Shimano STX-RC Shifter Shifter

3.72/5 (65 Reviews)


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Shimano STX-RC Shifter


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yochatman

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2012

Strengths:    Won't die; Shift reliably and smoothly; just keep going

Weaknesses:    they do like to skip when climbing.

Bottom Line:   
I bought a Mongoose SX 6.5 new in 1999 and these were the stock components that came with the bike; full STX-RC throughout. This was my go to bike for everything for about 8 years. In 2005 I picked up a Carbon Fiber Trek with XTR rear and XT front, and they were pretty nice, but not any better than the STX-RCs, and this was a 2000 Trek. In 2007 I got a GF Cobia with Deore and after about 6 months I sold it and went back to old reliable. This Mongoose has seen between 8000 and 10000 miles in its life, and it still works! Now it has had about 3 tune ups in those years, and I have to adjust the derailleurs now every couple months, but for 13 year old shifters and derailleurs, that's pretty good! Luckily this thing is a workhorse. It has seen lots of Single Track, and carrying as much as 250 lbs on it. I would say that this thing is pretty amazing. Sadly, after 13 years and many, many miles, it's time to hang in the towel and again try something new! What should I get?

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bobby nuguid a Cross Country Rider from phillipines

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2007

Strengths:    low maintenance,accurate,light weight,brake lever is very responsive,not to pricey.

Weaknesses:    hard to find product anymore

Bottom Line:   
in my opinion other reviews posted here are not that accurate or they think they are using the model stx-rc shifter and brake lever combination 7-speed.these are made in japan the last remaining few that is belonging to the lower end groups. they are very rigid shiny, precise and stiff and at par with the lx shifters.anybody tight on a budget should buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   licao-licao macabud bulacan

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   decimal manila

Similar Products Used:   shimano alivio,altus

Bike Setup:   hardtail apache tomahawk shimano deore,sr suntour xcr travel adjust with lockout 100mm,answer riser handle bar,maxxis holy roller 26x2.4.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BADman Bully a Racer from scotland

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2007

Strengths:    it's metal so it's way tuff enuff

Weaknesses:    nun

Bottom Line:   
the best shifter on the market

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Favorite Trail:   death

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $5.00

Similar Products Used:   xtr down and sram stuff

Bike Setup:   steel with cheap stuff and dear stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrekJeff a Cross Country Rider from Flint, MI USA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2007

Strengths:    Been relable for 10years

Weaknesses:    Starting to show it's age. DOesn't want to shift in 30 degrees or below temps

Bottom Line:   
I was going to upgrade the entire bike but now plan to leave it as is. I decided to do a build up on a new frame and keep this as a back up bike.

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Favorite Trail:   The dirt ones

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Stock 1995 Trek 7000SHX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrekJeff a Cross Country Rider from Flint, MI USA

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2007

Strengths:    Been relable for 10years

Weaknesses:    Starting to show it's age. DOesn't want to shift in 30 degrees or below temps

Bottom Line:   
I was going to upgrade the entire bike but now plan to leave it as is. I decided to do a build up on a new frame and keep this as a back up bike.

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Favorite Trail:   The dirt ones

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Stock 1995 Trek 7000SHX

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andy pearce a Cross Country Rider from Northants, UK

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2006

Strengths:    cheap as hell in the 7spd version,
well made inners, eg quality metal gears inside
very smooth shift


Weaknesses:    cheap plastic outer

Bottom Line:   
a very good shifter, if you ride 7spd the chances are your not into spending mega money on your bike, these do the job very well and shift as well as the old lx (as they are the same inside. they are not as good as say an xt but if you break one then the only difference is £20.
PERFECT FOR COMMUTING OR LIGHT XC (maybee a ittle light trials.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   woolyhatshop

Bike Setup:   stx shifter on lx mech. shimano cables (oiled regularly)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matej Misvelj a Weekend Warrior from Slovenia

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2005

Strengths:    cheap (?), looks good - speed indicator

Weaknesses:    it does not work in the cold - the spring breakes
you have to push it a little further to change gear up


Bottom Line:   
it is a good product, never cleaned inside and still working after 6 or 7 years ( ~10000 miles) of road and easy cross country use
they are good shifters for recreative bikers, not as good as LX, but still way better than gripshifts

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   LX, sram gripshift

Bike Setup:   stx-rc rear deraileur, alivio front, OEM cables

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2004

Strengths:    Cost.

Weaknesses:    Don't last very long. Damage easily.

