Posted by Logan Watts
Photos by Mike Viglianco
While you might be familiar with MicroSHIFT for its unassuming bar-end shifters, the company has been quietly building a full drivetrain lineup over the last couple of years, much of which is targeted directly at the gravel bike segment. At the Taipei International Cycle Show this weekend, MicroSHIFT had two new 12-speed shifters and several other products on display.
The most interesting, of course, is the MICROshift 12-speed bar-end shifter. For those wondering when 1×12 would be available for your drop-bar bikepacking rig, that time is now. The new MICROshift 12-speed bar-end shifter looks to function just like other bar-end shifters and can be paired with a SRAM Eagle derailleur and cassette. In addition, it can be switched between indexed and friction shifting.
The new MicroSHIFT 12-speed thumb shifter offers the same friction/indexed option and might be attractive to those looking for a simpler shifter mechanism that’s easy to adjust and repair in the field. It will probably be cheaper than most SRAM shifters as well, but pricing has not yet been announced. Both shifters are expected to be available later this year.
In addition, MicroSHIFT announced the Shimano-compatible 11-speed XLE rear derailleur, aimed directly at the gravel and adventure bike market. Similar to their XCD rear derailleur released earlier this year, the new XLE features the extra chain capacity needed for wider 2×11 systems. It can also be paired with MicroSHIFT’s 11-46t cassette and brake/shifter levers. We’ll add pricing when we find out.