The Classified Powershift System: A Gravel Review

A muck-safe way to keep the 1x system yet add extra gears for when the roads turn up or the load gets heavy

Classified Powershift System
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Classified Powershift System is easily the biggest innovation in gear shifting since the emergence of electronic shifting. I’d happily never see a front derailleur again. When it comes to shifting performance and gear offering, it’s better than anything else on the market today. However, the price is prohibitive and, as of yet, the wheel and bike partners are limited.

Reasons to buy
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    All the gears of a 2x system, with the clean lines and simplicity of 1x

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    Shifting under load and under muck

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    Works with mechanical and electronic groupsets

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    Super fast and smooth gear changes

Reasons to avoid
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    As of yet, limited wheel and bike choices though that is changing

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After some eight years in development, the Classified Powershift Technology is gaining momentum. It received Eurobike’s Gold Award for design and innovation, it’s been UCI accredited and has already been spotted at the WorldTour. 

Riders have backed this revolutionary shifting technology from its inception with Classics legend Tom Boonen being one of three company’s three owners and fellow legends like Andre Greipel, Marcel Kittel and Anna van der Breggen are listed among the company’s investors. Now, the industry seems to be coming around as well with bike manufacturers like Ridley, Factor, Pilot Cycles, Rose and Allied all lining up to roll out Classified-equipped bikes, while Mavic, FFWD, DT Swiss, Enve, Reynolds, Boyd and Spinergy are all set to produce wheelset around the Classified hub. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.