SRAM 1999 DI.R.T. Centera Shifter

1999 DI.R.T. Centera

  • 7 & 8 speed compatible
  • index and micro-adjust front shifter options

  • User Reviews (11)

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    Bubba   Weekend Warrior [May 23, 2000]
    Strength:

    The fact that you can tweak the front shifter

    Weakness:

    Kind of hard to change cables

    Great shifting! I used to be a Rapidfire guy, but got sick of having too many missed front shifts. Thanks to SRAM for making these in 7&8 speed models. I have a D.I.R.T. front derailleur and a Shamano XT rear and the shifters work great with either. Thanks to Dexter for recommending them.

    Similar Products Used: Gripshift srt 400, rapidfire STX
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    4
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    4
    ward parker   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2001]
    Strength:

    Accurate,fast shifting, good for multiple shifts

    Weakness:

    front shifter is a little harder to change cables on then the rear one.

    Don,t let the old school elitist's that swear by rapid fires fool you. These gripshifts were just as accurate, fast, and were acculally better at multi-gear shifts then any rapid fire i've ever tried, plus the front shifter could be micro adjusted to the front derailer. Great improvement in the shifter grip design as well. Rapid fire is a dinosaur waiting for the astroid.

    Similar Products Used: old deore xt, rapid fire dx, rapid fire plus, grip shift 400
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    4
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    5
    jason   Weekend Warrior [Jun 05, 2000]
    Strength:

    good shifting, cheap ($30 canadian),comfortable grip

    Weakness:

    front shifter is a little noisey, but it just needs adjustment i think

    BUY THESE NOW ! if you need a shifter upgrade and like gripshift the these are for you. would be nice if they came in 9 speed sence the industry is going that way, but for the price i can't complain

    Similar Products Used: MRX shifters, stx rc rapidfire (both had issues)
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    5
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    5
    Kevin   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 1999]
    Strength:

    Nice solid shifting
    reliable, when I shift, it goes
    No problems with this product

    Weakness:

    None as of yet

    I like the Gripshifts, When I bought my GT it came stock with Rapidfires
    and told the shop to get those things off and put the SRAMs on there. I
    have never been more pleased. The click is sure and solid, so you know
    where you are at all times. Good Product. 5 Salamis

    Similar Products Used: Shimano rapidfires
    Shimano LX shifters (oldies)
    Silly old 10 speed shifters ;-)
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    5
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    jefftallica   Cross-Country Rider [Sep 02, 1999]
    Strength:

    light, don't break, shift well
    trimmable front derailleur
    come with cables and housings
    love that shape

    Weakness:

    easy to strip out right shifter clamp

    These things are great. the bike shop i got 'em from replaced the clamp, so all is well. i love the fast, positive feel of the shifts. they're a great deal crisper feeling than rapidfire. i also like the trimmable front shifter. gripshift really got the shape down right. it feels perfect to me, and i love the fact that you can grip and shift from the outer flange (more torque this way).

    Similar Products Used: stx rc shifters
    srt 400
    lx
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    RATING
    5
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    Ann   Cross-Country Rider [Jul 12, 1999]
    Strength:

    They work.

    Weakness:

    Kinda Stiff.

    I picked these because I could get 7-speed, and put on separate canti brake levers. It's getting really hard to find 7-speed/canti combos now. They were easy enough to install, although I had to take a file to the inside of one to get it to slide over the handlebar properly. They shift a bit stiffly. I don't know if they'll loosen up over time, or if I need to lube them or something.

    Similar Products Used: Acera, Alivio, etc.
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    4
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    doug   Weekend Warrior [May 30, 1999]
    Strength:

    Works OK.

    Weakness:

    Mounting bolt is 3mm. Try and find that socket for your torque wrench...

    Stock on Trek 7300 and 7500. Rear is easier and more decisive than front, which is a bit stiff.

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    3
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    SB   Cross-Country Rider [May 15, 1999]
    Strength:

    do their job. Look kinda cool.

    Weakness:

    seem to sort of seperate between grip/main body. Probably just messed up in a crash, also shift when you hit bumps sometimes, get bar ends, keep you hands against the bar end, so that they are off the shifters.

    not half bad really, very reliable, go for it! Also cool they still come in 8 spd.

    Similar Products Used: ALivio rapidfire, SIS 18 spd. SIS 6 spd.
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    4
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    Richard May   Weekend Warrior [Mar 21, 1999]
    Strength:

    Improved over the old Gripshift designs

    Weakness:

    Haven't found any yet.

    Retro grouches note: The shifters are still available in 7-speed!If you have a significant equipment investment in 7-speed stuff and are looking for new shifters, you may have noticed that there isn't much out there. SRAM/Sachs has these shifters and the next up model (Neos) still available in 7-speed.They work well. The clicks are more positive and the cable can be changed without removing the grip. I dig 'em.PS - You can get these from Performance.

    Similar Products Used: Gripshift SRT-400
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
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    Chris   Cross Country Rider [Jul 28, 2003]
    Strength:

    Cheap, looks like it works, comes in eight speed, strengthens wrists

    Weakness:

    cheap, poor shifting no matter how well maintained,may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, due to the excessive force needed to shift

    Had one good set of GripShifts(maybe before Sram bought them) Stayed loyal to the brand and was sorely dissappointed. Tried Sram X-ray (shattered into pieces like glass) then centara.....wrong move. I had them on for a month of pure agony due to the lousy shifting. I feel like the company owes me that time back. I've worked as a mechanic and have built up numerous bikes of my own and others and will never go back to gripshifters.

    Even the cheapest trigger shifters Alivio, work better than any gripshifts. Don't waste you cash or time on these.

    Similar Products Used: trigger shifters, LX and alivio, sram X-ram(just say NO)
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    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
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