Bicycle Mechanics - Grip shifters question
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06-01-09, 09:06 AM
I go through a pair (well, the shifters for the rear cassette, actually)
in just about a year or two.
I am wondering if there are more durable shifters out there. What are the most
durable grip shifters (or a reasonable substitute)?
Thanks in advance...
What level are you using? I would not think any name brand (i.e. SRAM) shifters to wear out that fast.
06-01-09, 10:00 AM
I think these are what I currently have...
06-01-09, 02:13 PM
upgrade to X-7 shifters and X-7 rear derailler from SRAM of course.
Those shifters you have are less than one short step up from cheap junk.
06-01-09, 04:59 PM
Great, thanks for the advice. :)
New shifters coming up...
06-01-09, 05:16 PM
js - just note that your right shifter is probably compatible with Shimano rear derailleurs (regarding the amount of cable pulled per gear change), and is probably NOT a 9-speed shifter, but rather a 6- or 7-speed shifter.
The X-7 shifters mentioned above are 9-speed shifters, requiring a 9-speed rear gear cassette and 9-speed compatible rear derailleur. They also work only with SRAM "ESP" cable pull style rear derailleurs. Thus, you would need to buy new shifters, a new rear derailleur, and new rear gear cassette (and perhaps new rear wheel if yours does not have an 8/9 speed hub).
SRAM does make some somewhat better-quality grip shifters for Shimano rear derailleurs, but I'm not sure if they will last longer in your application. Their "Attack" line includes some Shimano-compatible shifters (and some ESP compatible).
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