The one and only Seth McBikeGuy did a pretty cool video highlighting one of the benefits of electronic shifting, the clutterless cockpit! Now, I know this may not be on the top of your list of things to do but reducing your handlebar to a single set of hydraulic brake lines is one of those zen moments that can elicit intense Marie Kondo-style joy. You may find yourself holding a handful of zipties and a length of bowden housing and asking yourself, “does this bring me joy?” And if the answer is no, click the play button below and see how far the Zen master Seth takes this challenge.
Seriously folks, do internally routed cables bring you joy? I didn’t think so. Ditch the cables and spark joy in every bike ride.
Disclaimer: Marie Kondo didn’t say it was okay to make these references. We don’t know how she feels about a cluttered cockpit, we don’t know if she shreds. We likely never will. But I bet she does, in fact, shred and her cockpit is clutter-free.
From time to time customers will ask if they’re going to have to change how they ride when they use the D1x. The short answer is yes, but the long answer is a little more interesting.
Technology Changes Riding
Every bit of technology on to your mountain bike will change your riding style. Add a dropper post and you no longer have to adjust your seat. Upgrade from v-brakes to disc brakes and you’ll have to reconsider how you enter that turn on your favorite trail. Mortgage your house and buy a deluxe rig outfitted with the Fox Live suspension system and your style will change without a doubt.
Anyone who’s been riding bikes long enough to have owned 2 distinct vintages can think back on the older technology and see how your riding style has changes. You better believe I ride my ’17 Bronson differently than any of my previous bikes.
Electronic Shifting is Better
Electronic shifting is much easier to do than mechanical shifting. It takes about 7 newtons of force to actuate one of the remote buttons on the D1x. Compare that to the force required to push an XX1 shifter to climb your cassette. What this means is that after a couple rides, you’ll notice that you’re shifting a lot more often on the D1x. Flicking a shift button on the D1x is effortless and quick. You’ll be in the right gear at the right time with less need to “dump” gears all at once.
And with Quick Shift enabled on the D1x, you can climb up to 5 gears with a single push of a button. Yep, one press of the button and you’ll get almost halfway through your 12-speed cassette.
So yeah, your riding style may change a little, but we’d argue that it’s a change in the right direction.