Is there any difference in quality between Shimano and SRAM component series at similar price levels?
For example, are SRAM X.0 and Shimano XTR as good as each other? Are X.9 and XT comparable... etc?
Most bikes I'm looking at (hardtail up to $1200) seem to come with Shimano although some come with the higher end SRAM series.
Also: I notice most bikes come with trigger shifters, very little with gripshifts. Are there advantages or disadvantages or is it all personal preference?