Originally Posted by bmnaut
So what's a high end shifter?
Shimano MTB groups low to high:
Tourney: "Look at this great cheap bike I bought on my trip to Vietnam!"
Altus: "Dad bought me this bike so I wouldn't be late to basketball practice."
Acera: "Wouldn't it be great if we bought bikes for us and the kids and then went cycling around the park like my family did when I was 9?"
Alivio: "I bugged my mom for a nice new MTB for my birthday."
Deore: "I worked all winter in the pizzeria to earn the money to buy this bike."
SLX / Deore LX: "I have a real job (and a mortgage, and ...)"
Deore XT: "They pay me way too much at work."
XTR: "Don't touch the bike - my sponsor doesn't allow it!"