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SRAM 1999 ESP 9.0 SL Shifter

4.66/5 (38 Reviews)
Weight : 185 g/pair


Product Description

SRAM ESP 9.0 SL Shifter (for use with SRAM ESP 9.0SL Derailleurs only)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael a Racer from Berkeley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2004

Strengths:    Set it and forget it. Front der. trimming ability. Ability to keep your fingers on the bar. No "gear indicator" nonsense. Brainlessly simple operation. Cool carbon fiber finish (poseur points...)

Weaknesses:    None (period)

Bottom Line:   
I'm a long-time rider, mechanic, and part-time racer. I recommend sram drivetrain components to any rider seeking advice. Don't even bother with that other S company. SRAM stuff is so sweet: put it on, set the limits, pull a little cable tension, go ride. It just works. Maybe feed it a little grease once in a great while and replace a worn-out grip. I supposed if Shi*ano ever figures out what SRAM is doing so well, we may have to worry, but thankfully they're too busy making flourine bushings and other fiddly stuff that's supposed to be replaced every 6 - 8 months. Yeah right.
Shut up and ride.
Got to get a shout out to Mike at Universal Cycles. Check 'em out, great deals and excellent service.

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Favorite Trail:   the one with the dirt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Rapidfailure.

Bike Setup:   blah blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Eckley a Weekend Warrior from Avon Lake,Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2003

Strengths:    crisp shifts-looks(cleaner looking cockpit) feel-ease of maintenance

Weaknesses:    no longer made

Bottom Line:   
much faster shifting than my '02 Stumpjumper Pro setup with XTR derailleurs and XT rapidfire shifters. I will be switching that rig to some N.O.S. Sachs power grip extremes I found on ebay cheap! ($25.00)U.S.

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Favorite Trail:   any of 'em

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   ebay new

Similar Products Used:   other sram shifters - shimano Deore-LX-XT

Bike Setup:   Last of the medium Zaskar TEAM: XTR front, rear was 9.0SL soon to be XO, Sid carbon race

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by weather expert a Weekend Warrior from iowa

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2002

Strengths:    quick shifts, firm grip, light.

Weaknesses:    maybe the grips that came w/ the shifters? i never used them.

Bottom Line:   
fast and intuitive shifts with positive but not loud clicks. light action. i could retain a firm grip on the bar when i shift. not bulky as later models, and no indicator gimmicks. stealthy and utilitarian look.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   new from eBay

Similar Products Used:   lx, xt...oh wait those aren't anything similar.

Bike Setup:   Mrazek XC rig.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ralph a Cross Country Rider from El Segundo, CA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2001

Strengths:    Simple, light, durable, shifts extremely well, ergonomically perfect for me

Weaknesses:    SRAM stopped making the shorty shifters for a while -- D'oh!

Bottom Line:   
Shifters were OEM, outlasted the original frame, and now are on my Airborne. I know shifting method is personal preference, but I just love the ability to dump gears instantly with a flick of the wrist, and to be able to trim the front derailleur. Very simple to overhaul also. I love the way these function and will never go back to Rapidfire. Just bought another pair for my Loco-Moto frame I have built up, see you on the trail...

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Ana River trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Various Rapidfire

Bike Setup:   Airborne Lucky Strike, Titus Locomoto

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zeke 'The Man' a Downhiller from Ashland, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2001

Strengths:    Solid click lets you know when you shift, easy to shift, light but strong, cool looking

Weaknesses:    one of the little grease port covers fell off in moab, whatta bummer

Bottom Line:   
i don't know what other people are talking about when they say this is a bad shifter. the majority says it good, and that's what it is. so far, nothing has screwed me over, it's easy to shift while braking(although it is stupid to do that anyway). they are not in the way, and it is so easy to shift that i do it without thinking and it isn't a noticeable effort. there is a loud reassuring click that lets you know when you have shifted, and the carbon fiber design is totally awesome. if you are on a budget, don't even think about this one. it costs a lot, and you can get some good shifting at teh 9.0 and 7.0 range without sacrifing much. if you have th eextra cash though, go for it. i love it adn there is no reason why you shouldn't either.

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Favorite Trail:   anything challenging

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   XT

Bike Setup:   KHS alite 4000 (i use this for downhill!) sram 9.0sl rr der.,LX, XT, SRAM, KORE, thomson, rhyno lite and avid

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jay brown a Racer from greenville, nc, usa

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2001

Strengths:    Awesome....the best. 1 for 1 action increases gear choices on climbs.

Weaknesses:    Once you dial in the front....see ya later.

Bottom Line:   
These are the best....find a used pair and gooooo!

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Favorite Trail:   Bicycle Post Trails/ECU Home Course

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   xtr mega 9, xt duel mega 9, sachs 8 speed shifters

Bike Setup:   2001 TREK 8500, Dolomite wheels, King Headset, XTR Brakes Levers, Avid Magnes. Brakes, Forte Saddle...ect.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nate from Washington,Spokane

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2001

Strengths:    Crisp shifting, nice feel

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This Shifter is awesome! Im glad i bought them. The bike came with rapid fire , so i got 7.0 and decided to get 9.0 and i love em'

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   7.0

Bike Setup:   Cannonndale F900SX, Lefty Fork, 9.0 derallers, everything else is CODA

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kenneth a Downhiller from arlington, virginia, usa

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2001

Strengths:    light, fast, smooth lookin, more precise than a hummingbird, barrel adjuster, easy to maintain

Weaknesses:    none!

