Rapidé adapter converts SRAM 10-speed to 11

Entire conversion process with $12 part takes roughly 20 minutes

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This small adapter converts your ten speed shifter to eleven, without needing to replace your derailleur!

This small adapter converts your 10-speed shifter to 11 without the need to replace your derailleur (click to enlarge).

When SRAM introduced XX1, their first 11-speed drivetrain, it allowed many riders to free themselves from the front derailleur. The massive 10-42 cassette offered the range most users needed for tackling all but the steepest of terrain, but came at a price many could not justify.

Over the succeeding years, a slew of aftermarket products have been released to expanded the versatility of existing 10-speed drivetrains, which has allowed many to experience the wonders of a 1x drivetrains, but at a fraction of the cost.

While SRAM now offers its 11-speed drivetrains at a number of price points, this hasn’t halted the innovations from third party manufacturers. The newest of which is an 11-speed shifter adapter from South African brand Rapidé. This $12 component replaces the stock 10-speed selector in your existing shifter with an 11-speed part that’s cut from hardened steel.

It is currently available for the following models:

  • X7 or X9 10-speed shifter, pre-2014
  • XO pre-2014
  • X7/X9/X0, post 2014

The entire conversion process takes roughly 20 minutes and appears to be fairly straightforward. We certainly can’t promise the system will shift as flawlessly as a new 11- speed drivetrain, but for $12, shipping, and the cost a new cassette, it could be worth a try.

If you know how to change shifter cable, this mod shouldn’t be too difficult.

If you know how to change shifter cables, this modification shouldn’t be too difficult (click to enlarge).

Interested in a more DIY approach? Mtbr forum member Ikomar has a detailed write up on how to achieve a similar upgrade. For more information about Rapidé visit www.rapide.co.za.

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  • steve says:

    Will this work on a shimano XT shifter

  • tyler says:

    I don’t see the point…if you can afford an 11-speed cassette and derailleur, just buy the new shifter as well!

    • Dane says:

      No derailleur. You just need the cassette. With Praxis and others, there are some budget 11-speed cassettes, so for ~$320 you get 11 speeds. Maybe a bit steep for me. I’ll stick to my 1×10 setup and my 42T cog. I just don’t see the need for this kind of range. I do ~2000 ft climbs without issue. Granted, I have a 30T chainring up front, but I still have enough gear to go fast when needed.

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