I've noticed in the past that your always so anti-shimano....why is this?
It's not just in the past, I avoid that company's products like the plauge today.
Good question. No. I'm basing my opionion on my experiences with the products and customer and warranty service provided for those products in addition to what products and what product descisions that Shimano makes for me and dictates to me. Like Dual-Control. I cannot use it, even though I've riden 20 bikes with it, including an Intense demo all around Fruita. It's more the backward low-normal shifting than the actual Dual-Control levers which I constantly mis-shifted while braking. You can't get away from the backward shifting with rapid-rise rear deraillures. You can still find the old ones, or use a road shifter, but the choices are limited. Shimano will not manufacture sealed cartridge bearing hubs. Do I need to explain that one? They will not make a Saint front deraillure for a 50mm chainline. Centerlock... more proprietary brake system non-choice that doesn't help me. Shimano's chainline specs have changed from 48mm to 50mm, and the Q-factor on the last set of Shimano cranks that I bought, XT 760s, is 3/4" wider than any other cranks I ride on, and I am grinding my shoes all over them. Proprietary chainrings for XTR... you can have an argument about the 952 spider mount, but there is no valid reason for the 960 cranks chainring bolt spacing and reverse offset ring other than Shimano's wish to create a new proprietary standard, their's.
My customer service and warranty experience with Shimano has been one of difficulty, whereas SRAM is the industry's finest at this point. Call them. Then call Shimano and listen to them tell you that you abused it or installed it incorrectly and it's not covered before you even tell them why you called. Think I need to put up with all this when I have a choice? That company can eat my @ss.
Personally I've tried the SRAM x9 and don't feel they are superior to anything shimano makes and in fact I'd probably give an edge to the shimano stuff.
Gotta disagree with you on the SRAM 1:1 shifting. I've riden a lot on both... XTR every flavor, XO grip and the new thumb shifters, XT, X9, LX, X7, Deore, the old Shimano twist-shift... (and Ultegra, Campy...), shifter feel is not comparable, go ride on them both. And as far as chain performance (with anyone's chain) while shifting, they both work similar when new and clean, but the SRAM is more reliable and nearly service free in use. It's simply a better product by design. It took the competition of Shimano and years of deveopment to get there, but it is here today, and it is more than welcome.
Well then I've got to ask, why have an opinion until you have experienced the crisp and exact XO 1:1 shifting? The XO gripshift are literally the only grip-shift I have ever used that I actually enjoy because they work perfectly, and the XO thumb shifters are just amazing. I have some on my Bullit. Ask me to ride it, you will be sold. There is no comparison to even XTR there. The XO is simply a better working product now. It's not even close in comparison when you do a hands-on with both.
The only thing I truly prefer of SRAM over shimano is the chains....and now that the prices have gone way up on chains I might reconsider this.
I guess we get what we pay for, but I still pay $29 for my PC-99 or PC-991 chains by price matching from Blue Sky. The Shimano repair pins suck, and SRAM PowerLinks are amazing. I've broken every Shimano chain I've ever riden on, that's why I don't use them. I'm reminded every time I look at the scar on my knee the stem ripped out from the last one.
You can't really blame shimano for becoming a monopoly on the mtn bike market.
Sure I can. I will have no company dictate to me what I should like and shouldn't like and therefore use or have no access to while I'm forced to my concecutively more proprietary replacement and sevice parts, or just replace the entire component. And as long as we are replacing components, we have a better choice now, free from that mentality, and a joy to deal with from a customer service perspective. Myself and everyone else running SRAM components now are de-monopolizing that now complacent and controlling company back into place.
Back in the day suntour use to have a pretty good groupo, don't know whatever happened to them but i digress.
Back in the day I think I bent and pretzeled every last lead-filled Suntour crankset into oblivion, but it was what I raced on for years and there was not much else. Crank technology has come a long way.
So just curious as to the beef with shimano.
Well, let me tell you what I don't like about Shimano...