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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.