The new GX Shifters are specifically designed for the gravel racing and adventure market, with the ability to work with Shimano Dyna-Sys Shadow Plus mountain bike rear derailleurs. The “clutch” mechanism in these latest 10-speed derailleurs provide extra chain tension, keeping your drivetrain quiet and improving performance with single-chainring setups. Gevenalle says they are the only drop-bar shifters on the market that integrate with Shadow Plus derailleurs, though they will also work with any other 10-speed Shimano mountain bike derailleur.
The shifting starts with a customized Microshift shifter that is set on a new platform. The rear shifter is indexed while the front shifter works with both double and triple chainrings. It can also be removed for single-ring drivetrains.
The brake lever is compatible with nearly any type of cable-actuated brake: rim, linear pull, disc, etc. It can be adjusted to either a short or long-pull actuation to match the desired application. The brake cable exit angle has also been dropped 10 degrees from previous designs for a lower profile to the housing.
The GX shifters are sold as a pair for $219. They come with Gevenalle’s no-questions-asked crash replacement policy that covers a complete rebuild from any condition for just $34. Though the pieces are shipped from overseas, each one of the shifters is machined, anondized, laser-etched, and assembled in Portland, Oregon.
If these integrated shift/brake levers look familiar, it’s because you might remember them from their prior name: RetroShift. We reviewed the first generation of RetroShift shifters back in 2013.
But while they are built from traditional parts, Gevenalle’s products are hardly retro—they are hard-core cyclocross race products that have won races at all levels of the sport. With that goal in mind, the brand renamed itself earlier this year.
However not everyone is a hard core racer and is instead looking for a little bit of extra style from their shifters. Enter the Audax shifters, which take the same form as Gevenalle’s cyclocross products but swap in a silver lever blade and friction-only GranCompe shift levers.
While the original RetroShift models were a bit of choose-your-own-adventure DIY to them, the current models are ready out of the box, with all the pieces pre-installed and ready for the (included) shift cables. They are lighter than a bar-end setup, at $169 all-in they are competitive in price (or cheaper) than a bar-end setup, and they offer access to the shifters from the hoods.
While it is extremely difficult to imagine anything damaging these shifter other than a head-on crash into a wall, if you do managed to break them they can be rebuilt good as new for just $34. How’s that for a crash-replacement policy?
Once installed, the Audax shifters take a few minutes to get used to, but like most changes to control points, a few rides will get your brain dialed in. What’s simple about it is that if the shifter moves right, the chain move across the cogs to the right. If you move it left, the chain moves left. Because they are friction controlled they are never out of tune, and they can work with nearly any derailleur. The setup picture here is shifting 9-speed Shimano mountain bike derailleurs on a 10-speed cassette and chainrings.
I’m going to be riding them for the next few months in the Portland winter, which is a good test of anything that must face the elements, so keep an eye out for a review in a future issue of Bicycle Times. Order an subscription today and you’ll be sure to see it there.Tweet Print
Cross season is here, and this time of year it’s always difficult to keep your shifty bits safe and functioning properly. Gevenalle, formerly known as Retroshift, has been innovating simple products that should keep your bike running longer, with less maintenance and expense.
The latest is the new BURD front derailleur. BURD stands for Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur, a reworked Microshift derailleur that is better suited to the rigors of cyclocross.Tweet Print