its not a shimano vs. SRAM debate.....its far beyond that. its human response system. Did i confuse you enough?
Okay. I have been using Shimano LX and XT shifters for a while. Then, last year I replaced my shifters to SRAM. X-7s on two bikes. X-9 on the third. and I kept the DeoreLX shifter on the forth bike.
This summer I have been riding on trails almost everyday. Mostly using the bikes with SRAM shifters. One thing I have realized lately is that I am confusing the up shifting and down shifting with the SRAM when I am on a tight/technical situation. I think my response system is having a hard time memorizing the two different shifting with one fingure (thumb).
When I use my LX shifters, I think that my physical respose system has much easier time remembering and assigning one task to one fingure (one fingure of upshifting, one fingure for down shifting). Note that I dont have any problem with the performance of the shifters. its just that my response system is acting differently to the different shifter design of SRAM and Shimano.
Now, this may be a result of many factors, including:
1. using Shimano for a long time and my nurves got used to a certain type of action (two fingure shifting)
2. body's memory system works better when two different fingures are assigned for two different tasks. and they are asked to do the same thing when needed. Not alternate between tasks.
3. I am paying way too much attention on shifters and not riding enough.
4. My male brain is useless when it comes to multi-tasking....hai, do women find SRAM shifting system more useful than shimano...compared to men. it would be an interesting research...
5. I am getting darn old. and I just need to go back to grip shifters...
your kind thoughts, please..