I ride a REAL Schwinn!
Join Date: May 2002
Location: NH, USA
Bikes: Lemond Nevada City (stock), '00 Schwinn Moab 3 (very upgraded)
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There have been good reviews of the X.7 and X.9 systems. There are even models of shifters that are compatible with shimano derailleurs - FINALLY.
Even so, I have had good luck with Shimano and don't plan on switching. I have found that Jensonusa almost always has ther best prices on equipment. Supergo and even Pricepoint seem expensive compared to other online sites most of the time. Performance has a larger selection than all of the sites listed, but usually isn't the cheapest uynless they happen to have a good sale on something.
Some other stores to check out would be Coloradocyclist, Nashbar, and Cambriabike. I've never been impressed with Nashbar and colorado cyclist is usually expensive, though they have some unique items.