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SRAM 1999 ESP 5.0 Shifter

2.74/5 (19 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Compatible with all ESP derailleurs
  • Available in 7 and 8 speed
  • Easy cable change
  • Grip cover design


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dave this is bull a Cross Country Rider from alaska

    Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

    Strengths:    nice,fast,crisp,cheap,

    Weaknesses:    nothing really but the rubber pads wear fast and need to be replaced

    Bottom Line:   
    awsome for the money, work great
    but when you get money upgrade to lx or xt
    its worth it and cheap

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    Favorite Trail:   any fast ones

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   some crudy store

    Similar Products Used:   xt,xtr,deore

    Bike Setup:   Marin hawk hill, uprgaded all XT, ritchey rims, titec stem and bar

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Kace a Cross Country Rider from Bristol, UK

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001

    Strengths:    light, cheap

    Weaknesses:    can be hard to grip in wet

    Bottom Line:   
    These have had a few complaints on the site, but they're not so bad. I don't know if i'd trust them to move the rear mech, but for L-hand use I don't think you need to spend much more. I actually like having 2-3 clicks between chainrings- you can "fine-tune" to prevent rub when using different rear cogs. Can be slippy in mud, otherwise reliable. Sure you can do better but for the price I reckon they're a good compromise

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano lever-type

    Bike Setup:   Front-sus XC

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by phil a Weekend Warrior from danville

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

    Strengths:    works sometimes

    Weaknesses:    doesn't shift smoothly, it's slow, you have to mess with it to get in the rihgt gear, pieces break off easy, it'a grip shift.

    Bottom Line:   
    if it didn't come on my bike it wouldn't be there

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    Favorite Trail:   kickapoo mt. bike trails 2b-4

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   local shop

    Similar Products Used:   the shifters on those cheap $80 NEXT bikes at walmart

    Bike Setup:   canondale m400

    Overall Rating:2
    Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Great grip- does not slip or slide of hand


    Weaknesses:    
    Shifting gets annoying-you have to click a million times before actually getting to the gear you want- i don't really like hand shifters


    Bottom Line:   
    This grip is alright, not too good. I wouldn't spend your money on it

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    Favorite Trail:   
    CA metroparks

    Duration Product Used:   
    3 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    none


    Bike Setup:   
    Mongoose MGX a80/ Judy t2 fork

    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by TOBY a Weekend Warrior from CHARLESTON WV

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 1999

    Strengths:    
    CHEAP


    Weaknesses:    
    CHEAP


    Bottom Line:   
    FRIEND BOUGHT A BIKE WITH THIS ON IT, PEICE OF CRAP. THEY ARE ON THOSE $100 HUFFY'S AT WALMART IF THAT TELLS YOU ANYTHING. FRIENDS WOULDN'T SHIFT, REGUARDLESS. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING INEXPENSIVE GO SHIMANO.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    WILDCAT

    Duration Product Used:   
    tested or demo'ed only

    Similar Products Used:   
    SHIMANO ACERA, ALIVIO



    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by RavenHawk a Weekend Warrior from Arlington, VA

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 1999

    Bottom Line:   
    These are terrible. I have older Gripshifts which are much better. It used to only have one click on the left shifter to get from 1-2 or 2-3. Now, there are 3 clicks to get there. This causes a lot of probems because if you shift in a hurry, you could wind up between 1-2 and not shift at all. I don't know why there are no other comments on this.... My old Gripshift 300's are FAR BETTER....not one problem in 6 years and only ONE CLICK!
    DO NOT BUY!

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    Duration Product Used:   
    1 Year


    Overall Rating:3
    Submitted by Avinash a Cross-Country Rider from North Haven, CT

    Date Reviewed: April 10, 1999

    Strengths:    
    When first bought shifting is smooth


    Weaknesses:    
    Wears out your hands and hurt. You can hit the brakes by accident when shifting all the way.


