A couple of the lower end rapid-rise rear ders I am using have not impressed me for the same reasons mentioned in the above quote (from an earlier thread). I had put an XTR rapid-rise on my son's bike and the few times I've ridden it it seems very responsive and crisp. So... it began to bother me on a ride yesterday (with one of my cheapo mega-range rapid rise rears) that releasing into a downshift was not always responding quick enough ..and my conclusion was I needed a better rapid-rise device. This makes me think Shimano's ploy is to create a greater incentive to replace or upgrade your equipment. As a recreational rider I can live with slower or sticky upshifts (to higher gear) as long as I can force a downshift when I really need it. Reversing those failure modes makes living with older equipment very unpleasant.Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I've become less of a fan of this trend toward rapid-rise, and I think I notice plenty of rapid-rise ders going cheap on ebay, but don't see many of the older styles. I'm guessing others don't like them either.