actuation is simply superior. The very nature of its design makes it this way. For every 1 unit of cable pulled or released, the derailleur moves the same amount. Simple? Yes. Dependable and tolerant? The best. Ease of set-up and adjustment? Easiest. This is why the top athletes in the MTB world prefer SRAM. From the mud infested Cross Country of the Sea Otter Classic, to the rocks and roots of a Fort William World Cup Downhill the 1:1 actuation stays precise and fluid. 1:1 Actuation precision is why you find SRAM on the elite bikes from cross-country flyers to full gravity bombers.
Zero Loss Travel defines the degrees of "lost" travel before the cable engages the shifting pawl. The shifting pawl is always engaged with Zero Loss Travel so the moment you push is the moment the shift starts. It is one important characteristic that makes our X.0 and X.9 triggers so impressive. With zero degrees of "lost travel", 1:1 actuation ratio, and SRAM's constant distance geometry, the distinction in our shift is like no other. Quick and calculated. Fast and precise.
Chips, dips, chains, whips...well we have the chains. These shifters are designed to work with 9-speed chains. Here's a comprehensive list of all the 9-speed chains in the world.
I've been using these shifters for years and love 'em. My existing set took a hit when I went ass over teakettle and the nub where the cable exits the rear shifter cracked and is hanging on by a plastic hair. I've been running 'em that way for a while with no problems. I've since manged to mangle the internal springs while tinkering and have lost the low-end shifting smoothness. I am now happily purchasing a replacement set. A Vermonter finding hills (of a sort) in FL
Just like everybody else said...these just keep on going, never an issue, for years. I have them on both of my custom set-up mountain bikes (Ibis Mojo HD and Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy) and went with X9 versus the XO I had on my previous bikes and have not regretted it. For a lot less money than XO, they perform just as flawlessly with a minimal weight penalty.
Easy to dial in, clean shifting. I might like my XT shifters better though.
I have been using the X9 system for years and they keep getting better and better each year. I love these 2013 models because of the slick and sleek look. The cable install is much better than the previous version with the screw off cap. The metal lower thumb shifter is large enough for quick contact in rough condition but not instrusive. The upshifting is supper fast that I sometimes double shift with my thumbnail to get even faster acceleration to win the "cup"! Get them while you can before being forced to more expensive shifting options of coming down the road.
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.