Toby Henderson is a BMX legend and is an inductee in the US Bicycling Hall of Fame. But, I remember him mostly from his days racing mountain bikers for GT as well as being a prominent model in many of the action magazines. In fact, I remember when he started his first mountain bike company called T.H.E. (Toby Henderson Enterprises) and I remember running a T.H.E. pseudo carbon fiber fender back in the day.
Now, several years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Toby at the recent Winter Press Camp event in Palos Verde, CA. Toby was there representing his new company called Box Components. Well known for their BMX parts and accessories, Box was showing further refinements to their new single lever MTB shifters and derailleur that they had on display at Interbike.
In this video, mountain biking legend Toby Henderson shows us some of the new shifters for mountain bikes from his company called Box Components.
The new shifters feature a single lever that uses a push-push system to shift. The video illustrates the motion best, but basically you swing the lever to shift down and push the lever in (perpendicular towards the headset) to shift up. The rider can also use the outside edge of their thumb to “bump” the shifter for up-shifts. The shifters are Shimano compatible and there may be other drivetrain options in the future.
The Box Components rear derailleur is ten speed compatible and has a claimed weight of 235g with a low profile design and looks very burly in it’s build quality.
Creating a new mountain bike drivetrain is no small feat. Shimano and SRAM are both giants in the field, but we applaud the efforts of the “small” guy and look forward to seeing production versions of these shifters and derailleur in the future.
For more information, check out their website: www.boxcomponents.com