9point8 Announces the New Digit2.0 Lever

Aug 19, 2020
by 9point8  
Digit-2.0 Release

Press Release: 9point8

Now introducing the new and improved 9point8 Digit 2.0 Lever - everything you loved about the 9point8 Digit but better. We kept the same lever pull ratio to give you the low remote action force but re-designed the bar clamp to increase the range of the lever position on your handlebar. We have also provided a CNC machined pocket on the bearing hub to tuck away the cable end to give your handlebar setup a sleeker look. Also gone is the plastic axle which has been replaced with a stronger aluminum one-piece axle. We maintained the signature grippy thumb pad and sealed ball bearing pivot. The Digit2.0 is available with integrated mounts of Shimano IS-B, Shimano IS-II, Shimano IS-EV and Sram Matchmaker. 42g with the 22mm bar clamp. Digit2.0 is designed and manufactured by 9point8.

Digit-2.0 Release
Adjustment Range Digit2.0

Digit-2.0 Release

Digit-2.0 Release

Digit-2.0 Release
Cable End Position: Digit Free Cable End

Digit-2.0 Release
Cable End Position: Digit2.0 Hidden Cable End (In-Process)

Digit-2.0 Release
Cable End Position: Digit2.0 Hidden Cable End

Digit-2.0 Release
Shimano I-Spec II
Digit-2.0 Release
Shimano I-Spec EV
Digit-2.0 Release
Shimano I-Spec B
Digit-2.0 Release
Sram Matchmaker
Digit 2.0 Brake Adapter Mounts

The Digit 2.0 is available now at 9point8.ca or through your local bike shop. MSRP $65USD. Works with any cable operated dropper post.

For more information click here.



96 Comments

  • 94 6
 Sram deserves a lot of hate for a lot of things, but they've nailed the shared-clamp cockpit setup.
  • 98 0
 Blows my mind how Shimano thinks it's OK to make each new generation of brakes and shifters incompatible with the last. We're on what, the 4th generation of I-spec now?
  • 9 4
 @mnorris122: Just like iPhones! Ispec, ispec B, ispec 2. Ispec ev. Next is going to be ispec r. Ispec s. Ispec rs. Ispec SL. Ispec xl. Ispec MAX.
  • 6 1
 @mnorris122: not to mention i spec sucks to work with
  • 10 0
 Matchmaker is awesome. Keeps the cockpit clean. Personally, not much I dislike about SRAM or Shimano.
  • 4 0
 @kleinblake: I never minded my I-Spec II setup, it was easy to mount, but was annoyed at myself for not just getting the band clamp when I moved to Magura and needed an extra adapter to mount the shifter.
  • 14 3
 The only issue being that Srams clamshell clamps are much much more likely to fuck up your carbon bars than literally any other lever clamps available.
  • 2 1
 @gabriel-mission9: So true. The sram clamp puts all the clamping pressure on the outer edges with none in the middle. Rotating the clamp in a crash or to adjust lever angle, results in scoring or scratching of the handlebar. Also, an over-tightened clamp seems far more likely to result in a bar snapping in two because the force is applied to a thin line instead of being spread across the width of the clamp.
  • 2 0
 @mnorris122: well, I-spec II kind of works with I-spec EV... I'm using 11-sp XT lever with latest SLX brakes.
But yeah, it's just stupid.
  • 5 12
flag OneTrustMan (Aug 19, 2020 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 @gabriel-mission9:
I call BS.
Never had a mark nor a single deep scratch on my carbon bars from Sram clamps.
How about using a torque wrench and some carbon paste?
  • 11 0
 @OneTrustMan: Not BS at all.

This is a known issue with sram clamps. No amount of carbon paste or proper torquing makes a difference on most carbon bars. There simply isn’t enough surface area on the clamp. You are the exception if you haven’t had this issue.
  • 5 0
 @jaame: Ispec boost tho
  • 1 1
 @mrosie:
I had zero issues with Raceface 66sick bars, Sixpack millenium bars and Nukeproof horizon bars. All carbon.

The Nukeproof bars is the best imo.
  • 6 0
 @mrosie: Glad I only use alloy bars. Definitely get marks from the matchmakers.

Snapped Carbon bars with matchmaker in the past right at the clamp
  • 3 0
 @OneTrustMan: I used to look after warranty for a number of companies. A majority of carbon bar failures show clear signs of sram clamps being used. They leave a very recognisable pattern of gouges on the bar. It's a bad design.
  • 1 0
 @mnorris122: Sometimes in order to move forward you are forced to abandon the route you took previously. I-spec hasn't been what one would expect of a Shimano component. JMHO
  • 4 6
 @gabriel-mission9:
Well, I use a torque wrench and carbon paste. Maybe it's a bad design, but I would also say user error.


