SRAM provides essential choices while streamlining the excess options. Their X01 Eagle Trigger shifter is the thumb shifting twelve-speed choice. It has the same internals and shape as the super-svelte XX1 version, it does the same job, works with the same components, just adds a few grams. 126g for the shifter.
The X01 version is the practical cousin. The titanium bolts have been replaced with stainless. The carbon lever has been replaced with forged aluminum. The fancy carbon covers have been replaced with plastic. Otherwise, it should feel the same, do the same job. It’s still fully-functioning, with up to five upshifts in a single motion, and downshifts are still lightning fast, though they occur one at a time.
While the external feel remains the same as what you know from SRAM, with X-Actuation and ZeroLoss providing both precise shifting and excellent feel, the internals have been upgraded. The extra cog is set in place on the inside, and that’s the only update to their successful shifter.
SRAM has always been about simplicity. That’s why the shifter can fasten to the bars along with the brake lever and the dropper post, provided they’re from SRAM, Avid, and RockShox. They call it MatchMaker X. By working everything off a single clamp, it’s easier to have everything within easy reach of your most important digit. The shifting point is also adjustable, so it can be tuned to your reach.
The Eagle shifter is only supposed to work as part of an Eagle component ensemble: rear derailleur, cassette, chain, chainring. That’s what SRAM designed for, though you can choose which range of Eagle in which position and the pieces will still work in perfect harmony.
The SRAM X01 Eagle Shifter gets the job done so well, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice any differences between this and the XX1.