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    SRAM gripshift questions

    1. does SRAM gripshift allows multiple gear shifting? Without any problems
    2. how is the maintainance for the shifter? what happen if it feels hard to shift
    3. why not many people use SRAM gripshift for XC racing?
    4. Anyone knows the difference or improvement from 05 gripshift to 06 shifter?

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    5. Whats the weight difference between X.0 and X.9
    6. Practically Pricepoint is selling X.0 and X9 combo (shifter and rear derailleur) at 200 and 100 respectively, do you think its worth it to get a X.0?
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    I'll try, but they might not all be the "right" answers:
    1) Yes, that's one of its real strong suits.
    2) Very low maint. at least for the higher-end ones in my experience. If they get hard to shift, take them apart, clean and regrease. Very few moving parts inside, so owner maint. is not bad.
    3) I think because their not as sexy. Plus they take up more 'real estate' on the bar and XC bars tend to run narrower.
    4) No I don't; but someone here does I'm sure.

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    well thanks for the reply, looking for more replies and Im adding 2 more question above so check it out

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    I don't like gripshifts because they look terrible, they make a mess out of your handlebar control area and they are very uncomfortable to use.

    Shifters for life.

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    ive used grip shifters in the past, my biggest beef with them is that they are hard to shift when your hands get muddy and wet..

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    I love gripshift, they are simple, light, and allow multiple gear changes. I actually think they simplify the handlebar control area. I have had mine for almost 10 years and they still work great. Ha.. I went right from shimano thumb shifters to gripshift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot

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    5. Whats the weight difference between X.0 and X.9
    6. Practically Pricepoint is selling X.0 and X9 combo (shifter and rear derailleur) at 200 and 100 respectively, do you think its worth it to get a X.0?
    5. Design is almost identical. X.O is lighter, has a stronger Ti spring, is available in different cage lengths, and is rebuildable.

    Not worth 2x the price unless your're a hardcore weight weenie or out to impress someone with how tricked out your ride is.

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    well reason why im thinking of gripshift is cause of how they work furthermore i dont put anything else on my handle bar besides, grip, shifter, lever and bar end, i dont use cycle computers so I dont really mind.

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    I love GripShift, but then, that's what I learned on. I have a trigger for the rear cogs (don't ask - -it's a Frankenbike) on my XC bike now and, if I could afford to, I'd change it to GS in a heartbeat. For me, it's easier and faster to actuate.

    I am actually looking at X.9 for my DH bike right now because of the cost/benefit advantage over X.0.

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    Lol, frakenbike thats funny, why you get ur bike like that? Anyway is the weight difference between X.9 and X.0 gripshift that much or merely by a few grams?

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    aff, i dont like grip****fers because they give me blisters and calluse, at least from when i rode my friedns bike, which was not alot.

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    Wheelhot: an answer to question 5:
    X.0 rear derailleur is 33 grams lighter than X.9 in medium cage (so sayeth the weight-weenies over on the MTBR forums). Check this thread for an enlightening discussion:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=198809
    From everything I've read, X.9 is the way to go unless you have the extra $ just burning a hole in your pocket.

    Frankenbike has a leftover 8-speed SRAM trigger shifter from their first (failed) attempt to make triggers. The rear survived; the front shifter's ratchet pawls died (bad design). SRAM changed 'em out for me with twists of my choice (Rockets) which are on my Yeti. Frank got the trigger rear and a clunky MRX front twist

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    lol, thats funny, OMG! 33grams difference only, thats soo little for how much you are paying for X.0 is twice of X.9 rite? Too bad PricePoint doesnt make a X.0twists and X.9RD package Hmm I wonder if X.7 Gripshift is cheaper and lighter then X.9 cause in weightweenies.com, it states that X.7gripshift is lighter then X.9 and the coolest thing i realise is that gripshift is lighter then shifters, is it true?
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    i love grip shifters. i never had a problem with them. i have ample handlebar space with them present. my layout is clean and simple. i don't know why others have said they are clunky. i think its the other way around.....but whatever. i don't do anything for maintenance. i have used x7 with no problems. i have x9 that are still packaged up and i will get some x0 for a light build i am doing.
    i think you should get x9's. there are some good left over model yr deals to be had out there. don't not get them because the amount of riders who use them. its just preference. the overwhelming majority of those who do not use them only do so because they've grown accustomed to trigger shifting. its just personal pref. get what you want.

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    damn that pricepoint 2005 X.9 gripshift and rear derailleur is the perfect item to change to SRAM. Oh yeah I was wondering, how does your brake lever fits into a gripshift? Since the shifter is bigger then usual so how is the lever placement? Is it like using a normal trigger shifter or is the lever become shorter?

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    With Grip shifts, you use a shorter grip. You can cut them down or buy ones specifically made shorter.

    Your hand rests on the shifter, so lever reach isn't affected.
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    oh I see, anyway I was wondering, is there sizes? for GripShift cause some of them on price point is listed Shorty, whys that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    oh I see, anyway I was wondering, is there sizes? for GripShift cause some of them on price point is listed Shorty, whys that?
    nothing. don't worry about it. just get it....trust me.

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    Shorty is the normal length. They do that to differentiate it from the 'Halfpipe' versions (really long).

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    I really dislike gripshifts but if you feel comfortable with them and prefer them over trigger shifters then go ahead.
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    lol, why would I want a halfpipe? Easier shifting, lol, maybe if i wear a pair of comfortable gloves then I wont feel uncomfortable with the shifter, Anway damn SRAM made the X.0 Grip**** look freakin cool, expecially its tornado style grip. But which one is better? Short or Halfpipe cause here in Malaysia im very sure I cannot test out both style, Im into XC/Trail riding.

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    I think you mean ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chone
    I don't like gripshifts because they look terrible, they make a mess out of your handlebar control area and they are very uncomfortable to use.

    Shifters for life.

    I think you mean triggers for life. Personally, I think a gripshifter looks much cleaner than a trigger pod.

    One thing is for sure that Gripshifts are way more durable than triggers. If you buy an X series Gripshifter, you will not break it ... period.

    I will say that it is possible to shift too many gears. If you grab too many gears too fast (say ... 6) it's possible for the chain to hook and then slide back down and become generally confused on the cassette. Four gears is always no problem. When you're riding an 8 speed that's pretty much all you will ever need.

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    well im not riding 8 speed anymore in the future, anyway how to make sure you ONLY shifts about 4 gears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine
    I love gripshift, they are simple, light, and allow multiple gear changes. I actually think they simplify the handlebar control area.
    I have to agree with you on that on. They are built into the control area, probalby less prone to getting in the way of your hands, they dont buldge or stand out either. I'm tossing whether or not to go grip shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    well im not riding 8 speed anymore in the future, anyway how to make sure you ONLY shifts about 4 gears?

    You only shift it down 4...

    The shifter only does what you tell it to do.

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