Originally Posted by SoonerBent
Yes. The cable pull on any Shimano RD is the same with very few exceptions like some older DuraAce. The only other glitch is with the new XT and XTR low normal RDs which will still work but shift backwards with any shifter but the one made for them.
When you refer to the shifters that are made for the new low normal RD's, you're talking about the new integrated mtb brake lever/shifters, correct?.......There were XTR "Rapid Rise" RD's (low normal) introduced several years ago that, of course, worked just the opposite (and not terribly well, I might add) of the standard high normal RD's, with the Rapidfire shifters. It made sense, in theory at least, because it had you downshifting (to larger cogs) with the index finger "trigger," using the spring action of the RD to make the often stressful downshifts common in mountain biking, and upshifting with the thumb lever, just like you do on the Rapidfire front shifter. The problem was with those early low normal RD's, IMHO, compared to standard RD's it was simply too hard to keep them dialed in for smooth shifting. My brother-in-law had one, and was constantly having to make adjustments. I later read in an article where one of the top Shimano USA guys admitted the best you could hope for with those early Rapid Rise XTR RD's was to make it through a race without having to readjust it. The new low normal RD's are much improved, I've heard-
Last edited by well biked; 04-06-06 at 11:33 AM.
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