Shimano XTR Rapid Rise Rear Derailleur Derailleur

4.41/5 (294 Reviews)
MSRP : $110.00


Product Description

Shimano Deore XT - Rear Derailleur Rapid Rise: The new for 2008 Shimano Shadow Rear Derailleur places priority on a low profile design and less body movement for riders that are at home on extreme technical trails...


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by MTNdeu22 a Weekend Warrior from Knoxville, TN US

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2011

Strengths:    Smooth shifting, light, easily tuned.

Weaknesses:    $$$, reverse shifting

Bottom Line:   
Overall this product works very well. Took a couple of rides to get used to the reverse shifting but not a big deal. It always shifts smooth and requires a little tuning here and there but if you can turn a wrench no biggie. NOt work over 50 bucks or so, if you can't score one cheap used just go XT.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything Fun

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano acera, deore etc.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Trailhead, XCR LO forks, Time ATAC pedals, its a work in progress.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeff farrell a Cross Country Rider from tucson,az,usa

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2011

Strengths:    Extra smooth. Rapid rise is the only way to go for me now. Shifts perfectly climbing hard or unexpected

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I found this derailleur for a steal at a used bike co-op. However, I would pay full-price after installing it on my bike. Next build, I'm going with a xtr goupset. I'm totally convinced. The rapid rise should be the standard for trail riding. Love it.

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Favorite Trail:   50 year trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   BICAS

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Montare EX small frame 29. Rigid. Thudbuster seat post. Race Face Cranks. Rhythm Comp wheelset. Egg Beaters. Avid juicy 3.5.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fixed a Cross Country Rider from Fresno, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2011

Strengths:    Shifts quickly when climbing

Weaknesses:    It's normal.

Bottom Line:   
There is really only one feature about this RD that is different, the Rapid Rise feature. It allows you to very quickly, and certainly, shift to larger cogs (lower gearing) while climbing. Just punch the thumb trigger as quickly as you need, and downshifts (to easier gears) are lightening fast. I notice the benefit most when transitioning quickly from a less steep section to a steeper section, or hit some terrain that is more difficult and start slowing rapidly. Never stuck missing a downshift or stuck in a taller gear than needed.

Other than that, it's just like every other rear derailleur. It will function only as well as it is set up. The difference is that a set up that is off (primarily cable tension) will affect only up shifts (smaller cogs), not down shifts, in my experience.

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Favorite Trail:   San Joaquin River Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   OEM with Giant NRS

Similar Products Used:   Lots.

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS carbon, XTR/XT mix.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2010

Strengths:    Shifts extremely well if adjusted correctly.

Weaknesses:    Requires backward logic if you're proficient
at adjusting high normal rear derailleurs.


Bottom Line:   
Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Too many to list...

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Tazmon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bill a Cross Country Rider from Concord,NC USA

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to set up. Seems like it will last forever.

Weaknesses:    Can be pricey.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this XTR rapid rise used for about $40. I coupled it with some old Scram grip shifters. It stays in adjustment and has never ghost shifted on me. I do my own work.With it I'm confident to stand on the pedals and down shift as needed. As with any nine speed the adjustments to keep it in tune are small. You have to be adaptable to shifting backward.I think XTR is overrated and too expensive. When I replace this unit it will be XT or another used XTR.

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Favorite Trail:   Shermans Branch

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   LX,XT and other lower grade Shimano

Bike Setup:   2004 Superlight,Marzocchi MX Comp fork, mechanical Avid disc,various wheel and tire combinations

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brett Fisher a Cross Country Rider from Asheville, NC

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2008

Strengths:    Light.

Weaknesses:    Using with rapid fire finger shifter sucked being backwards. Did not want to get the 32t gear. Slow shifting to larger tooth cogs. Felt like I could never get enough tension in it.

Bottom Line:   
Never liked it and at the time I got the bike there were no XTR 'normal' spring type derailleurs. Maybe it worked better with their brake/shifter combo. I just changed to a new normal XTR shadow and it rocks!

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came with bike pkg

Similar Products Used:   XTR XT

Bike Setup:   DEAN Colonel X-light XTR M-960

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Oscar Katz a Racer from Surrey, UK

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2007

Strengths:    Rapid rise, solid, smooth

Weaknesses:    None after the first 2 rides. Once you've got used to rapid rise, you're hooked

Bottom Line:   
Rapid rise is the way forward if you _ever_ hit an unexpected uphill. That must be anyone who's not doing 100% DH. Try it and you'll be converted. (I've given it 4 Chilis for value because now you can get rapid rise in XT). Apart from that, it's as precise and smooth as you'd expect from XTR.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Other Shimano

Bike Setup:   Scale, XTR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tim Avery a Weekend Warrior from Houston

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2007

Strengths:    Few

Weaknesses:    Very hard to keep adjusted

Bottom Line:   
Probably works good on gravel paths and sidewalks

The Rapid Rise derailleur is way too hard to keep in tune and out on the trail the last thing you want is 10 miles in to have your chain bouncing up and down the cluster. End game: don't buy this derailleur.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Bicycles Etc

Similar Products Used:   XT

Bike Setup:   Klein Palomino

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Cross Country Rider from Wiblraham

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2007

Strengths:    Great looks, strong design. Makes my Cannodale Scapel run like it should.........

