Shimano XT Top Mounts (yes the old ones) Shifter

4.84/5 (125 Reviews)


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Shimano XT Top Mounts (yes, the old ones)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from north vancouver

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2011

Strengths:    Reliable, robust, and work forever...

Weaknesses:    Little tricky to find space on the bar to work with my brakes...

Bottom Line:   
Broke my rear 8 speed XT shifter so I replaced with these
off a bike that was being junked. Not as ergonomic but do they ever shift well? Kind of funny as these are the same type of shifters the bike came with...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Lots and lots of Shimano some SRAM...

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Blizzard XT/XTR, Chris King, Thomson etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xmessenger a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, BC.

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2011

Strengths:    Guess!100% reliable/bombproof. No cheap plastic inards. Easy to maintain and replace cable. Not too heavy for an old product.Friction front shifting is superior.Multi gears shifts in one move.

Weaknesses:    Admittedly, not perfect ergonomically.

Bottom Line:   
I have the DX thumbies(same as XT w/stamped steel instead of aluminum mount)These are from 1992!Still work great.Got em used and were a little sticky and a quick shot of lube had these snapping out shifts like new.These are the best I've used.They do not have the super light flick a light switch action like triggers but then there is very little throw AND I can drop lots of gears easy AND front shifts I have complete control over.Yes these will outlast your brand new ultra complicated uber shifter.

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Favorite Trail:   ones w/o horse and dog sh!t

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Grip shift 500's,X Rays, DX rf, 8spXT triggers.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TortugaFL a Cross Country Rider from Denver,CO

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2010

Strengths:    Bombproof-simple- ALWAYS WORKS

Weaknesses:    Seriously?

Bottom Line:   
I have used there on my Klein since 1988 and on the Trek since 1992. All I have done is just cleaned and lubed them once in a while. Come on, 20 + years and they still never miss a shift? Scour EBay, and trash all that other stuff. If you look around you'll find them. Maybe a little pricey, but they'll last longer than you will!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in CO

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   Suntour thumbies

Bike Setup:   Klein Pinnicle/ Trek 8700

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yellowknifebiker a Cross Country Rider from Yellowknife

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2009

Strengths:    These are bomb proof and flixible 6speed, 7speed, 8 speed could probably do 9 speed in friction.

Weaknesses:    Nothing they are perfect

Bottom Line:   
These are without a doubt the best shifters ever made. Don't be fooled that they say 7 speed they are 8 speed shifters in the M732. If you look at the m730 6 speed thumbies they are actually 7 speed, both have an aditional click. I have used rapid fire and although they may be more ergonomic I belive durability beets ergonomics. I had some XT 8speed rapids. Thought I would try them on a winter beater. two rides in -20 weather a bling it broke. Thumbies hundreds of rides in temperatures down to -40 where the bearings on the wheels siezed but the shifters kept on shifting (although little stiff below -30). I will use nothing else!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath Oakville

Similar Products Used:   grip shift, rapid fire etc

Bike Setup:   lots

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jo Curtis a Weekend Warrior from Edinburgh

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2007

Strengths:    Look Deece, work well, rarely seen, XT init!!

Weaknesses:    Not sold anymore, rare

Bottom Line:   
These shifters are wicked, I'm currently trying to source another set cause I broke mine when I was adjusting the ratchet the other day - Gutted!!

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   £55.00 new

Similar Products Used:   None - Theres only one thumbie


Bike Setup:   Orange P7 with Pace RC40, XT throughout, Mavic Crossrides (Wheels are Crap)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg H a Cross Country Rider from Phx, AZ

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2006

Strengths:    8spd baby! solid, proven. Old school, you bet! Screw that 9 spd horsesh*t. Adjust once, ride many.

Weaknesses:    Nothing. Bullet proof.

Bottom Line:   
you can find em, buy em! can't go wrong. seriously, a bullet proof setup. I'm considering 8spd for my recently purchased Titus SwitchBlade....

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Favorite Trail:   San Tan's

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   Cambriabikes.com

Similar Products Used:   OEM POS Deore

Bike Setup:   Trek 6500 - Marzocchi Comp ETA, XT der. front & rear, SRAM chain & cassette, DH pig pro headset, Avid BB7 mech's, Avid SD7 brake levers, LX crank, WTB motoraptor's, Shimano SPD m-647 pedals, Cane Creak thudbuster, Brooks B17 saddle, yes! :-) ODI Grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Smokee Dog a Cross Country Rider from Somewhere, Mass

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2005

Strengths:    Simple & indestructable!

