Box Components – new single lever shifters

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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.

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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

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Andrew says:

    This just made me realize why the @#$% doesn’t SRAM have a doubletap mountain shifter? Sram time to step up, that’d make me ditch my gripshifters.

  • r1Gel says:

    Great idea. I hope this takes off.

  • Joe says:

    Always cool to see someone come out with something new and innovative. He didn’t talk much about the derailleur, will it have a clutch like shadow+ or type 2 for the 1x guys?

  • Sevo says:

    This is brilliant.

  • mp says:

    So clean… I like it. I’d love to try it out.

  • JP says:

    Shimano tried it already in the late 80′s to early 90′s. The C10 (or was it C20?) shifter was about as loved as dual control or rapid rise.

  • rockhop says:

    Curious to see if it affects different hand sizes. Perhaps larger hands may have to contort the thumb more than their smaller counterparts?

  • John says:

    Sounds quite cool and something to look forward to. Anyway it is always a good thing for the consumers to have another solid option besides Shimano and SRAM. I certainly hope BOX comes out with something great for the derailleur system as well..

  • Mark says:

    And next Campy will start their new 1×11 group. :P Shimano and SRAM triggers work just fine. No need to reinvent the flippin’ wheel.

  • XR600 says:

    Maybe I am biased, being an 80s BMX racer, but the shifters are a viable option, that are already compatible with Shimano, with other choices in the pipeline. The wheel on the other hand has already been reinvented, with the most important size of all being removed from the manufacturers line ups.

  • manbeer says:

    This takes me back to the 90′s and i love it. Taking a quick look at the BOX website, they have a few nice looking parts for reasonable prices- especially the brake levers and v brakes. Hopefully these are fairly priced. The rear derailleur reminds me of the Rhino model Dean made briefly during the 90′s cottage industry boom. It’s a welcome change and i can’t wait to see more!

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