Shimano Airlines Shifter/Derailleur System Shifter

4.5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1600.00


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken McGinn a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2007

Strengths:    Shimano Airlines is a semi automatic shifting system which shifts as fast as you can push the levers. Precise shifts requiring hardly any mechanical force to shift. At the end of a long run when you are toast, you can go from flat out and shift all 7 gears very quickly without much effort. It shifts in the air much better then cables. Extremely bullet proof rear derailleur is much more durable then anything else. Shift levers are more adjustable then others allowing a custom fit, if properly adjusted you don't open your grip as much on the handlebar when shifting. Airlines never goes out of adjustment because of cable stretching.

Weaknesses:    Cold temperatures and high altitude effect shifting performanc.If running bottle on the downtube do not for get to put the valve cap on because high speeds{50mph) pushes the valve stem in releasing all the air in the tank.

Bottom Line:   
If you have to ask how much for this product dont apply. I have no regrets and they still work after 7 years of use. Shimano produced a limited production run of Airlines strictly for downhill racing and I was very fortunate to be involved in the R&D.

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont Quebec

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Shimano

Similar Products Used:   I am waiting

Bike Setup:   Intense M1,DMAX,HAYES,MANITOU

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charles S. Le Blanc a Weekend Warrior from Saint-Hubert

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2003

Strengths:    uncredible!! it is the futur of bike! it shift when you want to shift and how you want to shift, in mud or water, never need oil on wire because you dont have wire you can shift 300 to 600 shift never need adjustement

Weaknesses:    when its below 0°C it cant shift because of the air density so you can't use it winter , hard to find replacement part (if you'll need some)hard to fill the air tank completly (140 psi)you can fill it if you have an air compressor, in a garage the compressor dont full my tank (it dépend of the pressure on the compressor) And so in garage it could have water in the air compressor. You dont want water in your air tank

Bottom Line:   
only 7 speed
cant use front derailleur
uncredible shifting power
expensive but you pay for what you get

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Favorite Trail:   Rive-Sud & Montréal Streets

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   André-Primeau Vélos inc.

Similar Products Used:   nothing Similar exist today but me and my friend try to build something like the airlines .. it will be the nextgénération of derailleur!!

Bike Setup:   2step 2001 frame,SHIMANO AIRLINES SETUP(2 shifter, valve, 2air tank, derailleur, casette and ose),FOX Vanilla 125RLC Fork, atomlab trailpimp rim(2x), Hugï FR hub(2x),dt spokes(72x), IRC Kujo tire(2x), hayes hydraulic disc brake, Azonic shorty deluxe stem, Race Face thermo sp headset, race face handle bar, Race face evolve dh bottom bracket, race face north shore dh crank,mrp slalom 36T chainguide, race face XY seatpost, Planet X xuranus seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by steve from sterling heights

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2003

Strengths:    works incredibly well, a great idea

Weaknesses:    ex-freakin-pensive, limits amount of gears u can run, heavy, only 600 some shifts till its out of air (but u shouldn't be shifting more than 600 times on a downhill run)

Bottom Line:   
System works incredibly well, it has two shifter levers, one for each side of the handlebar, cuz u can't run a front derailleur, might be cool for a downhiller, but the product is expensive and heavy and limits the amount of gears u can run, nonetheless another great innovation from the peeps at shimano

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake Rec

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   nothin like it

Bike Setup:   specialized P-2, i think, really cool bike, kid's brother works supergo, got him the stuff for cheap

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul "Too Tall" smythe a Downhiller from cali

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2002

Strengths:    hella smooth, totally quick shifts. looks trick and you'll be the only cat to have 'em on the lift line

Weaknesses:    heavier than my old set up, but i make up for it with the b*tch*n speed i gain on full on POWER shifts! gotta fill up the tank once in a while but you gotta' pay if ya' wanna' play.

Bottom Line:   
i always ride the best so i had to pick these bad boyz up and im glad i did. im the only dude ive ever seen ridin' em and all my homiez always want to take it for a run down the mountain. this is for the man who wants the best and plays hard. ya only live once so do it right and buy em!

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Favorite Trail:   rubicon trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   cambria bike online

Similar Products Used:   all xtr before, but now that this is the shizzy i just had to get it. i always ride the best.

Bike Setup:   balfa bb7 HANDMADE in canada (where all the best riders are, meaning these guys know how to test the shizzy out of somethin before they sell it) race face cranks (more canadian thunder!) sun rimz, intense tires, lots of titec, king headset (what else, right?) and hayes 8"ers to slow this bad boy down.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scooter a Downhiller from Folsom Ca

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2002

Strengths:    Shifts instantly, never need to adjust derailuer after installing,1000 times better than brand new XTR.
Different shifter for up shift and down shift(a little akward at first)


Weaknesses:    The two shifters (left and right side) were hard to get used to after switching from normal Shim. rapidfire, trying to get replacment parts will be a pain if I ever need them. Gear ratios suck, you can only use one cassette and it's a 11-26t, I run a 44t up front and with the 26t rear on a 60-65lb. bike is not fun to climb

Bottom Line:   
This is absolutley the best drivetrain I have ever ridden!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Direct ( I work at a shop)

Similar Products Used:   There is nothing similar

Bike Setup:   02 Rocky Mountain RM9, Shiver, profile cranks, Mr. dirt guide, brooklyn pedals, seismic 6" hubs, hopey dampener, hayes disc w/ razor rock upgrades, hurricane post, king steelset

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by John Birney a Weekend Warrior from Welland, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2002

Strengths:    Shifts fast, nice feel, very light

Weaknesses:    you get about 400 Shifts, when it is 50 degrees or warmer outside, below 50 you might be able to squeeze about ten shifts before you have to stop and refill the tank. Pain to set up, always have to keep the tank full, for set up, alot harder then one might think. Oh yeah if u like 27 speeds well, if u get these u drop to 7, not designed for the front chain ring so i have it set on the middle ring

Bottom Line:   
If you live in a warm climate I say buy them, there a plast to use, and very eye catching on the bike, Kinda makes a mountain bike look like it is on life support LOL. If you live in a cooler climate like me get use to pumping it up alot or limit yourself to one gear of 6 months out of the year, I find myself using them only for the summer

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Favorite Trail:   Short Hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   E-bay

Similar Products Used:   None first pair of Airlines

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Thin Air, Hayes 8" hydrolic disc brakes, Shimano wh-m595 rims, Shimano Airlines shifters, shimano M-585 pedels

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