When I sold my Sixpack carbon bar that I used on my park bike it looked like new after a year and a few crashes.
  • 4 1
 I was told by a handlebar manufacturer that carbon bars almost always fail at the brake lever clamp, when the brake lever has been moved in a crash. Not always SRAM levers, but I agree from personal experience that the SRAM clamps are a bit shitty. Too floppy. It might be user error but we’re not all Germans. Some users do make errors. A good design would minimise the impact of these errors, especially since it’s a well known source of user error with potentially grave consequences. I have never used a carbon bar for that reason. It’s just not worth the 100g weight saving, in my opinion. Maybe on a cross country bike, but not on a big bike that’s going to weight 15kg with the carbon bar or 15.1 with the alloy.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: You were moaning about the weight of a small bearing in a dropper lever making them more durable and reliable, now you dont mind 100g being added to a clamp....
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: To be fair, you are very unlikely to end up in hospital with life changing injuries because your dropper lever pivot got a bit stiff.
  • 2 1
 @gabriel-mission9: you are also very unlikely to need to add 100g of metal for a clamp not to damage your bars.... everyone else manages.
  • 2 3
 @jaame:
What has being germany to do with this?
I made a lot of user errors, but I have learned from those experiences, instead of whining on the internet.

You don't need to worry so much about carbon bars these days. Some are brutally durable. I use them for DH since 3 years.
Yes, they are weak to clamp forces which is why torque specs exist.

I will never understand how some people trash money for bikes and parts no problem, but don't even think about buying a decent torque wrench. They are not that expensive, you know.
  • 2 1
 @OneTrustMan: It is insulting that you think that everyone else is an idiot or doing something wrong because you personally have never seen a problem.

Just because you've never had (or noticed) an issue, doesn't mean there isn't an issue with sram clamps. I run sram brakes on all my bikes because I like them, so it isn't that i'm trying to bash sram.

It is a fact that the clamping area of sram brakes/shifters is smaller than necessary. This increases the pressure exerted on the clamped area. When rotated, the ring of high pressure results in scoring. That scoring is a weak point where handlebars can and do snap. All of my carbon bars have scoring from the clamp rotating in a crash. And yes, I use carbon paste and torque the bolts to spec.
  • 1 1
 @dfiler:
I never said that, so stop putting words in my mouth, but I agree that I could have been more polite.
But the same thing can be said about you. Just because you had problems, doesn't mean that everyone will have the same issues.

If you do have problems with scorning I highly recommand the Nukeproof Horizon carbon bars.
They have a rougher surface on the bar ends that reduces the amount of torque you need to clamp your stuff on. Not everyone likes this finish, but they are very functional, plus they have a nice flexy feeling.
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: My point about the bearings in dropper levers is that they aren’t necessary. They add weight and cost for no performance gain. I bought one of those one up v2 droppers to replace the stock YT remote that came on my bike and found it was actually worse in function. It could not be set up in the right place for my thumb, the bearing was huge, something like 1” diameter. The lever flop that I hated on the stock remote was gone - but I realised the lever actually works better with the flop, because usually when mountain biking you’re going over bumpy ground when pressing the button. The sloppiness actually helps your thumb stay on the button because the lever can move with your body movements. The bearing is just pointless. It’s one of those things where people assume bearings are better than bushings when really it depends on the application. Kind of like with the reverb. People think that hydraulic actuation must be better but it actually doesn’t add any tangible benefit over a cable. Do you understand now or do you want me to explain it again?
The function of the part is more important than the weight. You build a bike to do the job and worry about weight later. Do alloy bars offer a tangible benefit at the cost of weight? Yes. Do bearings in dropper remotes offer a tangible benefit at the cost of weight? No they don’t. They may last longer, but how many years are you going to run a dropper lever? Has anyone ever worn one out? I certainly haven’t. I bet you that 100% of people who have replaced dropper lever bearings did so because the bearings got shagged by the weather, not by the number of rotations.
  • 1 1
 @jaame: So essentially, almost the entire industry making this part, the engineers designing the part, the people that own the brands, the reviewers of said parts and most customers are all pro bearing, jaame on the other hand knows better..... well you have convinced yourself so thats part of the battle, eh.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: all I’m saying is that there is room in the market for a well made aftermarket dropper remote without a big silly bearing. Let’s say ten companies are designing and in some cases manufacturing high end dropper remotes with bearings. If just one of them did same but with a bushing instead, I would definitely consider buying one.
And your comment about the designers and engineers knowing best, nice one! Everyone knows that no product has ever come to market in any industry based on what the marketing department thinks people want to buy, rather than what might be the best option. You got me with that one, well done! I feel like such an idiot now you’ve pointed that one out about the designers and engineers. Because I’m not a designer or an engineer, so obviously I don’t know what’s best for me. Thank you for showing me how silly I am. You’re really a lot smarter than me.
  • 1 1
 @jaame: nice rant. Get onto a manufacturer and try to persuade them to make an inferior product to their competitors then, seduce them by telling them you guarantee them a single sale...
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: Thanks for the suggestion. You're such a nice, intelligent guy. Have you got any more pearls of wisdom for me? Please give me the benfit of your experience a little more. I'm going over to the Best Tech from Mont Sainte Anne article next. I will probably post something in the comments. Can I ask that you go to that article now and look for my comments please, then explain why what I type is wrong? The more details the better. I feel today is a day I can really learn from you. Thanks in advance!
  • 35 1
 Too much branding/graphics.
  • 6 0
 Agreed
  • 2 0
 The Digit 2.0 branding is too much, the I'd be happy with the rest.
  • 2 0
 @NickBosshard: Agreed, it is the worst part.
  • 1 0
 Agree, too much branding.
  • 30 0
 Hmm? Thumbprint where my thumb goes... Who'da thought that? Can I get an A-hole on my saddle too? Oh wait...
  • 5 0
 Yeah, I'll happily sit on your bike!
  • 1 0
 @mtb-jon: Seat's taken!
  • 14 0
 I think it's time we put some Freeride ergonomics into these levers so I can stop carving the skin off my thumb everytime I get steezy (imo). My poor thumbs gettin pitted.
  • 12 3
 Thank goodness they put the fingerprint on there to show where to press, i would have no idea otherwise!
  • 4 0
 just what I need during my ride, a reminder of that trip to the hoosegow.
  • 3 1
 I've been using my forehead all this time
  • 4 0
 Next field test: dropper levers - woohoo

