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3x10 drivetrains offer the greatest variation of ratios for your mountain bike, and one of the quickest ways to shift through all those gears is with a twist shifter. The ability to jump multiple gears at once has always been one of twist shifters' positive traits. That, a super-low weight, and excellent reliability also help contribute to the appeal, and these traits contribute to make the X0 3x10 Grip Shifters an excellent way to select gears on modern 10-speed mountain bikes.

Early Grip Shift blindsided the mountain bike market in the early 90s because it offered a much simpler, faster, and lighter weight way of changing gears. Grip Shift got the job done with a few moving parts, compared to trigger shifters, which used as many as thirty individual components. Racers were quick to take advantage of the faster gear changes and lower weight. Soon Grip Shift was enjoying both downhill and cross country podiums under notable racers like Greg Herbold and Ned Overend.

Jump ahead to today, and the new X0 3x10 Grip Shifters has already proven its advantages on the race circuit with the 2011 XC World Championship under its belt. Developed for use in the BlackBox racing program, the first 10-Speed Grip Shifters were successfully campaigned under Jaroslav Kulhavy. What SRAM learned racing those prototypes has directly enhanced the production versions.

The X0 foregoes carbon in favor of aluminum to keep its price lower than the top-line XX Twisters. It still rolls on ball bearings -- a first for SRAM twist shifters. This provides longer life than bushings, and reduces the effort need to change gears. Speaking of action, these shifters use SRAM's 1:1 Actuation ratio. For every unit of cable pulled, the derailleur moves the same amount. Wide tolerances ensure consistency in every condition from dry and dusty, to sloppy mud, to frozen fat-bike adventures. 1:1 Actuation also eases setup, with simple adjustment from the shifters' barrel adjusters. Another key upgrade are the integrated lock on grips, which help prevent dreaded throttle grip, something that cursed small rubber grips of early Grip Shift. The integrated lock on grips hide the clamp to provide a seamless ergonomic transition from grip to shifter.

The SRAM X0 3x10 Grip Shifters are compatible with SRAM's 10-Speed mountain and road front and rear derailleurs, opening up possibilities for touring or commuting applications. The shifter set comes with a sealed Gore Ride-on low-friction cable system to provide long lasting performance.

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