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Old 09-03-10, 09:35 AM   #1
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Trigger replacement advice

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Just purchased a new hybrid powered by SRAM supplied with an x5 derailleur and x.4 trigger shifters. I'm a little concerned about the x.4 trigger shifters after reading reviews.

Iím planning on some long rides so I would like to replace the x.4's. The x.7's seem to be recommended but my x.4's are 8 speed and the x.7's are 9 speed.

Could I get some recommendations on what to replace the x.4's with please..

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Old 09-03-10, 01:56 PM   #2
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For ultimate reliability, go with some friction (or micro ratchet) shifters. They will shift just about anything and are as rugged as they come.
Otherwise, don't worry about it unless you're heading out into the wild blue yonder. As long as you are within internet and DHL/UPS reach you're never more than a few days away from spare parts.
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Old 09-03-10, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hi, Sorry I'm not sure I understand dabac, I would like to change the x.4 shifters which are eight speed, back and front. Could someone recommend what to replace them with and/or confirm that the x.7 9 speed will work?

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The speed of the shifters need to match the speeds of your cassette. So if you have an eight speed cassette, then you will need an eight speed shifter. Spacing is different on 9 speeds.

Are you having any issues with your shifters? I personally ignore on line reviews as they tend to be dominated by people with an axe to grind. Happy customers tend to not post reviews.

Post a link where you see X7s recommended for eight speed service.

If your bike is currently 8 speed, you are going to spend some $$ making the switch: new chain, new shifters, new cassette at a minimum. All because of some on line comments.
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Also note that the SRAM x line will not work with the Shimano line. If you switch to a Shimano trigger shifter, then you'll have to change the rear derailleur to a Shimano or Shimano-compatible SRAM derailleur. New SRAM trigger shifter should work well for at least 3-4 years under normal condition.
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Thank you all, I just found out that I have been reading reviews for the sx4's when I have the x4's - the sx4 was not a true double trigger shifter - panic over, I hope your right and I get a few years out of them.
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