(To be fair when you have witnessed a bottle cage test published in a UK bike magazine , a dropper remote test actually seems exciting!)

PNW Loam is pretty sweet those looking for an upgrade.
  • 3 0
 Agree on the Loam lever. I've had a few Wolf Tooth levers (pretty nice) and used various others and the Loam lever just seems the nicest in all aspects. Fit, finish, comfort, solid feeling, etc.
  • 4 0
 So is 9point8 is making the levers in house now? Or is Wolftooth contracted to make them?
  • 2 1
 Yea are these USA made?
  • 1 0
 No idea but it says “Digit2.0 is designed and manufactured by 9point8.”
The Digit 1.0 is/was a WTC rebrand isn’t it?
  • 2 0
 I thought they had their own machine shop?
  • 1 0
 @gonecoastal: Yes, the original Digit was a Wolf Tooth ReMote with 9point8 graphics. It even had a wolf tooth logo on it as well as all the 9point8 stuff.
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure the original was just branded Woftooth ReMote LA. Also on the WT ReMote the whole point of the plastic axle is that it's a cheap sacrificial part that will break in a crash instead of the lever itself. I guess the folks at 9point8 don't crash!
  • 3 0
 @wareagle4130: You're right- if there's going to be a failure (and there will, at some point), it ought to be one that's cheap and easy to fix. That's why we have fuses on electronics.
  • 2 0
 Still looks a lot like the Wolftooth ReMote, especially the brake adapters, basically the same part.
  • 7 3
 agree with mdpetrie - looks v much like the ztto lever you can get from ebay for about £11 (I have two, they work v well)
  • 4 2
 Came here to comment on Ztto. You beat me to it. They work great.
  • 3 2
 I discovered the ZTTO lever when building my last bike. Good ergonomics, easy to set up and a killer price. Companies charging £40-50 or more for remotes are just taking the piss.
  • 1 0
 @GBeard: they do, they are a blatant Wolftooth knockoff, but if you are spending less than £50 on your whole dropper setup, who cares?
  • 2 1
 I imagine most people who buy something care that it works good no matter what they spent on it. Below $65 (converted from GBP) isn't some magical arbitrary number where I stop caring about quality. That is like half a day's wages for a minimum wage worker. Or did you mean that who cares because I am just proletariat scum who prefers to buy the more inexpensive item? Which by your own admission is equal in quality to the more expensive version.
  • 1 0
 @GBeard: You’re reading into my comment wayyyy too much. My comment was about lack of morals, not about quality.

