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How to Shift SRAM Trigger Shifters

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With today’s mountain bikes, you have about a 50/50 chance of getting a twist shift or a trigger shift mechanism. And another 50/50 chance if it will be Shimano or SRAM.

In this article, I will explain how to shift SRAM Trigger shifters.

(Note: If you are looking to learn about the concept of shifting gears, read my Beginner’s Guide to Shifting Gears first.)

 

SRAM Trigger Shifters – The Basics

SRAM Trigger shifters are slightly different than Shimano RapidFire triggers.

With SRAM, you still have two little levers for each hand, but each one is operated by a push from your thumb. This way your index finger can be used for grabbing the bar or brake lever. Your thumb can stay wrapped around the bar for control and still operate both triggers.

I personally prefer this trigger design over the Shimano.

The general shifting method is as follows:

Push the little top lever for a shift to smaller cog or chainring. Push the bigger bottom lever to shift to a bigger cog or chainring.

To learn the details of the shifts, continue reading…

 

SRAM Trigger Shifters – Right Shifter, Rear Derailleur

The right shifter (the one operated by your right hand) will operate the rear derailleur, moving the chain across the 8-10 cogs on the rear cassette.

To shift to a harder gear:

Pushing the upper, smaller trigger will drop the chain down to a smaller cog, putting you in a bigger gear.

To shift to an easier gear:

Pushing the lower, bigger trigger will push the chain up to a bigger cog, putting you in a smaller gear (this will make it easier to pedal.)

 

SRAM Trigger Shifters – Left Shifter, Front Derailleur

The left shifter (the one operated by your left hand) operates the front derailleur. It will move the chain between the two or three front chainrings.

To shift to a harder gear:

Pushing the lower, bigger trigger will push the chain up to a bigger chainring, putting you in a bigger gear.

This shift requires a bit more force than the others, but not a whole lot.

To shift to an easier gear:

Pushing the upper, smaller trigger will drop the chain down to a smaller chainring. This will make it easier to pedal.

 

Trigger shifters may sound more complicated than SRAM’s Grip Shift, but once you practice with them a little bit, you’ll have it memorized in no time!

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