Shimano 1999 Acera Component Group

3.31/5 (16 Reviews)


Product Description

Acera is an MTB-style component group that offers a choice of 7 or 8-speed drive trains. Acera delivers the responsive feeling of a real mountain bike to casual riders and entry level cyclists.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt a Cross Country Rider from chesterfield uk

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2006

Strengths:    looks great,easily adjustable

Weaknesses:    makes lots of noise and is not very strong(broke when i fell off!!!!!)

Bottom Line:   
good component for an entry level bike and it works fine however does need adjusting every so often

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Favorite Trail:   hope triple 8

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   sis shimano,shimano deore/deorelx

Bike Setup:   trek bruiser with avid bb5's!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary Evans O. Lamanilao from Pasig City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2004

Strengths:    Value for money, Simple Design, Dependable. Cost Effective.

Weaknesses:    Wide Gear Ratio, Difficult to Tune, Quite Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Definitely an entry level Gear Set... In my opinion, it Shimano Acera serves better purpose on Hybrid/City Bike rather than MTB... 24 Speed is always welcome, although the gear ratios are quite broad. Overall, it's the best bang for the bucks!

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Favorite Trail:   Tarmac

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Manila, Philippines

Similar Products Used:   1996 Deore LX

Bike Setup:   City Touring

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zero a Downhiller from Estonia

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2003

Strengths:    All the components of that series run smoothly and do not need maintainance or adjustment.They are strong and beautiful.

Weaknesses:    The cassete sprockets should be a litle bit lighter-but who cares?

Bottom Line:   
Acera components prooved to be hard and rigid even in the roughest downhills. They don't brake easily and rarely need adjustment. There was a period that I hadn't adjusted them for 3 months!!! They DO worth the money you spend on them!!!

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Favorite Trail:   every dirty road

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   SRAM 5.0,SRAM 7.0 Shimano Altus,Shimano Alivio and Shimano SIS


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Cross Country Rider from Central IL

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003

Strengths:    They work. period.

Weaknesses:    They may lack a bit in strength, as I bent the derailers a few times. They were easy to get back into shape.

Bottom Line:   
Everyone who complained about these not shifting correctly does not know how to set them up. I have used them on this bike (my first mtn bike) for 4 years, and have never so much as thought about replacing them. They did the job every time. They do require some maintenance and attention, but then again so do XTRs.

I have had that bike in more dirt, mud, water, weeds, and s*#@! and have never had a problem with the indicator dial that someone said to never get dirty.

They are a very good value.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Bike Setup:   1999 Schwinn Mesa GS

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by paul a Weekend Warrior from janeville,WI, USA

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2003

Strengths:    cheap - price is right
and it works


Weaknesses:    it works, but not too well

Bottom Line:   
its cheap, it works, not perfect, but all it really needs to do is work and it does that. i've had it for a while and it has never failed me yet, but you shouldn't expect it to be amazing. its inexpensive, and it works- but not great. i wouldn't buy them for my new bike, but they are prefectly fine for my old GT.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   shimano XT and LX parts

Bike Setup:   GT hardtail bike with acera parts package

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Reid a Cross Country Rider from Birmingham, AL

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2001

Strengths:    Value,design(except front D.), durabilty

Weaknesses:    front D.

Bottom Line:   
This set appears to be a great for entry level biking. If you're a hobyist you can't go wrong, excepting one fact: you need to know how to adjust and tune your bike. If not, then the Acera will drive you batty. I can't count the number of mid-trail adjustments I've made to my front derailleur. That is the crux of the problem, Shimano has yet to release a decent top-swing derailleur. They all have problems downshifting under load. Again not a big problem if your not racing ... just annoying. Also if you're planning on getting muddy a lot, then upgrade to at least a Deore rear derailleur and while your at it throw your Acera front derailleur away.

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Favorite Trail:   B.U.M.P. Trail, Oak Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT....and my buddies rig with all XTR stuff(sigh)

Bike Setup:   Shimano Acera Shifter pods,BB,Deore Rear D., Acera Front D., Aluminum hardtail, Rock Shox Jett C front fork

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kris Furr a Cross Country Rider from suburbian, IL

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2000

Strengths:    Can't say too much here. Although I hear they are cheap.

