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what drivetrain/shift system would you want on higher end mountain bikes?

  • sram X0

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  • shimano XTR

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Purely on experience...

based purely on experience I'm biased for to SRAM... albeit twist shifters only (as I've witnessed pretty crappy performance from SRAM's triggers (X.7)).

I love the reliability. They are engineered and based in the USA. They are more intuitive to my hands, especially when I'm tired. and they shift as fast and as many gears as I can pull at once without hesitation.

Personally, I'd like to try to new XTR stuff though just to see where it stacks up. In the mean time I'm on my third bike with SRAM grip shifting (9.0SL, then X.9, and now X.0) all have been flawless.

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Used both systems quite a bit. Prefer Shimano no questions.

I do not like the "new" STI stuff, but my wifes bike has STI 8sp XTR, loves them
I wish they would bring back 8spd, less hassle and who need the extra gears anyway?

I have found SRAM to be much more picky in the setup,
Needs more work to shift smooth, XO shifters are a pain in the A$$.
They look really cool tho...
Wierdo complaint, the rear wheel is a ***** to get on/off with any SRAM rearD, why is that?
It is always in my way for a quick change, can't stand that feature...

Looking to try the new XTR shifters, but almost too much gee wiz for me
I might get the cranks as they are now in compact 44/32/22, not just the 46/36/26
My fat butt needs the compact ring sizes to get me up the death climbs we have around here.

I always say 'Ride whacha brung'

RideOn!
 

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you can have the shimano stuff. i had a hell of a time setting it up and keeping it set up. the sram stuff in my opinion is much easier, just set the limits and use the barrel adjuster to adjust. simple and effective. just adjusted mine for the first time in a long time. took ten seconds.
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Used both systems quite a bit. Prefer Shimano no questions.

I do not like the "new" STI stuff, but my wifes bike has STI 8sp XTR, loves them
I wish they would bring back 8spd, less hassle and who need the extra gears anyway?

I have found SRAM to be much more picky in the setup,
Needs more work to shift smooth, XO shifters are a pain in the A$$.
They look really cool tho...
Wierdo complaint, the rear wheel is a ***** to get on/off with any SRAM rearD, why is that?
It is always in my way for a quick change, can't stand that feature...

Looking to try the new XTR shifters, but almost too much gee wiz for me
I might get the cranks as they are now in compact 44/32/22, not just the 46/36/26
My fat butt needs the compact ring sizes to get me up the death climbs we have around here.

I always say 'Ride whacha brung'

RideOn!
 

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I used to have XT, although not XTR, so maybe my opinion doesn't count. And although I would love to demo the new XTR stuff, I will now always stick by sram. XO rd, X9 shifters, and it is amazing. Immediete, clean, and smooth. Shimano didn't seem as smooth (XT) and fast. But, I doubt I would buy the new shimano stuff anyways. The shifters dual action lever seems a bit flimsly/weak like it will snap off, and so does the hydro levers, except it all looks sweet!
 

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My last bike, 02 FSRxc used an XTR rear and front derailer, XT cranks, and XT shifters. My new build (almost done!) uses x0 rear derailer, x0 throttle/twist shifters, and XT front derailer. I guess I'll find out which I like best. My XTR stuff was pretty banged up. I think the rear was bent and the front was in need of servicing. I don't think the XT shifter/lever combos were bad, but I suppose I'm impartial to them. With my luck, I probably take them for granted and will end up hating the throttle shifters.

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Got X0 on my machine. Fantastic shifting and I can't see me moving to anything else.
 
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