Shimano SL-M970 Shifter

5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $360.00


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Product Description

PreferTo stay with aTraditional (non Rapid Rise) rear derailleur?These are your shifters of choice.They feature a new sliding mount for optimized positioning with your brake levers. Designed for use with aTraditional rear derailleur (971, 750, 570, etc) Kit includes left and right shifter, plus cables and housing 215 grams Handles 9 speed drivetrains andTriple cranks These raiseThe bar over previous RapidFire shifters with key features:Instant-release shiftingA click ofThe release l


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Micka a Cross Country Rider from QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight
Very light & quick shifting
Instant release
Choice of thumb/index finger for up shifts (i.e. to harder gear)


Weaknesses:    No gear indicator

Bottom Line:   
Paid approx. AUD$220.

Shifter set comes with teflon coated cables, housings, ferrules, rubber crud stoppers. Housing is sections, not full length.

My time on the XT dual control seems to have permanently changed my shifting technique - I hardly use the multiple downshifts available (up to four gears in one throw of the lever) due to my subconscious anticipation of what gear to be in ahead of the obstacle.

At the same time I bought these I bought a pair of XT M765 hydro levers (to replace my dual control setup). These levers to not fit nice & flush with the XTR shifters (forced to have brake levers/shifters at a slightly different angle to each other due to bolts/master cylinders getting in each others way). I've found a good compromise position but I am looking at getting a new XT brake setup to completely resolve this issue.

I put no gear indicator as a weakness, it's not really - ride by feel, not by a number!

Yes they are a bit expensive, but worth it. Ball bearing internals means no signs of a weakening mechanism as deore was starting to show at a year old.

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Favorite Trail:   Neverending

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Deore rapidfire (3+yrs), '04 XT Dual control (3+yrs), '08 XT rapidfire (tested)

Bike Setup:   SC Blur LT1, full length gear housing, XT M772 Shadow long cage

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fcaw11 a Weekend Warrior from SGV, CA

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2009

Strengths:    Lighting fast shifts, no gear indicator, light weight. Downshifting can be down with index finger or thumb. Adjustablity of shifter reach. All metal internals.

Bottom Line:   
It'll make your non m970 deraileurs shift faster, period.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   E-tailor

Similar Products Used:   SL-M569, SL-M760, X9

Bike Setup:   XC FS rig, mountain mix

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob R a Cross Country Rider from Park CIty Utah

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2009

Strengths:    Light, snappy shift, rapid shift

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
These work very well. I have them set up with XTR rapid rise. I was concerned about the compatibility with the rapid rise since several stores state that these work best with normal high derailleurs. I like the fact I can downshift dump several gears by just holding my index finger on the lever. The rapid fire feature is great combined with the rapid rise..

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Favorite Trail:   Crest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   XTR shifter/brake combos

Bike Setup:   Dean Ti Duke softail, Crossmax SL, XTR drive train, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jorge Liwanag a Cross Country Rider from Fairfax, Va

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2008

Strengths:    Many possible position. Accurate and precise shifting. You can also use only your thumb in both upward or downward shifting!!! Not only that but also on the same push motion!!! - on two different levers.

Weaknesses:    Need to remember for the 1-2 weeks which lever is up shift and down shift. - if using the above strength.

Bottom Line:   
The BEST upgrade I had.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   E-bay Store

Similar Products Used:   Nothing I know with the same advantage as the above strength

Bike Setup:   Full-suspension cross country build up

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Muell Torvald a Cross Country Rider from kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2007

Strengths:    Smooth responsive shifting, adjustable pod position without moving clamp, dual action release lever

Weaknesses:    Not a weakness, but most user should be aware there's no gear indicator

Bottom Line:   
I was an original shimano XT shifter & derailleur user. Derailleur broke, so I decided to try the Sram X.9. The 1:1 actuation meant longer actuation travel for the thumb shifter. Shifting performance was smooth, but I got stubby thumbs, which made it slightly uncomfortable to shift. I really liked SRAM's thumb up and downshift, so I decided to move back to Shimano once I've found out they had something similar. My greatest initial concern with the XTR was that the release lever can unload 2 gears instead of the standard 1. One may think this can cause accidental mis-shift. I'll be honest, it can, but only under extreme conditions, such as while trying to shift on a very bumpy ride/climb (very rare). It did took slightly more effort to get the 2nd click on the release lever. My XTR shifter is tied to my XTR derailleur, so shifting performance was very very smooth and predictable. Overall, I'm very happy with the performance of the product and it had lived up to the past reputation of XTR products.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Custer Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   SRAM X.9, Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Big Sur, Crossmax SL, Rockshox SID, XT crank and XTR shifter/derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2007

Strengths:    The adjustable mount.

Bottom Line:   
The shifters operate flawlessly as you'd expect. The dual release is a nice feature that gives you a choice of thumb or index finger shifting. The fact that you can move the shifter on it's mount will help you find the exact reach for your hand and offer a bit more selection for lever placement.

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   online retailer

Similar Products Used:   Older XTR shifters

Bike Setup:   TiSport GMan, XTR, Hope, Velocity rims, Fox fork< etc.

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