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Old 11-30-08, 09:25 PM
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Seekin Twist Shifter Experience/Opinion

I'm considering an 8 speed twist shifter replacement and other than really liking them I know nothing about quality or model I should look for. Seems like the two primary choices or the Shimano Revoshifter or one of the many SRAM models. Is one considered better or more reliable than the other?

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Old 11-30-08, 09:38 PM
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I have had cheap and better quality SRAM shifters. Both worked well but the cables were much easier to replace on the better quality one. No experience with the Shimano.
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There is a world of difference in the SRAM upper end products....X.7, X.9 and X.0 (I am not familiar with X.5 but believe that this is the lower end of the series.) X.0 is the equivalent of Shimano XTR, X.9 is XT etc. The major requirement when using these shifters is that they will only work with the SRAM ESP (1:1) series of rear derailleurs.
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Old 12-01-08, 05:26 AM
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Just my opinion they are touchie I don't like them
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I likes the shimano ones because they are easier to service and to replace cable when it needed.
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Old 12-01-08, 10:11 AM
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I use the SRAM MRX Comp (with Shimano derailleurs) on my winter commuter bike. They've been fine and the cables are easy to change.
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Old 12-01-08, 10:31 AM
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I use the SRAM MRX Comp (with Shimano derailleurs) on my winter commuter bike. They've been fine and the cables are easy to change.
Dang and they cost nothing! So, in theory I should be able to buy these and they'll work with my Shimano derailers, yes?
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I recently swapped out my Giant Yukon's stock trigger shifters for SRAM Attack 8 speed grip shifters and really like them. They are at least one level up in quality from the MRX line; I got mine for under $30: https://www.pricepoint.com/detail/149...ters-%2707.htm
They work with Shimano derailleurs and replacing the cable is very easy, even with the shifter in place on the handlebar.

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Old 12-01-08, 06:29 PM
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I'm not a fan of twist shifters, but SRAM makes the best ones. The higher end ones are even easier to change cables than on the revoshift. You will need a new rear derailleur though
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SRAM MRX and Attack are the Shimano-compatible shifters. They are much, much better than the Shimano shifters. I would seriously consider going one better though, and getting SRAM 1:1 shifters and a SRAM rear derailleur. There's no comparison; it's a much better set-up than Shimano.

I've been using SRAM shifters for years. Before that I used Sachs twist shifters. I even still have a few new sets in storage in case I ever want them again. lol. However, I've lately become a convert to SRAM's X-7 trigger shifters. They make me happy.
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Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
There's no comparison; it's a much better set-up than Shimano.
Thi is entirely a matter of opinion.
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Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
Thi is entirely a matter of opinion.
And I just gave mine.
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Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
Thi is entirely a matter of opinion.
Didn't read the thread title, eh?
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Old 12-02-08, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Christopher View Post
Dang and they cost nothing! So, in theory I should be able to buy these and they'll work with my Shimano derailers, yes?
Yes, they are designed to work with Shimano derailleurs.

I'm using them on my bike with XT derailleurs, and my brother has them on his mid-90s Trek MTB with Shimano STX derailleurs.

If you end up not liking them, you're not out a whole lot of coin.
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never liked them much myself. They are in a bad place, requiring you to come off the hoods or drops to shift.
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Thanks for all the replies, guys. This is very helpful. When I embark on the project I have in mind I'll post lots of pictures.

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Originally Posted by adaminlc View Post
never liked them much myself. They are in a bad place, requiring you to come off the hoods or drops to shift.
Only if you're riding a road bike and shifting someone else's mountain bike as they ride beside you......
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I had some MRX shifters years ago and the overly complicated cable change and tendancy to get gummed up inside made them my least favourite shifters of all time. Sachs used to make some really sweet twist shifters for Shimano derailleurst hat worked great and had an easy cable change. Sram bought Sachs and I think based their Attack shifter design on the Sachs design, so it is probably pretty good.

The Shimano twist shifters are strictly low-end cheapies, IMHO, and should not be considered as an aftrmarket upgrade considering what is available from Sram.
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Originally Posted by PlatyPius View Post
And I just gave mine.
Oh, in that case...my opinion is you're wrong.
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I'm starting to switch a lot of my bikes over to twist shifters. The SRAM X-0 twist shifters are really cheap for what I get-- the best shifting I've ever experienced. They're about $65 for the set.

I started playing around with the twist shifters first with the left/front shifter because you get microshifting-- no more chain rub. Another plus is you can shift across five or more gears fast and clean. Yes, you need the 1:1 rear derailleur. Front is the same as Shimano.
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Originally Posted by adaminlc View Post
never liked them much myself. They are in a bad place, requiring you to come off the hoods or drops to shift.
You must have a better memory than I do. I thought they gave up on the road models in 1990 or so...
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I have have 9 speed SRAM Rocket shifters on an otherwise all Shimano XT bike. It shifts flawlessly.
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I have nightmares still about the SRAM HalfPipe twist shifters that came on my mountain bike.

I can imagine the brainstorming session that went on in the SRAM engineering department:
"Hey! I've got it! Lets make MOST of the grip dangerously prone to twisting unpredictably after an impact instead of just the first inch and a half! We'll call it the HalfPipe."
"Sounds trendy. But why not the whole grip, Dave?"
"We've got to leave room for improvement. Next year we'll introduce the FullPipe."
"Hey, guys, I've got one! After that we'll do one with the whole handlebar twisting wildly in the stem."
"Awesome. What'll we call it?"
"CrackPipe!"
"Nice work, men, let's take a break. Smoke 'em if you got 'em."
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
I have nightmares still about the SRAM HalfPipe twist shifters that came on my mountain bike.

I can imagine the brainstorming session that went on in the SRAM engineering department:
"Hey! I've got it! Lets make MOST of the grip dangerously prone to twisting unpredictably after an impact instead of just the first inch and a half! We'll call it the HalfPipe."
"Sounds trendy. But why not the whole grip, Dave?"
"We've got to leave room for improvement. Next year we'll introduce the FullPipe."
"Hey, guys, I've got one! After that we'll do one with the whole handlebar twisting wildly in the stem."
"Awesome. What'll we call it?"
"CrackPipe!"
"Nice work, men, let's take a break. Smoke 'em if you got 'em."
The trick was to double-spring them.
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