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i just switched from Shimano XT to Sram X9 and i think the X9 is much better. I have an older (ca. 1998) XTR rear D, though, and that thing is still in great shape. I'm not a fan of the dual-control Shimano levers.
 

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Chocolate or vanilla?

Which is better? I like chocolate. I prefer SRAM. Shimano makes nice components too. It's really a toss up.

Bob
 

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I use to get Shimano all the time ( XTR ), change in 2004 did not like the new shifter system, so i got a XO derailleur and X9 shifter i don't think i'll come back to XTR!!!!!!!
SRAM is better @ least for 04,05,06.............07, well we will see!
 

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I had XT dual shifters a year ago. I had a small crash. I was unable to shift for the rest of the ride. I bought XO twist shifters an deraileur. It has been working great for almost a year. The other problem I had with Shimano was every 3 or 4 rides I would have to readjust the rear deraileur. No such problems with Sram.
 

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gregdr said:
I had XT dual shifters a year ago. I had a small crash. I was unable to shift for the rest of the ride. I bought XO twist shifters an deraileur. It has been working great for almost a year. The other problem I had with Shimano was every 3 or 4 rides I would have to readjust the rear deraileur. No such problems with Sram.
I second that.
 

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Use one of each.

I run a x-9 rear and used to run sram x-gen front.

They both worked well esp the rear, very little finicking on the first few rides and then none to speak of after that shifts good every time, I've heard that even more expensive shimano lines still require a little dicking around peroidically.

But, when I switched to a new frame that didn't fit my x-gen I had to get a shimano xt. To my dismay as a shimano avoider, the xt worked much better especially when downshifting under tension.


so I say x9 rear and xt front.
 
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