In this technological age, everything seems to be getting faster, lighter, and more efficient. It was only a matter of time before we started to see electronics making their way onto bicycles in the form of the e-bike and wireless drive-trains.
While many of us are still on the fence about going electric, and in some cases wireless, we can't deny that our curiosity isn't piqued. However, these developments aren't cheap, so it can result in costly leaps of faith, often with some trial and error. Until now...
Cycling enthusiast and techno wizard, Paul Gallagher, has developed a really quite genius solution to the wireless shifting conundrum. X Shifter is the world's first universal wireless shifting system that can be fitted to any bike, and be programmed to the rider's needs.
It's smart phone compatible, and is controlled by a wireless remote affixed to the cockpit. The device allows you to programme press times, and assign various tasks to the remote depending on whether you're right/left handed, run a 1x drive-train or even if you want to hook up your dropper post.
- Multi-shift technology which allows you to depress the remote for a longer period in order to shift multiple gears.
- Full cassette shifts can be made by holding down on the remote button
- Personal configuration of press time, and ability to assign the 4 button remote to your preference.
- A semi-auto function allows you to shift to the optimum gear ratio with a simple press. No more awkward cross-ring gears.
There are a number of X Shifter bundles and product types to choose from, and they will work with any bike and any derailler. This is an affordable solution for going wireless, as an X Shifter set will cost you around £165 which is considerably cheaper than leading brand rivals.
X Shifter are on Kickstarter and have already doubled their $50,000 goal, and still have 10 days left. So if you're interested in going wireless, but not looking to shell out a small fortune, then this could be for you.
For more information about this product, and to reserve your own, head over to their Kickstarter page here.
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