My comment was to highlight that I don’t care about having a knockoff lever if it + my dropper cost than a new Wolftooth lever, which it did in my case. If I was putting it on a £2000+ bike, sure, I’d buy the Wolftooth one. It’s probably smoother anyway, and certainly looks better. But the bike I’ve put it on has costed me about £400 so far, and having a lever which is 17.5% of the bike’s value connected to a coil dropper post doesn’t make sense.
  • 1 0
 If that was the point you are trying to make then you worded it very poorly, let me help you out. "They do work great I agree, they are also a blatant wolftooth knockoff. Since I only spent 50 pounds on my entire dropper setup I don't care about it being a copy."
Also you say I read way too much into your comment, but also that I was supposed to mind read that :
1) you only spent 50 on your entire dropper setup when you used the word "you" in the third person.
2) that when choosing between two equal items there is somehow a moral decision involved because one costs less (there isn't, wolftooth didn't invent the dropper lever)
3) that you entire bikes worth is 400 pounds
Yeah, you are right my bad I should have known all of that. /sarcasm off
I am assuming English isn't your first language though so I give you the benefit of the doubt.
  • 2 0
 @GilesSTurner: Sorry, I'm an a*shole.
  • 5 1
 Can't stand the way the cable end sticks out of this thing, wolf tooth's is much cleaner imo.
  • 4 2
 looks like a Woolftooth knock off!
  • 2 0
 @tonybah: The original Digit was made by Wolftooth, don't know about this one, but the brake adapters look identical to the Wolftooth ones, just a redesigned lever.
  • 1 2
 I always appreciate new tech. But wouldn’t it be more effective to reposition the clamping of the levers? So in the assembly schematics they had grip > brakes > dropper. Why not go grip > dropper > brakes.

I guess the only benefit to these is the mechanical advantage for having a longer lever arm. But it’s not like it’s difficult to press the lever, even with arm pump.
  • 5 0
 Wouldn’t that depend on how far out you run your brake levers?
  • 4 0
 Having the Digit Lever too close to my grip removed skin from my thumb joint.
  • 1 0
 There's no reason you couldn't do that with most levers. KS had one that was built into a lock on clamp. Of course that would only work if you had tiny hands, most people with normal-sized hands and thumbs want levers about where they are now.
  • 3 0
 Depending on where you run your brake levers, having the dropper on the outside may be too close and on the inside may be too far. It's nice to have an in between adjust so you don't have to compromise on brake position
  • 2 0
 Still hoping for a 9POINT8 dropper with their awesome offset head and more traditional cartridge internals.
  • 1 0
 Would really like to see more vertical levers available. I find the horizontal design, even when moved inward, to be an obstruction to thumb movement.
  • 1 0
 Ugliest graphics ever seen on a remote lever. On first glance, it looks like the thumb paddle is worn off, until you get that it's a fingerprint graphic...
  • 2 1
 The human race is amazing - we can send someone to the moon, break the sound barrier and design a dropper seat post lever!!
  • 2 0
 Shimano just shitting the bed with I spec.
  • 4 5
 Maybe I’m wrong, but isn’t this literally the lever you can buy on ebay or amazon for $20? In the first pic it certainly is.
  • 7 0
 I doubt it. AFAIK 9Point8 doesn't just design and outsource production, but machines and builds all parts in-house in Ancaster (a suburb of Hamilton), Ontario.
  • 5 1
 I thought the ztto lever was a wolftooth knockoff. Is it not? This 9point8 looks less like a wolftooth.
  • 2 0
 @slovenian6474: the original Digit was manufactured by Wolf Tooth but it looks like they've now gone their separate ways.
  • 4 0
 @slovenian6474: The Ztto is a near-identical copy of the ReMote.
  • 3 0
 @Marc-Lindarets: Man, that's frustrating. Design and make something nice and there are knockoffs out so fast that people like me don't know which came first. Thanks for clarifying.
  • 2 0
 Well I Dig-it
  • 1 0
 Make 2+ not every body rides inadequate 1+
  • 1 0
 Does anyone recognize the brake lever in the first pic? Looks pretty nice.
  • 1 0
 Nevermind, I think it's the Formula R1.
  • 1 1
 65$...always surprised how expensive bits and pieces can be.
  • 2 0
 If you've ever used the crap levers that other mfr's sell with their dropper posts, you'll realize it's well worth it!
  • 3 0
 @Lemke: Yup, I agree, there is definitely some junk out there...mountain biking has a hell of a marketing program.
  • 3 1
 It amazes me how most brands have gone from including the lever with the dropper to selling them separately. Then they shout how much cheaper their droppers have become. But when you factor in the added cost of the lever, the price isn't cheap anymore. Talk about Mattel marketing practices.
  • 2 0
 @southoftheborder: definitely slick.
  • 1 1
 @southoftheborder: I see your point here but I do like the option of choosing a lever that I like the looks, build spec, and engineering of over the one that is supplied with any random dropper post. So it may actually be to the benefit of the consumer in this instance.
  • 2 0
 @jgottya1: Yeah, the cosumer loves to be charged amost the same amount of money for a decent shifter, a cmplete brake lever, or a simple dropper lever...
  • 3 5
 Now if only their droppers were worth a damn.
  • 1 0
 This. I'd be more likely to use a QR on a rigid post than f*ck around with one of their posts/levers again.
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