Cell Cycling have added an ultra lightweight shifter upgrade for their X-Shifter universal wireless shifting kit. The Cell BIT is a 1.5g aluminium button, smaller than a quarter. Its size is what makes it such a versatile upgrade; mount it almost anywhere on the bar, including the hoods, tops, drops, or even the end of a TT bar.
Cell BIT Wireless Shifter
The Cell Bit is a hybrid wireless system. It connects to Cell Cycling’s BlakBox transceiver, which itself weighs 14g. That connection is via a wire, hence “hybrid wireless”, as compared to Cell’s wireless shifters, the X-Shifter, X-POD and mini-POD.
It can be mounted under the stem or wrapped under bar tape anywhere, with its small size making it a viable option for time trial bars too.
Cell Cycling recommend the use of a 6mm Punch for cutting an accurate hole in your hood or handlebar tape
Current software allows only two buttons to connect to the BlakBox transceiver via two USB-C ports. That said, the software currently only supports a single shifter. However, enhanced firmware in the pipeline (coming 1st quarter of 2021) will allow nearly unlimited buttons and shifters to connect.
The brand say they already have customers in the hand cycle market testing the electronic shifter with adaptive buttons for chin control.
Pricing & Availability
The Cell BIT is expected to go live on their website in early January. The new X-Shifter Kits kits will include the Version 3 ELink, with improved speed, battery life and reliability. The kit now includes two batteries. The estimated retail price for the shifter, two batteries, BlakBox and a pair of BITs will be around $250.