SRAM has just dropped us some information on what's coming up in shifting for 2014 - aside from a new trigger design, the big story is clutch technology making its way onto the X7 rear derailleur. We're big fans of these new types of derailleurs, as they offer significant performance benefits on the trail, and to see them become more affordable is great news!


Trickle down technology at work - 2 years after the introduction of the Type II derailleur design on the X0 platform, the same technology has made its way down to the mid-range X7 platform. That basically means you can buy last year's X9 derailleur at X7 pricing, which is good news all around.

X7 Type 2 Rear Derailleur Overview


  • A one-way roller clutch controls chain tension for consistent shifting
  • Needle bearing
  • 360 degree clutch force for reliability and durability
  • TYPE 2’s clutch force comes factory calibrated by SRAM
  • Consistent shifting feel

CAGE LOCK™ Technology:
SRAM TYPE 2 lets you push your cage forward and lock it into place with the push of a button. This creates slack, removing all tension from the chain. With CAGE LOCK,TYPE 2 makes wheel removal and installation—as well as chain installation—easier than before.

  1. Push the cage forward — creating slack —and lock it in place.
  2. The chain stays perfectly loose, letting the derailleur swing out of the way. When you’re ready to ride again, simply unlock the cage and go.

X7 Type Derailleur Specifications:

  • Exact Actuation for precise and dependable 10-speed performance
  • Focused chassis design for all conditions and usage
  • 293g
  • 36-tooth cassette capable
  • 3 cage lengths available: short, medium and long
  • MSRP: $89
  • Availability: May 2013


2014 sees a complete re-design of the triggers, with zero loss shifting and a smaller form factor across the range, as well as a number of other features:

  • XX Internals
  • X0 Features
  • Adjustable Pull Lever for X0
  • Zero Loss Travel
  • Ball Bearing Pull Lever
  • X7 Quick Cable Change
  • MMX Compatible
  • Colors Available

The features are distributed within the range as follows:

XX Internals Ball Bearing  Zero Loss  Smaller Package Carbon
X0 yes yes yes yes yes
X9 yes yes yes yes no
X7 yes no yes yes no

The new triggers will be available in May, at the following prices:

X0: $262
X9: $123
X7: $70

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  • buttbongo

    5/23/2013 7:16 PM

    They didnt make X7 11 speed because its not the gay version. The 10speed semi gay no problem papi I got a trick for you running my 9 speed. Honestly unless you travel WC circuit the X7 is way more than most riders need. Watch me smoke you mufugas with my X7 bich. XX comes with a two sided dildo and XO one crash from trash.

  • syngltrkmnd

    5/23/2013 7:48 PM

    You're a brainy one, aren't you?

  • Tsetse

    5/23/2013 10:08 PM

    Haha true that xD

  • Maverickdh005

    5/23/2013 12:50 PM

    No 11 spd options ala XX1 big mistake Sram, I have XX1, but this would have given you a major jump on the competion having lower groups atleast to X9 with a 11spd single ring groupset like XX1 and have a major impact on changing MTB, plus a huge jump on Shimano with a major point of difference reaching a bigger market than XX1 alone can do.

  • groghunter

    5/23/2013 3:27 PM

    Yup. it would stop me from switching to ZEE.

  • ZMC888

    5/23/2013 5:47 PM

    It's not 11 speed we need, just the range of 11 speed, that 42 tooth ring on the cassette and the clutch, still moderately happy as I ride so much I ruin derailleurs every few months, so prefer the cheaper options like X7.

  • Maverickdh005

    5/23/2013 7:44 PM

    Having ridden single ring for years, some time before XX1 and now XX1 for 8 months you need 11 speed for the correct ratios, plus if you do what you suggest you severely limit the front ring size options you can run for various courses, for general riding Ive found a 32t front ring more than enough, but would like a 34t maybe for slightly more open faster courses.
    Shifting would also be compromised, the current spread of XX1 was well thought out imo/e, been running hard no dropped chains not a missed shift, recently ran an Enduro in the mud no issues.

  • buttbongo

    5/24/2013 7:49 AM

    I agree it looks sooo silly when people run 32 up front and 42 in back with no chainguide haaahaa. I always laughin at those. I guess if you ride in germany in alpenschnizel land maybe it works. Here in the gnarly rock coast that shiz dont fly meng. Put a guide on it.

  • bturman

    5/26/2013 11:29 PM

    buttbongo, please think before you post, and if you don't have honest experience with a product don't bag on it. Your comments across the site are almost all out-of-line and I have the power to suspend your account.

    And for the record, XX1 works very, very well, without a guide, in all conditions.

  • mccarver

    5/23/2013 6:50 PM

    SRAM rep high up in the chain told me X.01 is coming soon. Same 1x11 system, just with a non-hollow carbon crank, and lower level cassette, derailleur and shifter. Should save you some moneys, but lets be real...XX1 isn't thaaaaat expensive for what is in my opinion the best, most versatile, reliable, and efficient mountain group on the market...

  • Maverickdh005

    5/23/2013 7:50 PM

    Its not as a group set, especially if building a bike up,but most people don't do that and don"t need carbon cranks and the rest of the fancy bling, replacing an XX1 cassette for example is not cheap. Buying a new bike with XX1 is at the high end, so no low end bike budget options, you don't spend 3k on a bike for budget purposes and then out out and buy XX1 for it, not normal anyways, but it would be nice to buy a 3k bike with a X9 XX1 equivalent.

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