Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: GA, USA
Bikes: A fat tire & a skinny tire & two others I loaned out
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I think we're all forgetting that "better" is often an opinion. The impression I've gotten is that SRAM performs better at any given pricepoint, but Shimano will outlast SRAM in terms of durability. I can vouch that in my experience, SRAM X7 shifts smoother & more efficiently than Shimano Deore, & same for X9 vs XT.
BUT, not better enough to be worth dishing out the extra cash for new shifters, IMO.