Shimano Deore Shifter

3.91/5 (34 Reviews)
MSRP : $29.00


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Great value on 9 speed compatible shifters from Shimano.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kjmccarx a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2014

Strengths:    Works every time, shift two gears/press in the rear, cheap.

Weaknesses:    Eventually broke

Bottom Line:   
I've been using these for XC use for almost six years, and I really like them. I recently smashed my front (left) shifter on a hard fall on a slab of granite, the shifter still worked, but the plastic display was broken... no big deal though. And then about 3 weeks after I smashed the display I took another hard fall off a small (6 foot) cliff and now it is stuck in first gear. I still rate these 4 stars though since they worked really well until I started abusing them. I would recommend these for anyone who is looking for an inexpensive XC shifter.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Aaron

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2012

Strengths:    Inexpensive, thumb paddle works well, good ergonomics

Weaknesses:    finger trigger...see summary

Bottom Line:   
So, I am not fond of these shifters because of the finger triggers. They work perfectly when pressing outwards with your thumb to shift, but when pulling inward with your finger, it seems like you have to slightly press down at the same time to get it to actually shift...I've tested this on two sets of these shifters and both exhibited the same symptoms.

They work well enough, but I wouldn't get them again.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jamesbrown a Cross Country Rider from Gold Coast

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2011

Strengths:    Strong, functional, cost effective.

Weaknesses:    Nil

Bottom Line:   
Amazing quality for the price. I have been using these everyday for the past 3 months and have never had any issues with them. Such a drastic improvement over the Alivio series. It really is worth the little extra to keep components inline with the quality of the frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Coot-tha

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Alivio, Altus, SRAM X.5

Bike Setup:   Avanti Aggressor 2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by M.C. a Cross Country Rider from wall, nj, usa

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2011

Strengths:    inexpensive, precise

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Nice shifters that work as well as shimano's higher end offerings. No problems with mine after 2 years of hard use.

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Favorite Trail:   Allaire Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   shimano lx shifters

Bike Setup:   Kona garbanzo four, rd m770 rear derailleur, lx front derailleur

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GTIdrive a Cross Country Rider from Swindon, Wiltshire

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2011

Strengths:    Great action, quick to change.

Weaknesses:    Lots of wear and tear, difficult to tune/ adjust.

Bottom Line:   
I have used these for about a year now. They were in immaculate condition when i bought them, and due to the bike's layout, they have seen a lot of abuse. Only issue I have had is that they are hard to tune and the clamp for the cable is a little temperamental; also, the shifter on the handlebars is very difficult to take apart. I had a sheared gear cable due to cold weather, and it took me the best part of 2 hours just to get the remains out. Apart from this, great drivetrain system.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Private Sale

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore xt

Bike Setup:   GT IDrive XCR5 w/ Hayes nine brakes all round + Shimano deore mega 9 gears front and rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Galen a Weekend Warrior from Cordova, AK, US

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2010

Strengths:    Held up for over 5 years of nearly constant year round riding around coastal Alaska.

Weaknesses:    Nothing really

Bottom Line:   
Cheap workhorse shifters that came stock on bike. Never had to mess with them much, they shifted really well right up until they just flat out fell apart.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Whiskey Ridge Tradin

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   05 Kona Cinder Cone

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hellvin a Weekend Warrior from singapore

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2008

Strengths:    Decent looking, Shifts quite well,

Weaknesses:    Havnt reali experienced one

Bottom Line:   
Though it doesnt feel as tight as the XTR and the XT, works well enuff for someone like me.

If you set up ur derailleurs properli, they work almost damn well...not XT,XTR well. hahas.

Looks nice too, black nvr goes outta fashion.

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Various shimano shifters and cheap sram revos

XTR


Bike Setup:   08 GT Avalanche 1.0 D

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dean c a Cross Country Rider from weymouth, ma, us

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2008

Strengths:    smooth shifting. designed to be out of the way.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
got these to relace stock altus pods that seized up during winter storage a few years back. great up grade.nice, smooth shifting, durable component for those of us into mtn biking and not looking to break the bank.

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Favorite Trail:   wompatuck higham, ma

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   western preformance

Similar Products Used:   altus pods, grip shift

Bike Setup:   altus / acera deraillers

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jonathan a Weekend Warrior from NYC, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007

Strengths:    Afordable comes stock on a lot of bikes

Weaknesses:    Cheap and weak mine broke after 6 months with out any crashes to explain the breakage

Bottom Line:   
Since it probably came with your bike don't worry about them until they break. When they do buy something better.

