SRAM launches new AXS Rocker Paddle

New shift paddle offers a familiar feel for riders who prefer SRAM's mechanical shift levers

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RAM AXS Rocker Paddle

The new SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle is designed to mimic the layout of the company’s mechanical shift levers.

SRAM is launching a new version of its wireless electronic shift lever with an updated paddle design intended to mimic the lever layout of the company’s mechanical shift levers. The new lever is available as an upgrade kit as well as a complete shifter. Read on for our impressions of this new shifter layout.

First Look: Sram Reverb AXS wireless dropper post

SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle Highlights

  • Available as a complete controller or standalone paddle option for all Eagle AXS controllers
  • Customize inboard and outboard shift options
  • AXS enabled components are able to be programmed and personalized using the SRAM AXS App
  • Price for complete controller: $200
  • Price for upgrade paddle: $20
  • Available now

 

SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle Review

SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle

The new SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle offers a familiar feel for riders who prefer SRAM’s mechanical shift levers

SRAM launched its wireless AXS mountain bike groups in 2019 and while some riders got along well with the new lever layout, others did not. I count myself among the riders who have struggled to get on with AXS shifters. Granted, I spend a lot of time switching between mechanical and electronic drivetrains but try as I might, the AXS paddle has never felt intuitive.

Try as I might, the AXS paddle has never felt intuitive to me.

Try as I might, the AXS paddle has never felt intuitive to me.

The redesigned SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle gives SRAM’s wireless mountain bike drivetrains a familiar feel. The button orientation closely resembles the placement of the shift levers on SRAM’s mechanical drivetrains. As a result, my thumb instinctively knows where to go.

First Look: SRAM Eagle AXS electronic drivetrain

Riders can still reprogram the buttons to perform different operations—such as reversing the shift function. I ended up sticking to the tried and true layout. In addition to the improved button orientation, the textured surfaces improve tactile feel, especially when shifting in rocky terrain.

SRAM AXS Rocker Paddle

Riders who already own SRAM’s Eagle XX1 and XO1 AXS groups can upgrade for just $20.

The traditional feel is a welcome addition to the AXS group, and with such a minimal cost, I consider this $20 upgrade well worth it—especially if you’re a mountain biker with a quiver of bikes with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains.

Learn more in our SRAM forum


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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Comments:

  • Robin Blomquist says:

    So… no new third button available to control the AXS reverb dropper from same control?

  • Josh Patterson says:

    Unfortunately not. There are no new buttons on the actual shifter body. Just a new shape for the lever that sits on the shifter body. (I’d prefer a left-sided AXS dropper lever with a secondary button to operate a remote lockout.)

  • norman krisher says:

    It took me a long time to get used to AXS vs. the mechanical Eagle that I was used to. I actually put a 5mm spacer between the shifter and the mount to move the control further from the bar, not closer, as I have very long thumbs. With a few tweaks and some time on the system it is now very natural feeling to me. I will probably get the new paddle just to see if I like it better.

  • Arn Saknusen says:

    I had absolutely no problem with switching to the AXS system. The paddle is fine as is, but maybe some people are not the best at figuring out how best to locate it and mount it. If you don’t mount it a certain way, it WILL be very different feel. But once you figure out how to locate it…outward of the brake collar NOT toward the grip side, it functions excellent. The one thing I DID change is pushing down for high gear, and pushing up for low gear. The way it came, you would push down for low gear, and up for high gear, but THIS way I could not get used to….as I would keep shifting down to easier gear when I was wanting higher gear, and so forth. I would not waste my money on a new shifter. Rather, just spend some time with setup if you already own the original version. The difference between regular Eagle and AXS is immense. There is NEVER a single mis-shift, or slow-shift, or hesitation of any kind. And no more having to dicker around with the cable tension…and, as well, the regular Eagle derailer’s actually start to loose precision after a single season. I was only able to get a single season out of each of my regular Eagle derailers before they would start to need frequent attention. The AXS derailer, by comparison, is built like a TANK.

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