Weaknesses:    No longer in production

Bottom Line:   
Simply the best MTB shifter design ever! The fact that they last forever and can withstand a beating is probably why they stopped making them - no profit in a product that you can use forever! I have destroyed so many sets of rapid fire shifters on my other bikes in the 10+ years that I have had these babies on my "retro" ride, that I can't even remember. BRING THEM BACK SHIMANO!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   OE

Similar Products Used:   Various rapid fire and twist shifters


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Yung a Weekend Warrior from McKinleyville

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2005

Strengths:    Bombproof. You can switch between Index or friction. The rapid shifter on my new mountain bike wore out and Iinstalled this babies, which continue to work flawlessly.

Weaknesses:    The price. $50.00 in 1992

Bottom Line:   
You can't go wrong with this shifters. It is simple, well made( the best Japanese engineering) and serviceable.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   LBS in 1992

Similar Products Used:   You name it I tried. Even the air shifters by Shimano.

Bike Setup:   Too many to list.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Schmidt a Weekend Warrior from Spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2004

Strengths:    Simple and they never fail.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I have about 20,000 mostly touring miles on these and they work like they did when I purchased the bike over 10 years ago. Shimano should read these reviews and start making them again.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Montlake Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Rapid Fire.

Bike Setup:   91 Bridgestone MBI.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Mesa, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2004

Strengths:    Simple.

Weaknesses:    Too simple

Bottom Line:   
When the index shifters first came out, I bought a set. I broke the right shifter on my 2nd ride (crash). I bought a new one and never had a broblem in the years, miles, and crashes that followed.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Everything


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Owen a Cross Country Rider from Yeppoon, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2004

Strengths:    simple yet effective

Weaknesses:    can't get parts anymore

Bottom Line:   
These shifters are bombproof though sometimes with dirty cables things need double shifting a bit (mind you I've done tens of thousands of K's in 15 years on these babies)
Easily runs 8speed on the 7p shifter and there is still another space....

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Favorite Trail:   somewhere green and shady

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Morati Ti frame mixture of older running gear Judy forks and also still run old XT cantilevers on front which are great

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Byron a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    simple, light, responsive, the best

Weaknesses:    not produced anymore

Bottom Line:   
A Collector's Item. If you ever run across a pair of these in your local bike shop graveyard grab them. But they most likely will have already been nabbed by your favorite mechanic because he knows their value: priceless.

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Favorite Trail:   All of Them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   bike shop in Missouri

Similar Products Used:   Everything else breaks, these don't.

Bike Setup:   7-speed Rockhopper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nethead Bob a Cross Country Rider from Charleston, WV, 25309

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2004

Strengths:    Keeps working. Cool retro factor.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
OEM on my 1990 Cannondale. This was before they started making suspension forks. 14 years later and I am still using the same pair. They have been hammered on and wrecked several times but still shift flawlessly. I love them.

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Favorite Trail:   Black Bear - Kanawha State Forest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   All


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by prod a Cross Country Rider from toronto ON CA

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2004

Strengths:    bulletproof,they are easy to use,quick shifting,easy to see or feel what gear youre in

Weaknesses:    Looking for another bike now, and I cant find thumbies :_(

Bottom Line:   
I look at other shift systems on new bikes and dont even want to touch them.
Been using these for 14yrs, never had a problem and they work great. What else is there to say?

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Favorite Trail:   don,rouge,hardwood

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   gripshift,rapidfire

Bike Setup:   bianchi supergrizzly (1990) all XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by angus henry a Weekend Warrior from ottawa

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2004

Strengths:    the most reliable, easiest to use system ever. I didn't even use my thumb More the side of my palm, they rocked and lasted. Simplicity and ease of use are paramount in all aspects of design blilliance and they were a stroke of genius. Shimano only discontinued them because they never wore out. The guy from London is dead wrong on all counts.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Truly one of the best components ever built. If shimano was smart they would do an anniversary release with some cool retro marketing and make a $%@%5load of cash.

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Favorite Trail:   Gatineau

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Bike cellar

Similar Products Used:   gripshift-sucked, rapidfire-ok but finnicky

Bike Setup:   Cindercone cro-mo, with the upgrade

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