Weaknesses:    None as of yet

Bottom Line:   
Well what can I say. After destroying 2 XTR older models on the trails I was lucky enough to get the new 2007 XTR rapid rise. I'll tell you what, the bike has never been dialed in this good in a long time. Just hope this continues.....

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Favorite Trail:   The Notch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   Ski-In

Similar Products Used:   Older XTR model

Bike Setup:   XTR rapid rise rear, XT front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hcampian a Cross Country Rider from Romania

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2007

Strengths:    impressive shifting, gorgeous looks

Weaknesses:    too beautiful to pack it with mud

Bottom Line:   
this review is for the 2007 model. It's so beautiful and it shifts like nothing I've tried before. It shifts perfectly even when running 20mph over rock garden. The SGS (rapid rise feature) is very usefull if you are serious about climbing. Much better then the SRAMs, possibilly because of the rapid rise. I've tried X0 and, even if it's a gorgeous derailleur, I prefer the XTR, it seems smoother.
I use the XTR with SRAM Attack triggers (best ever shifter system).

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   BikeSport

Similar Products Used:   SRAM X9, SX5, Shimano Alivio, XT

Bike Setup:   B1 Rockbumble

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Orange, Ct

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2007

Strengths:    very light, clean shifting, easy to set up, shifts under a lot of power, looks cool

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i was a bit hesitant getting the rapid rise at first, but im glad i did. this baby shifts very smoothly, even under load. i like the glossy pewter color too. sealed bearings in the pulleys make me feel better also. set up is quite easy and there is no barrel adjuster to worry about. i just hooked mine up, did the basic gear adjustments, and rode away. its seems to compensate automatically for cable stretch b/c i have not had to adjust it since i bought it [about 2 1/2 months ago] and i ride frequently.

4 chilis for value b/c i think even for the great performance, its a bit pricey

5 chilis overall b/c it is THE BEST derailleur ever

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Favorite Trail:   West Rock Ridge

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   shimano acera, deore, LX

Bike Setup:   2007 Specialized Epic, Rock Shox Reba team, LX dual control levers with hydro discs, '07 LX cranks, race face diablous BB cups, XTR rear mech, easton monkeylite carbon riser, mavic x223 wheelset w/ IRC mibro treads

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Orange, Ct

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2007

Strengths:    very light, clean shifting, easy to set up, shifts under a lot of power, looks cool

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i was a bit hesitant getting the rapid rise at first, but im glad i did. this baby shifts very smoothly, even under load. i like the glossy pewter color too. sealed bearings in the pulleys make me feel better also. set up is quite easy and there is no barrel adjuster to worry about. i just hooked mine up, did the basic gear adjustments, and rode away. its seems to compensate automatically for cable stretch b/c i have not had to adjust it since i bought it [about 2 1/2 months ago] and i ride frequently.

4 chilis for value b/c i think even for the great performance, its a bit pricey

5 chilis overall b/c it is THE BEST derailleur ever

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Favorite Trail:   West Rock Ridge

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   shimano acera, deore, LX

Bike Setup:   2007 Specialized Epic, Rock Shox Reba team, LX dual control levers with hydro discs, '07 LX cranks, race face diablous BB cups, XTR rear mech, easton monkeylite carbon riser, mavic x223 wheelset w/ IRC mibro treads

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve holcomb a Weekend Warrior from tampa florida

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2007

Strengths:    5yrs of use (daily), many 1000's of miles on it, still works like new.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
xtr rear is the best performing I have ever used.

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Favorite Trail:   n/a

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   beyond bikes

Similar Products Used:   campy record and super record (campy record, 1978 died in
1996) (campy super record, 1987 to present, still going strong, but getting a little slopy.


Bike Setup:   doesn't matter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kevin a Racer from Tyler, Tx

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2007

Strengths:    Great efficiency, low weight, very tuneable, i love rapid rise.

Weaknesses:    other non rapid rise people cant use it.

Bottom Line:   
This thing rocks, once i got it adjusted properly and the stops set correctly it was no problem. i love this thing, being able to bear loads and ad loads while going uphill.
buy this thing if you count grams, dont if you dont have enough money.

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Favorite Trail:   Tyler State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   shimano XT


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kevin a Racer from Tyler, Tx

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2007

Strengths:    Great efficiency, low weight, very tuneable, i love rapid rise.

Weaknesses:    other non rapid rise people cant use it.

Bottom Line:   
This thing rocks, once i got it adjusted properly and the stops set correctly it was no problem. i love this thing, being able to bear loads and ad loads while going uphill.
buy this thing if you count grams, dont if you dont have enough money.

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Favorite Trail:   Tyler State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   shimano XT


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Rapid Rise XTR Rear Derailleur Adjustment

Ok...i need some help here...I am no pro and dont claim to be, but am trying to avoid a trip to the LBS. I need to adjust my rear derailleur but tend to do more harm than good everytime i touch the bike. Shifts fine from large cog to small cog...ie. from large to small down the cassette. Howe ... Read More »

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