Weaknesses:    Teeth on the chainring are worn down alot more than you would expect for only having it 6 months(about 500 miles. Big prob with ghost shifting from 1st or 3rd to 2nd, you think it shifted from the clicking but it didn't. You actually need to put just the slightest pressure on the shifter again and then it goes, real p.i.t.a.


Bottom Line:   
It seems I get this same stuff from all the reviews I have read on them. If your on a budget at least swap out the deraileurs for Deore. Otherwise go to Lx

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Favorite Trail:   Palos Hills

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with the bike


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ales Slavicek a Racer from Plzen, Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2000

Strengths:    Shifts perfectly, looks cool, no need to adjust my acera even after 5500 kilometers.

Weaknesses:    may feel tricky to shift up and down at the same time

Bottom Line:   
Great product for its price.

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Favorite Trail:   Berounka; C & O Canal, MD

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SIS

Bike Setup:   Author Mystic 99, shimano acera

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Myy a Cross Country Rider from Tallinn,Estonia

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, Nice looking Shifters, good 2 finger brakelevers.

Weaknesses:    Heavy,

Bottom Line:   
Good shifters and rear derailler, front derailler dont work
so good.

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Favorite Trail:   Vana-Mustamäe

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Alivio,STX rc

Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Bong a Weekend Warrior from Manila Phillipinnes

Date Reviewed: December 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Shifts Accurately,Easy to adjust,cheap


Weaknesses:    
Not very nice finish, Levers are too short


Bottom Line:   
cheap, does its job

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Favorite Trail:   
Tagaytay

Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Andy a Weekend Warrior from Fairmont, WV

Date Reviewed: September 11, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap
Does what it says... shifts.


Weaknesses:    
You have to reach all the way over the top to shift (like thumbies) but have to reach BACK down to shift the other way.
The gear indicator is mounted on a 'wheel' and isn't enclosed (read: don't even THINK about getting these dirty)


Bottom Line:   
Cheapos. Pay extra for at least Alivo. But if you are in a race, yours break and need to buy a pair of shifters fast, but your jersey only holds 5 cents... go ahead and get them.

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Gripshift
Rapidfires



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Mass

Date Reviewed: August 5, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I can't complain...they shift with no major problems, and look pretty decent. however, they do seem to be reluctant to shift with any significant pedal pressure...however whether this is due to the shifter, or my various other weak componentry, i dont know...lol

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from Washigton DC

Date Reviewed: July 27, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap
shifts nice
looks nice


Weaknesses:    
Front derailluer
7-speed


Bottom Line:   
Came with bike. Nice shifters. Had it for 'bout a month and front derailluer (less then 100 miles!) has so much play I had to replace it. My advice, trash front der and get better one, LX or XT. Nashbar sells LX for $13.95+$5.85 ship, no tax

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
LX


Bike Setup:   
Pacif YX5500

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Marcus a Weekend Warrior from Dallas, Texas

Date Reviewed: July 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Solid, quick response


Weaknesses:    
Not sure I've found one, yet.


Bottom Line:   
Great shifter. The only problems I've had, I created. I dinged up the middle & outer chain ring going over rocks & stumps I never should have. They still performed really well and after I straightened the spokes back out, are as quiet as ever. I really can't complain, so I won't.

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Favorite Trail:   
North Shore, Grapevine, Texas

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Schimano - Alivio Rapid Fire`


Bike Setup:   
Novara Bonanza

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Ann a Cross-Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: July 12, 1999

Strengths:    
none


Weaknesses:    
Brake levers uncomfortable and flimsy.Front shifter shifted derailleur the wrong distance.


Bottom Line:   
I put this shifter/brake lever on my roommate's bike, because it was the only 7/3 combo they had in the shop. Silly me. The brake levers are really short and uncomfortable, and the front shifter couldn't be adjusted to shift the derailleur the correct amount. It would always *way* overshift, so the chain ended up off the outside of the large ring. Adjusting the limit screws on the derailleur kept the shiftert from reaching the stop, so the chain wouldn't stay on the large chainring. I ended up replacing them with GripShift shifters and Dia Compe brake levers, and life is good again.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Gripshift


Bike Setup:   
GT hybrid

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