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I have always used Shimano in the past but I really don't like some of the changes they have made in the last few years. What do you guys think. I'm talking XTR and X.0 kind of stuff.
I've always been a shimano user, but I recently switched one of my bikes over to the new X.9 stuff. I did this for several reasons: It is cheaper than shimano's new stuff to first buy and for replacing things if they break, it shifts much better, it gives me the options of what brakes I want and If I want to use a single front ring. All around, Sram is much better in my opinion. Oh, and it looks pretty cool too! My only complaint with the setup is that accidental shifts are much easier. It is very easy for my thumb curled under the bar to hit the thumb pad and shift to a smaller chainring (never happens with my right hand for some reason). The only thing I am keeping Shimano is my cassette. IMO they shift better than Srams. Lighter too.Ghoastrider said:I have always used Shimano in the past but I really don't like some of the changes they have made in the last few years. What do you guys think. I'm talking XTR and X.0 kind of stuff.
XO is crazy expensive. go 9.0 - unless you like to blow money. Hey, its your money, blow it if you like bling bling or whatever that XO stuff is._-^^^-_ said:I'm going XO shifter/derailleur on my next bike. The simpler design being rebuildable, lighter, and capable of trimming the front derailleur position makes it very appealing I think. The rear derailleur being simple too, with no B tension screw and replaceble parts is nice. I save the best thing about them for last, they really shift crisp and positve, even in muck, with very little effort required now that they have the SRS springs.
X9 might be a good option. Less expensive than XO but has many of it's improvements. I've used 9.0 since they've first come out, and they've been great (2 different rear derailleurs). I recently replaced one with an X9. An awesome product has become even better. Hard to believe but the shifts are even more crisp. The alloy body should be even more reliable than the 9.0 composite's body - although IMO, reliability is hardly an issue with this manufacturer.upNdown said:I've built every bike I've had with SRAM twist shifters. 9.0 is fine, anybody going for this XO stuff has too much money, $140 for a derailleur is foolish...
I hear ya. I've been a big fan of XTR for many years, until they brought in all the changes over the past few years. Blecch. I'm going X0 next time. My wife has it on her Fuel and it's tres sweet. Very precise and crisp shifting. Pretty pricey, but well worth it of you ask me. I currently use older XTR on 2 of 3 of my bikes (one 8 speed and one 9 speed) and I love it. I like to be able to choose my own brake levers and those new shifters just don't feel right. Test drove a bike with the new XTR shifters and just not for me. I hate the "Total Integration" concept!Ghoastrider said:I have always used Shimano in the past but I really don't like some of the changes they have made in the last few years. What do you guys think. I'm talking XTR and X.0 kind of stuff.
As things break, I've been replacing them with SRAM. I'm still a big grip shift fan, and plan to replace my Shimano parts with SRAM as they break. You can do well with SRAM shifter and Shimano derailleurs. But under NO sircumstance, use Shimano chains; the WILL break when you least expect it.Ghoastrider said: