This clever little device will convert any bike to wireless shifting (video)

XShifter is a brand new system that lets you transform your mechanical groupset into wireless

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If you dream of having wireless shifting on your bike, but don't fancy shelling out thousands of pounds on SRAM Red eTap or FSA WE groupsets, then we're sure you're going to want to take a look at this clever little device that can convert any bike to wireless.

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XShifter, which is the work of former SRAM engineer Paul Gallagher, is a wireless shifter that allows you to keep the existing mechanical derailleurs on your bike, and have them controlled by small motors that are wirelessly connected to the shifting unit that sits on the handlebars. These two motors are attached to the seatstay and the seat tube, and move the derailleurs using short lengths of cable (ok, so it's not complete wireless).

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According to Gallagher, this system has a number of benefits over keeping a normal mechanical set up. Firstly the shifting is better as the motor has more power than cable-actuated shifting, second it is lighter than mechanical systems, and finally it is easier to adjust, with small adjustments to the derailleur alignment being made with an iPhone app.

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More details can be found on the company's website (opens in new tab), but as you can probably tell from the pictures, XShifter is still in the prototype stage, so it will be searching for crowdfunding on Kickstarter later in September to make the project a reality.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.