    Bottom Line:   
    This shifting is easy but it interferes and hurts your hands tremendously after long hours of use. I think you should use Rapid Fire SL (shimano with STX RC)

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    Duration Product Used:   
    more than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   
    Centera


    Bike Setup:   
    Univega 105 Mountain
    DX 5.3
    Raligh m8000 (Judy XC)

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by Francois a Weekend Warrior from pretoria

    Date Reviewed: April 7, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Strong, reliable and easily ajustable


    Weaknesses:    
    None that comes to mind


    Bottom Line:   
    I do not know how nice or easy it is to use rapidfires but these ESP 5.0 's is just fine for me. They are extremely easy to adjust, and actually needed only 2 minor adjustments throughout the year. They shift positively and not too easy so that you would shift unintensionally on a rocky singletrack. The advantage of gripshift is that you can shift a lot of gears with one twist. I have also fallen with my bicycle a couple of times and no harm came to my shifters or deraillers. I would think the ESP shifters would obviously work best with ESP deraillers (as they suggest in my Sunn manua).l

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    Duration Product Used:   
    1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   
    None


    Bike Setup:   
    1998 Sunn tonic, ESP deraillers

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Jarno a Cross-Country Rider from Holland

    Date Reviewed: April 3, 1999

    Bottom Line:   
    In the beginning the shifters didnt work fine on my Giant Box3 but fter some tweaking i can change gears with just a little twist.
    About changing gears downhill.
    JUST CHANGE TO THE RIGHT GEAR BEFORE GOING DOWN

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    Duration Product Used:   
    6 months


    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by Phil... a Cross-Country Rider from Alaska

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Cheap, light,


    Weaknesses:    
    Somewhat hard to service. Snap-together construction.


    Bottom Line:   
    They have work excellently for me, and given me no trouble that I can remember. I have yet to actually clean them in two years, and they just keep on working. Mine are the older non-ergonomic shape models. They have a cheap snap-together construction that harkens back to those nightmarish snap-together plastic airplane/car/tank models that fell apart within days of assembly. But these have stayed together, and havn't required much maintanence. I had to change a cable once. I think that the cable change could have been easier with a little more engineering. I have heared that the new models have a handy cable change hatch. So that grip would be null if I had the newer model.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Local no-name

    Duration Product Used:   
    2 Years

    Bike Setup:   
    Spec. RH
    STX rear derailleur (soon to be XT)
    STX RC front derailleur. SH-IG chain.

    Overall Rating:3
    Submitted by Dan a weekend warrior from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 1999

    Bottom Line:   


    Let me start off by saying that most reviews on this site seem biased, and that's understandable seeing how enthusiastic bikers are about their equipment; here I have an advantage as I neith love nor hate this product. Three stars are awarded this product for the following reasons: (1) they are affordable [I think, they came with the bike, erm] (2) They are not as great as Shimano XTs, but that is to be expected with the price drop [XTs deserve a 5 star if your are willing to pay the price]. (3) The initial troubles I had with getting the gears to work smoothly was solved by some simple tweaking and (4) all that said they probably deserve a 4-star rating, if it wasn't for the extreme pain to the hands from using these shifters; sure your won't break your thumb of tire it out but it will look like a skinned chicken before you adopt a more pain-free method of shifting. Not to be recommended for use in competition however, but then again I don't belive they were intended for competition seeing how they are the bottom end of SRAM's product range.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Drazi a weekend warrior from Tomball

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 1999

    Bottom Line:   


    The shifting of this product is quick and smooth, and has been problem free so far. It is a lot easier on your hands than the rapid fire shifters. You do not have to worry about your thumbs getting tired.

    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by Matt Kaufman a cross-country rider from Pennsylvania

    Date Reviewed: January 10, 1999

    Bottom Line:   


    I have a Grip Shift Centera shifters on my Trek bike. They are terrible! they do not shift right, even after having them adjusted. I already broke some of the Grip Shift shifters on my KHS bike. DO NOT BUY THESE PIECES OF JUNK!!!

    Overall Rating:4
    Submitted by Tyler a cross-country rider from California

    Date Reviewed: January 9, 1999

    Bottom Line:   


    i dont know what these other people are talking about! GripShifts are very long lasting and they are very smooth going up hills. If u want classic shifters that last, get some GripShifts.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Ben mottershead a downhiller from england

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 1999

    Bottom Line:   


    Top shifters excelant price for first time grip shifting not had any quibles and Ive had them for 3 years they doent need loads of maintanaince perfect for first time upgrades from standard to more competetive

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