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Favorite Trail:   in NYC? fuggettaboutit

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:    Renaissance Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Alivio, Deore

Bike Setup:   2004 Jamis xlt Drop off fork maxis minion tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Camel a Downhiller from CA, FL

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2006

Strengths:    Still shifting fine after 4 years of abuse. So very intuitive and comfortable (for me).

Weaknesses:    All the plastic around it is not very durable. In fact, the gear indicators and bottom caps have busted off mine due to crashes, but it has not affected performance at all.

Bottom Line:   
Great value. I have never felt a need for any higher grade than this.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   IC Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Worked in a bike shop, so I could try many bikes.

Bike Setup:   Freeride/ All Mountain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from Gardner MA USA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap, work well in almost any condition(for a little while anyway), great start for a cheap 27 speed build

Weaknesses:    I took a spill in some mud and the right side optical gear display stops working every now and then, still shifts tho.

Bottom Line:   
These are great for the guy wanting to upgrade his setup to a 27 speed like I did. They are pretty reliable but I've decided to upgrade to LX and hold onto these for Ice Biking;)

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Favorite Trail:   LSF, MA

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio

Bike Setup:   02 Kona Bear

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Josiah a Weekend Warrior from Wheaton, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006

Strengths:    shift well when in tune w/ the ders.

Weaknesses:    don't shift well when not in tune w/ der.

Bottom Line:   
good, standard, stock shifter for a lot of bikes, but need to be adjusted properly to work really well. i recently purchased a new bike with the reverse shifting on the right hand shifter... the name of that tech. doesn't come to mind but it will be nice to have once i get used to it

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   On bike at Performance bike and eBay.com

Similar Products Used:   none really i had a bad experience w/ gripshifts (pain in the buttocks don't buy unless they are really nice ones... actually don't buy gripshifts at all

Bike Setup:   stock on a GT Avalanche 1.0 (2006) and a Giant Iguana (2002)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Quebec City, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2006

Strengths:    Always shifts no matter the conditions
Simple and easy to fix mecanism


Weaknesses:    The bottom lever can break

Bottom Line:   
Well, considering the abuse I put my shifter through,it lasted quite a while. But, its still fustrating when it breaks while riding on a paved road.

There is a weakness in the bolt that heald my bottom lever...one of the strongest part of the shifter...supposively.

Don't expect this shifter to last forever.

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Favorite Trail:   Mont-St-anne

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with my bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SIS, Altus, XT

Bike Setup:   Haro X1 2004

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from Sydney

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2005

Strengths:    These are virtually unbreakable!!! Shifts easily and does everything its ment to!!!

Weaknesses:    Breaks on really hard impacts, you cannot fit your finger under the trigger. Hard to get used to after riding Acera shifters.

Bottom Line:   
Really great shifters!!! Does everything its ment to, shifts nicely, everything you could possibly ask for in a shifter. Except maybe that you cant see which gear your in but who cares!!!

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Favorite Trail:   The Great North Walk

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Acera Rapid Fire shifters.

Bike Setup:   Norco Bigfoot stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by steve a Weekend Warrior from michigan

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2005

Strengths:    good shifting with a good der. tough last a long time.

Weaknesses:    depending on the ders acourse it acts better or worse.

Bottom Line:   
you get what u pay for or what the price of the bike is but i do admit they are good not the same level as xt 750 pods but then again they cost more and anyone on this site who writes review or looks at them for future upgrading and reviews know when it comes to bikes you get what you pay for higher means in most cases the better unless you get specials from some sites.they are good shifters tough last a good long time with aleast lx ders they shift good anything else no so good alot of loose play.the shifters are well worth the money you buy for them.most likely won't win races with them but will shift good enough to do single tracks when there alot of hills up and down.I'm used to xt's now so deore shifters are now in the past now since pods are at a good price but if i got a another and when i do and if they come with it i would't make a big deal of it.

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Favorite Trail:   single tracks

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   stx

Bike Setup:   gt 2004 gt i-drive all xt,chris king head set,sun rhyno lite with shimano 756 wheels,titec hell raiser bars,race face stem,shock theray floating brake and hanger,terry fly cromo saddle,jucy 7's 6" brakes,reba fork, fox rp3 shock

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