Archer Components D1X Electronic Shifter Review
Words & Photos by Nic “U-Turn” Hall
Archer Components is a newer player in the shifting game, but instead of developing a new derailleur, they chose to build a universal electronic shifting device that will work with any derailleur on the market. Want to have the reliability of wireless, electronic shifting but don’t want to be replacing $700 derailleurs, buy a cheap derailleur and run this setup instead. The D1x is a wireless shifting mechanism and remote that pairs with a smartphone app to dial in shift points and program the shifter button functions. It’s easy to set up, has a very long battery life and never missed a shift! We threw this unique product on one of our test bikes for a grueling Fall full of wet and muddy rides to see just how likely we were to make the switch.
Archer Components came to market a few years back, just before the big names released their wireless shifting options. The D1X offers something beneficial to the consumer however as it can be adapted to any derailleur regardless of brand. The initial investment is there yes, but if you’re looking to go electronic, the savings in replacing one broken derailleur has the Archer taking the lead. But, why would you want to go electronic when your cable shifting works just fine? I asked the same question when I installed the device and I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer.
The kit consists of a rear derailleur actuator, small cable, and thumb shifter. Set-up was pretty straight-forward and didn’t take long. Especially since we didnt have to fish a derailleur cable and housing through a frame. Note our precautionary (read lazy) cable housing still in our test frame.
All that’s required to set up the Archer D1x is mounting the shifter to the bar, securing the unit to the chainstay of your bike and attaching the cable to the derailleur. Archer’s detailed install videos help answer any questions and their smartphone app make for an easy install. The app give you the ability to control button commands, lets you set up the emergency “bail out” gear in case your battery dies and gives you the ability to adjust where you would like your shift points to be.
Weight for the total kit is about 235 grams, which is not that much, but considering that you are removing only about 50 grams worth of weight off your bike, your net gain is significant.