Dual Control and Freeride
Another obvious difference is the level of technical difficulty on the trails on the Shore and in B.C. in general. The easiest trail on Fromme is vastly more difficult in every way than anything found at Fantasy Island. In fact you could probably ride brakeless if you were careful there but on the Shore losing either brake means the end of your ride. Which leads me to my next point; Dual Control and Freeride is not a match made in heaven. I had a good look at the bikes at Rampage and not a single rider - Shimano sponsored or not - was using Dual Control. When the speeds are high, the trails steep, the drops big or the logs skinny your brakes are everything. In those situations it makes absolutely no sense to have your brake levers doing double duty. You want them solidly mounted and moving along only one plane. When riding anything steep I find my fingers slipping off dual control and my fingers shift the levers after even a small drop. To their credit Shimano has added stand alone brake levers for Saint this year and they are also offering generic Rapid Fire shifters in either black or silver to match any of their groups.