The X-Shifter wireless shifting kit debuted in late 2016 as a way to turn any drivetrain into an electronic, wire-free group. Now, they’ve scaled back a bit, eliminating the double shifter pad for controlling a standard 2x front double chainring and sticking to only controlling the rear derailleur. They’ve also worked to reduce the size of the controller’s electronics with the goal of making it easier to integrate shift buttons into other parts…like brake levers.
Going forward, at least for the foreseeable future, X-Shifter will be 1x only. But, they’ll be making mounts that allow their system to integrate into both road bike and mountain bike handlebars. For road, a new hood and clip will help it stick to standard drop bar brake levers. And if you opt for something like the TRP Hylex that doesn’t have paddle shifters, they should have a way for you to mount it to the lever so it’s in a familiar Di2 position.
For mountain bikes, the new smaller remote will have zip-tie loops on the backside, so you can attach it to any tube. This adds a lot of versatility for special needs riders, hand cycles and other non-traditional bike setups. That four-button thumb pad (red) will be going away.
The other big change for them is the switch to a distributor, ending their direct-to-consumer sales. Effective immediately, you’ll need to contact Ciclovation to order a kit, or have your local bike shop do it.