Bottom Line:   
these are the sh!t. no contest. some may complain that they are just expensive pieces of plastic. so! high density polymers (called composites) are plastics yet they have properties that make them far superior in weight and cost than metal - AND they still cost less than a xtr setup.

oh and try this if you dont like the diameter of the mechanism - trim an oury grip down an inch and it will match the shifter. it feels great and your hands are free to move all over the grip surface.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   universalcycles

Similar Products Used:   xtr, X-ray

Bike Setup:   azonic ds-1, z2 bam, 9.0 sl, xtr/xt, xtr to 521's, raceface, thompson, azonic hammer, mrp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hanny a Cross Country Rider from College Park, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2000

Strengths:    Precise, light, cool looking,

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Nice product, please consider this product.

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Favorite Trail:   anytrail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Rapid Fire LX, XT

Bike Setup:   Catamount, 9.0 Rear Der, LX F.Der.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gav mackenzie a Weekend Warrior from golspie

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2000

Strengths:    very well valued grips, smooth changing when under pressure better than LX

Weaknesses:    not everybody's taste

Bottom Line:   
DE best

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Favorite Trail:   The Ben

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   bicycle bothy

Similar Products Used:   7.0

Bike Setup:   fine for me

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FritzMan a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa - Canada

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2000

Strengths:    Light, predicatable shifting, ability to shift under torque, price, and looks.

Weaknesses:    Absolutely none!!!

Bottom Line:   
This is my best upgrade (even more than the fork) that I've done. I'm shifting 20% more frequently than before which translates into higher average speed & fun.
Haulin' down a new trail and run into a steep hill around the corner? No problem, grab a handlfull of the SRAM shifter and select any gear you want. It's ability to shift under torque, and to always get the right gear is downright impressive, and something that I never knew was possible. I'm more pumped than ever to ride my bike.
I actually find the shifting resistance perfect (some have posted that they're stiff) especially compared to my previous setup, where Popeye forearms were required. Purchased for $89 US at Universal (for 9.0SL shifters and 9.0 derailleur), you can't go wrong.
At first I thought the lack of exact shifting for the front derailleur to be a nuissance, but the micro adjustment has turned out to be really cool to quiet the chain-to-cage noise that occurs on extreme ends of the cogset.

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Favorite Trail:   Like I'm gonna tell you...

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Universal

Similar Products Used:   Crappy plastic gripshift with XTR rear derailleur

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar, RST-XMO 02 fork, Magura HS-22, SRAM 9.0sl shifter and 9.0 rear derailleur, CT2 handlebar, & crappy wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by moonlighter a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, New York , U.S.

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2000

Strengths:    Long term durability , ability to shift full range of gears with one motion and to trim (multi detends)front
shifter


Weaknesses:    None .

Bottom Line:   
You can not beat these shifters for performance or durability ! They have shifted flawlessly each and every
time I call on them . Shifts are handled instintaniously
and with such precision it is still surprizes me ...two
years after installing them on my bike ! I love outshifting
my rapidfire friends . Unexpected hills ....I leave them
eating my dust as I shift thru my full range of gears and
pedal away . They are left pushing or pulling wondering where I went . Dont be a follower ! Try these shifters .

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Favorite Trail:   Flt at Letchworth

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Xt , Xtr

Bike Setup:   Gt Zaskar , 9sl rear der. , Sram 9 brakes , xt crank (ol squeaky) , rock shock seat post .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jack Meoff a Racer from Newhampshire

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2000

Strengths:    easy set up
light weight when compared to shimano
uncluttered handle bar
looks?


Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Great product
lighter faster and easier to use than shimano
if u race on hacked terrain that requires quick shifts u can do that in one motion with these with shimano it took many motions and there fore slower

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Favorite Trail:   Your MOTHER

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   old GS from 96 they sucked
shimano lx rapidfire they where ok but this is lighter and easy to use


Bike Setup:   98 m2 stumpy
z2bam mustang rims specialized/xtr hub db alloy
rf sprinkeled throuh out and ride on cables

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Damien from Chicago IL

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2000

Strengths:    Its not rapid fire, and it is extremely smooth. The 1999 stuff looks awsome with the graphite look.

Weaknesses:    Takes allot more torque to shift between gears than most rapid fire. I also dont like their 2000 line as much as I like their 1999.

Bottom Line:   
I first had Shimano LX shifters and an XTR rear deralier. They shifted fine and smooth, but when you are in the big ring and peadling as fast as you cat at an uphill it takes longer for you to shift into the small ring with rapid fire. I think my gripshift is great. It seems like you can go through all the gears in less time with grip shift.

With my rapid fire shifters when I would go off of a big drop or do some jumps I always would shift into some other gear. But with the gripshift that doesnt happen. And I have to say that the 9.0 and 9.0SL line looks so much cooler than XTR.

I also had problems with my rapid fire system. I would have to contanly re-adjust my gearing, not with grip shift though.

All in all these kick the poo poo out of that shimano stuff.
I think these deserve 5 Flamin' Chilis

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Favorite Trail:   Cant tell ya its a secrete

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Josh Radlein a Cross-Country Rider from Colo Springs

Date Reviewed: August 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Smooth
Light
Easy to maintain
Company support
not Shimano


Weaknesses:    
none yet


Bottom Line:   
SRAM is the topline in shifting technology. They are both a hometown favorite and have always been there to support their consumers. I will not hesitate to recommend these shifters as a year of hammering has yet to reap the damage most other shifters see. 5 burning worms. I await my halfpipe...

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Favorite Trail:   
ones without horses...

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
XTR 8Sp.
Shimano STX-RC, GripShift MRX line


Bike Setup:   
S.Cruz Chameleon, Z-2 Bam, XTR Vees, ESP 9.0 R der., RF Cranks & BB, Avid Ult. levers

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