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    Grip shifters question

    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...



    js

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    What level are you using? I would not think any name brand (i.e. SRAM) shifters to wear out that fast.
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    I think these are what I currently have...

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a

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    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.

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    Great, thanks for the advice.

    New shifters coming up...

    js

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    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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