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Old 11-20-08, 06:11 PM
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9 speed shifters

I'm looking for a set of nice 9-speed trigger shifters (shift only) for my Muirwoods (which has a Deore rear deraileur). I've got around $50 to spend.

What I've found so far is:

Shimano SL-570 LX for $50 (Universal Cycles)
Shimano SL-530 Deore for $53 (Universal Cycles)
2007 SRAM Attack for $50 (Price Point)

I know in theory LX would be better than Deore, but I don't know how the older model LX might compare to current Deore. And then I just have no idea at all how the Attack shifters compare to Shimano.

Then, just to throw a wild card into this, I also found these:

2008 SRAM X.7 rear derailleur & shifter combo for $90 (Blue Sky Cycling)
2008 Shimano Deore XT M770 for $90 (Blue Sky Cycling)

These last two are a bit out of my budget, but I might be able to stretch if they'd be a lot better.

So, anybody have experience with these? What would you do?
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Old 11-20-08, 06:43 PM
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I think Jensonusa has a Shimano LX dual control lever/brake combo for hydraulic brakes.
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Old 11-20-08, 07:15 PM
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I have the LX hydro brakes, shifter combo (they also come in cable, if your for that, but the hydros are heavenly) and they are really great shifters for the money, very durable, smooth, and easy hand positioning.

I personally would put out a little extra and get new brakes while your at it so you can get the 2 in 1's, the whole change (hydro calipers, brakes, and shifters) is like 100 bucks.

It might sound like overkill but it will be worth it in the process of building up your bike. I spent over $1600 in the last 2 years on upgrading a FS and the most noticeable aspect are those brakes. What bike are you riding?

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Old 11-20-08, 09:26 PM
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100 bucks for hydro brakes and shifters??? my juicys cost 90 per brake and i don't think shimano has any cheapo hydros, then shfiters on top of that?

but back on topic, i think the older lx are a tad up from the newer deore, so i'd go for that. However, if the xt for 90 is the newer style xt, personally i'd wanna go for that even though it costs more, the newer xt this cool think where you can push or pull the downshift lever, so it can work like shimano or sram style shifting, also its xt so its like better and stuff.

ps. I hate dual control, upgrading your brakes is always fun, but i'd do it as a seperate piece, not getting any of those combo lever things, that only works on the road.
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I think the OP said that they want just the shifters, meaning the 9speed shifter pods only. I've always been a fan of separate shifters and brake levers, much more versatile. By the way, you can get Shimano hydro levers as separates.

That said, I'll say that I have always used Shimano XT shifter pods, and for me they rock, been very satisfied with them. The newer push-or-pull are still priced much higher than the OP's budget. Even the XT's from 3-4 years ago are great, in my opinion.

Perhaps someone else can shed some light on the performance of LX and Deore shifters.
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You guys are right. Why upgrade to LX when I can upgrade to XT for twice the price?

According to Blue Sky, these are the two-way shifters.



For the curious, these are for a Marin Muirwoods 29er. I just upgraded the brakes and levers to Avid BB7 and Speed Dial SL, which are pretty sweet for mechanicals (which I wanted to keep for the easier maintainence).
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I just upgraded the brakes and levers to Avid BB7 and Speed Dial SL, which are pretty sweet for mechanicals (which I wanted to keep for the easier maintainence).
Why is the maintenance easier?
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
Why is the maintenance easier?
Well, honestly, I've never had hydraulics, so I could be operating on some misconceptions, but my basic thinking is that the mechanical braking system is very simple. I know how every part of it works, and I know how to adjust it if it isn't working just the way I want it to. If something goes wrong, I can figure out what's wrong very easily, and it's almost always very cheap to fix whatever is wrong.

Now, it may be that if I got hydraulics I'd discover that once I got to know them, they wouldn't be that bad to work with. I don't know. But what I've heard is that hydraulics introduce additional complications.
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Originally Posted by sirtigersalot View Post
100 bucks for hydro brakes and shifters??? my juicys cost 90 per brake and i don't think shimano has any cheapo hydros, then shfiters on top of that?

but back on topic, i think the older lx are a tad up from the newer deore, so i'd go for that. However, if the xt for 90 is the newer style xt, personally i'd wanna go for that even though it costs more, the newer xt this cool think where you can push or pull the downshift lever, so it can work like shimano or sram style shifting, also its xt so its like better and stuff.

ps. I hate dual control, upgrading your brakes is always fun, but i'd do it as a seperate piece, not getting any of those combo lever things, that only works on the road.
So says everyone but these dual controls are amazing, and when i said 100 bucks for the set-up I meant for everything, right/left, front/back, 100-110 bucks... You cannot beat that for the price.

The XT's are the virtually the exact same thing for twice the price.

And its also about twice the price if you get the non-dual control set-up in the LX line.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Well, honestly, I've never had hydraulics, so I could be operating on some misconceptions, but my basic thinking is that the mechanical braking system is very simple. I know how every part of it works, and I know how to adjust it if it isn't working just the way I want it to. If something goes wrong, I can figure out what's wrong very easily, and it's almost always very cheap to fix whatever is wrong.

Now, it may be that if I got hydraulics I'd discover that once I got to know them, they wouldn't be that bad to work with. I don't know. But what I've heard is that hydraulics introduce additional complications.
This really is the BS (the concept, not you) that has kept my friends from going hydraulic.

I have had my hydros for 1.5 years and havent touched the fluid. Cant say the same for my bro's mechanicals, which I've replaced fouled up cables twice in the past year or two.
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in my experiance hyrod require less maitenance but when you do have to work on them (and i mean more than a pad spred or pad replacement) they will be alot more work, but they are just such great brakes, mechs are easy to fix but you have to work on them quite often. Regardless the op said they just got bb7s and speed dial 7s those are really good no need to upgrade, especially if your budget is $50

as far as dual control I just did a quick search on google, the only stuff i found for aroudn 100 bucks was only a single lever/shifter/caliper, so you have to buy front and reat ie $200, also there was a set of cable pull dual levers for 100 bucks but then you still need calipers (and its not hydro so kinda defeats teh purpose)
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http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...85+Levers.aspx
comes with housing and fluid, by the way.

http://www.bicyclebuys.com/item/1428858PART

You're right, the set-up will cost $150, I got mine a while back from performance for $25 per caliper, so i only payed 100 bucks. Still worth it.

$140 here:
http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=45817

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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
You guys are right. Why upgrade to LX when I can upgrade to XT for twice the price?

According to Blue Sky, these are the two-way shifters.



For the curious, these are for a Marin Muirwoods 29er. I just upgraded the brakes and levers to Avid BB7 and Speed Dial SL, which are pretty sweet for mechanicals (which I wanted to keep for the easier maintainence).
My buddy has these on his Titus. They're pretty sweet. I like my SRAM shifters, but the two-ways are pretty slick.
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Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
$57.00 for the new SLX two-way shifters. Just add shipping from the U.K..
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