Archer Components has launched the D1x Trail Paddle Remote to pair with their aftermarket electronic shifting system. The Paddle Remote is an replace to the unique Standard Remote that consisted of two particular person buttons on a heavier, much less area environment friendly module. The D1x Paddle Remote has an indisputably extra fashionable aesthetic, requires much less handlebar actual property, and weighs a claimed 35g (half that of the SRAM AXS shifter, by the way).
Archer D1x Paddle Remote
After introducing a refined, tailor-able MFR Drop Bar Remote for street and gravel cyclists, Archer are actually trying to enhance the ergonomics of their D1x electronic shifting system for mountain bikes. We first noticed a prototype of the system at Sea Otter final 12 months, and it appears barely totally different since then–but it surely’s right here.
What’s that when it’s at residence? Briefly, it’s an electronic shifting module that may be paired with just about any rear derailleur in the marketplace, from 8-Speed to 12-Speed, and from Box Components to SRAM. It makes use of a wi-fi shifter pod and the D1x module to tug a brief size of cable to your current rear derailleur. Watts Dixon wrote an fascinating review of the Archer system again final 12 months, calling it “the electronic shifting system you didn’t know you needed but honestly might”).
The unique shifter of the D1x system hasn’t aged terribly effectively, and appears slightly cumbersome compared to the options we’re seeing for SRAM AXS. The new Paddle Remote cures that, providing a a lot neater, extra svelte resolution to shifting. And, you may get it in inexperienced… or Graphite, Gold, Big Sur Blue, or Mars Red. Like the Standard Remote, this one gives the stand-out micro-adjust characteristic enabled for on the fly changes, so you possibly can all the time tweak pressure for good indexing.
Archer tells us the Paddle Remote gives “amazing ergonomics”, and nice haptic shift response. It really gives fewer mounting positions than the Standard Remote, with the selection of solely two potential mounting factors off the non-hinged clamp, however the truth that it’s vastly gotten smaller will imply there may be extra scope for mounting the clamp itself at a greater diversity of positions alongside the bar. It can be MatchMaker appropriate, that means you possibly can mount it to any SRAM brake lever in order that it takes up even much less area on the bar. That additionally will enable the rider to regulate the angle at which the Paddle Remote protrudes from the bar. Both left and proper mounting choices can be found.
The Paddle Remote is claimed to be absolutely sealed in opposition to the weather, and includes a sturdy, hydrophobic Cerakote floor end. The batteries are micro USB rechargeable, with a full cost providing a claimed 50 hours of journey time.
Pricing & Availability
The Archer Components D1x Trail Shifter with Paddle Remote retails at $429 USD. Those already working the Archer D1x system can improve to the Paddle Remote for $199 USD.