Bottom Line:   
I've gone through 3 of these and the spring for the return tends to break. I only use the bike for commuting. These are not breaking from impacts, etc., but just wear. I purchased a used LX a few years ago to replace one of the STX-RC, and this shifter, purchased somewhat beat up, has outlasted 2 other right-side STX-RC shifters that were purchased new. I've decided to longer buy these even though there is not much avail. for 8-speed. Shouldn't have to replace these 1x per year as though it's a consumable.

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Favorite Trail:   Vancouver

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   50.00

Similar Products Used:   LX

Bike Setup:   STX/Deore/LX/XT

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cameron Sprowl from Markham, Ontario, Can

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2004

Strengths:    Considering the amount of kilometers I've put on my bike, these shifters are great, for the beginner.

Weaknesses:    Uphill shifts, even when careful can cause slippage, and the front derailleur has very touchy calibration.

Bottom Line:   
Learn on them, move on to better.

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Favorite Trail:   Seaton Hiking Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Giant, B.C.

Similar Products Used:   Deore, Alivio

Bike Setup:   Stock Giant ATX 860 '98

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bernie Miranda a Weekend Warrior from Philippines

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth Shifting on flat roads, Nice Design

Weaknesses:    Poor Shifting on Uphills, gears are cracking.

Bottom Line:   
A good choice for an average quality bike, I cannot recommend this to serious MTB cyclist, this is good for hobbyist only.

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Favorite Trail:   Southwoods / Pagudpud

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   D Wheelers at Cartimar

Similar Products Used:   Alivio, Acera, SunRace

Bike Setup:   MOB ( Men on Bike )

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Donavan Tan a Cross Country Rider from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2003

Weaknesses:    when shifted to heavier gears,the derailler will the other way. i wonder is the product really safe to be used.It totally confused me and i got to buy a new one with a different model.i hope SHIMANO could make an explanation.

Bottom Line:   
I cant setup my RD.The model is SHIMANO RAPID RISE comfort c030 Technology.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   friend


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2003

Strengths:    Rapid fire, can skip several gears down at once.

Weaknesses:    Built like crap out of frail plastic housing. I broke mine when I fell. Total garbage.

Bottom Line:   
STX RC shifter is crap for reliability. They came stock on my bike so I had no choice. Too much plastic in the construction. I've fallen far more times than I care to mention on my XT shifters and brake levers on hard rock and dirt. They've slipped and rotated on the handlebars, but they've never failed, bent, or compromised performance. If you're in a position to choose, forget the STX RC junk.

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Favorite Trail:   Gatineau Trail 18

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Full Cycle

Similar Products Used:   XT 8-speed rapid-fire shifter / brake lever combo. O;d-skool friction thumb-shifters (suck)

Bike Setup:   '99 Kona Cinder Cone w/ '02 Manitou Black Elite, XT shifter / lever combo, Welgo platform pedals, Terry Liberator Race Ti saddle. Waiting on Santa Cruz Heckler w/ Vanilla 125R, 5th element air, full XT incl. disc brakes, Mallet Cs . . . hurry up damnit!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joel a Cross Country Rider from Tokyo, Japan

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2003

Strengths:    Accurate shifts, reliable. Better than any twist shifters I've tried.

Weaknesses:    Not as smooth as higher end components.

Bottom Line:   
Use teflon cables and a Rollamajig and the shifting will be much lighter and smoother. Great for entry-to mid-level riders on a budget. Buy them now, 8 speed gear is on the endangered species list!

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Favorite Trail:   Reservoir

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   UBP

Similar Products Used:   SRAM, Grip-shift.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale M800, LX crank and front/rear derailleurs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wade McGhee a Cross Country Rider from Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2003

Strengths:    Great shifting, crisp and tough. I beat these for over 3 years now (came on bike) and they still work good. I've thought I would upgrade when they failed, but they won't fail!

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
These impressed me so much that when the cheap crap shifters broke on my girlfriends Trek 4300 (cheap lever/shifter combo), I bought these at a great deal. They are cheap and easily feel as good as Deore or LX shifters.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Gripshift (turds)
Deore, LX (Buddies rides)


Bike Setup:   '99 Trek 6000, upgraded front derailler to Deore, LX crank set, a few other necessities.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Kirksville, Missouri USA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2003

Strengths:    easy, crisp shifting, very durable(layed bike down on pavement at 30 mph, most stress on shifters & brake levers and only scuffed them) have had them for about 6-7 years, older 7 spd model

Weaknesses:    have to push the level a bit further in front to jump up gears, but thats not a big deal

Bottom Line:   
very good product, would require some serious abuse to destroy, great for the beginning riders and budgeted people

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   crap walmart specials, grip shifters(worst ever)


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