Downgrading the shifter

I’ve made it clear that I’m not a fan of the new SRAM Transmission system. I’ve found that it shifts very poorly. It’s painfully slow. The shifter ergonomics are terrible. There’s no clearance under the new stealth master cylinder reservoirs for a better clamp. And the shifter pod perch is very weak. That’s a lot going wrong. My cable system is far superior. That’s bad for SRAM. The one thing that the system does well is shift under load….so ebikes.

So, I was out riding. Minding my own business poaching double blacks. In a particularly rough section, my knee came forward and lightly tapped my shifter pod. It instantly snapped. There really isn’t much holding the part together. So, I limp home with a spinning shifter.

I order a pair of replacements so that I’m prepared for the next time.

I’ve been trying to get the shifting to work better ergonomically. There’s little room for a better mount. SRAM This 11.3018.018.001 MMX adapter was actually worse than the 11.3018.018.000 Infinite clamp…and it was expensive.

It was time to go big. The 00.3018.289.000 Rocker shifter went onto the bike.

I haven’t ridden this yet. I don’t know if it will be better but something has to be.

While I was at it, I upgraded the firmware on my derailleur to 2.46.5. This may help the shifting also but I doubt it. SRAM seems totally unaware of how slow this shifting is. Strange as you would think that they had tested that.