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Old 04-10-05, 05:55 PM   #1
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Broke my Shifter - Should I upgrade?

I fell this weekend and broke the shifter on a bike I've had about a month. Its a Deore shifter and I have deore front and XT rear derailleurs. If I replace it with an XT will I notice much performance difference, or is weight the primary difference between deore and XT shifters? Is it worth $45 or so for the XT vs $15 or so to replace it with a new deore? Should I replace both my shifters or would an XT shifter be pointless with a deore front derailleur?

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Question 2: Is a shifter easy to install or should I take it to my LBS? I dont have much experience working on bikes but generally dont have any problem doing things myself if I have the right tools etc. Thanks again for helping.
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Old 04-10-05, 06:26 PM   #3
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It would probably be more worth it to replace with a sram shifter set and rear derailluer. shimano front derailluers are compatible with sram.
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there is very little difference in the performance of shimano groups especially the deore lx and xt the big diff is long term durability and weight if you want to try something different the new sram stuff works beauty but has not been out long enough to know how long it stands up
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My friend is the mechanic at the shop and he runs x.9 derailluers on his DH bike. They never break on him. He races semi-pro. He prefers the x.7 shifters because they are plastic and dont hurt if you hit your knees on them. It is a proven system, and works very, very well.
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Replacing a shifter is a novice level repair. Visit parktool.com. An XT shifter will be "better" in the sense that it should be lighter and is made of "better" materials. Quantifying the cost vs. gain is pretty hard to say. Esp. when I haven't ever made that move.

You will have a better shifter and the fact that it is mated to a Deore derailleur does nothing to change that. A pair of Armani pants matched with a set of Fruit of the Loom undies doesn't diminish the pants nor the unders for that matter.

I have a set of cheapie ef29 shifters mated to a brand new LX derailleur on one of my bikes. It shifts great and I am happy. Despite the fact that my shifters are inexpensive. It shifts perfectly for me.
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