Only if you have SRAM derailleurs
Jun 30, 2000
Review by tyscat
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:light, relatively inexpensive, works *great* with SRAM derailleurs
Cons:Doesn't work good with Shimano parts, some people don't like GripShift style shifting
The debate between RapidFire and GripShift is like the debate between shocks.. Everyone has their own opinion and no one wants to change theirs. Here are a couple of tips to remember before you go out and buy this shifter.
Recommend this product?
First of all, good luck finding it for $50.. Very unlikely.. Typical retail on this will be about $65 for the set (front and back shifters). SRAM says it is Shimano compatible, and technically, it is.. This thing will work with your Shimano derailleurs, but it will not work great. The shifting will be reasonable, but it won't be as nice as it would be if you were using Shimano RapidFire shifters. You can throw an Avid Rollamajig on there and that will improve the performance of a SRAM shifter/Shimano derailleur combination some.
This shifter works great with SRAM derailleurs however. The reason it doesn't work so well with Shimano is that it is designed to be used with SRAM front pull rear derailleurs.. GripShift is very good at handling that sharp bend in the cable that is found at behind Shimano derailleurs (FYI, that is why the rollamajig helps performance out.. it decreases the resistance on the cable as it goes through that bend).
SRAM shifters should be used with SRAM derailleurs.. This combo has its benefits.. It will be lighter then a comparable Shimano setup and it will cost less as well.. Compare these shifters at 185 grams to Shimano LX 9-speed RapidFire Pods at 240 grams.. That is a big difference. Keep your shifting system from the same company and you will be fine.
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