If you’ve been frothing over AXS equipped bikes with their fewer cables and fun robot sounds, SRAM now has a more affordable option for those wireless MTB drivetrain components. The new GX Eagle AXS upgrade kit will include a shifter, derailleur, chain-gap tool, and charger for $600 or €620. A cassette and chain is sold separately. Derailleurs alone will sell for $370 (€385) without a battery, and the shift lever will go for $150 (€155). Those prices might also pique the interest of current XX1 and X01 AXS owners who want to buy a backup derailleur for roughly half the price.
The GX Eagle AXS drivetrain maintains its 520% range across their 10-52t cassette that can be manipulated in the SRAM AXS app. The derailleur also has the same overload clutch protection as the previous AXS models, allowing it to quickly spring out of the way on impact and then return to the desired gear.
A battery cover is included in the product launch that SRAM says “is a light-weight cowling designed to protect the battery while installed on the derailleur. The AXS battery cover fits all AXS mountain bike derailleurs.” It’s not clear if riders were experiencing battery damage on prior models, however since SRAM bothered to make the protective cover it might be a good idea to pick one up if you already have an AXS derailleur.
Priced at $600 for the derailleur and shifter alone, we won’t bother saying that wireless shifting is now affordable. It’s certainly more accessible than before to folks who can swing it. Would you run wireless shifting without the wireless dropper? If not, that’s still well over $500.
Head to the SRAM page for more info on the new GX Eagle AXS components.