The new 10-speed Grip Shift was introduced at Sea Otter this year, after extensive block box testing and some race appearances, including Jaroslav Kulhavy’s 2011 XC World Championship win. The new system was reengineered from the inside out, with some excellent technology, such as their speed metal shift indexing, roller thunder ball bearings and jaws lock-on grips. The new shifters offer excellent operational capabilities, with smooth and precise shifting.
Grip Shift xx and X.0
The Grip Shift is currently available in the XX and X.0 groups, in 2×10 and 3×10 versions, and they come as a kit, which includes a shifter, grip, cable and housing. The XX model has a carbon fiber cable cover and Gore Ride-On housing and cables, and only comes in 2×10. The X.0 has an aluminum cover and standard housing and cables, and comes in 2×10 and 3×10. Otherwise, the rest of the shifter is exactly the same. The entire package minus the housing, weighs 280 grams (XX weighs a few grams less), while the grip themselves comes in at 75 grams/pair. In comparison, a trigger shifter system with the same sort of lock-on grips would weigh at least 100 grams or more. The weight weenie crowd can rejoice on a lighter total setup, as the rough difference (no grip) between the triggers and Grip Shift is around 75 grams. The XX retails for $295, and the X.0 is $225, the latter coming in silver or red colors.
Tested system: Ibis Mojo HD with SRAM X.0 2×10, with 24-38-bashguard front and 11-36 rear.
Measured Specs (X.0):
- Grip Shift w/ cables & grips – 281 grams
- JAWS lock-on grips – 76 grams
- Grip Shift w/cables – 205 grams
- X.0 triggers w/ cables – 279 grams