Shimano XTR SL-M980 Shifter

3.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $116.96


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Product Description

If you love the thought of running a single ring up front with XTR 10-speed in back, then this XTR Rapidfire Plus Rear Shift Lever SL-M980 is all you'll need. And if lightness and simplicity is what you seek, you won't be disappointed with the new XTR 980 design. It doesn't have an optical gear...


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kflehr a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2015

Strengths:    Shifts are quick, love that I can do 2 shifts in one stroke on the downshifts. To me, it performs just a little better than the SRAM shifters(my only experience is with demo bikes), but they both work really well.

Weaknesses:    I guess it could use more bling as the other reviewers stated, but that may mean additional cost with no increase in performance. For me, saying XTR and performing very well is bling enough. Removing the grips to remove the shifter is a little annoying, but that would mean some clamp that would weigh more and possibly cost more, and frankly I rarely take these things off very often, so not an issue for me.

Bottom Line:   
Always had good luck with Shimano shifters in the last 20 years that I have used them. Never had one fail on me. One thing I have noticed with the newer clutch rear derailleurs is the shifting effort has increased especially as you go into the bigger rings on the cassette. If I turn the clutch off, it is easier to shift. Supposedly this is effort is reduced on the 11sp system, but I haven't tried it yet. I would definitely recommend this shifter.

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Favorite Trail:   286

Duration Product Used:   Approximately 3 years

Similar Products Used:   XTR & XT 9sp shifters, both excellent no issues, XTR and XT 8sp shifters, again never any issues, Deore XT index shifter above the bar

Bike Setup:   Tallboy 2.0, Fox 34 120mm fork and Fox CTD shock, XTR M980 Trail stuff for drivetrain and brakes and recently switched from a 2x10 to a 1x10 system with 32T Wolf Tooth and 11-36T cassette, Thompson Elite Dropper post

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by minamiyuki rena a Cross Country Rider from miyako-gun, okinawa-ken, japan

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2011

Strengths:    lighter than previous version sl-m970, can be used for 20 or 30 speed combination which not available in previous version.

Weaknesses:    where's anodized lever engraving 'xtr' !? even lighter than previous one this 2011 version lack of finished, all new xtr groupset component such brake and crank are more cool except the shifter.

Bottom Line:   
MORE FEATURES but less finishing because removal of anodized lever to reduce weight. Cockpit doesnt look cool with this shifter...

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Favorite Trail:   local hills near shore, sometimes beach trail.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   141

Similar Products Used:   2010 xtr

Bike Setup:   full xc mtb with 17inch aluminium frame, 130 mm air travel, xt and xtr mix groupset.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by INTENSEcretAgent a Racer from NC

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011

Strengths:    Simple and true XTR design.

Weaknesses:    Old clamp system requires grips to still be removed. I-Spec mounting that combines with brake levers is stated by Shimano as not coming to the US!?

Bottom Line:   
Shimanos goofy marketing zaps the bennefits of their design again. There are probably better options for 2011 than Shimano.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $195.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint

Similar Products Used:   All previous XTR.

Bike Setup:   XC Race

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