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Old 12-13-10, 12:35 PM   #1
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More durable twist shifters & X.0 break


QUESTION - Has there been, or will there be METAL twist shifters? I think I know the answer but thought I'd ask. I can only wish for a metal twist shifter, with durability like a Shimano bar-end shifter.

I've been heavily using my SRAM X.0's for about 4 years now. The rear 9spd shifter has incredible performance and a twist shifter is a god-send when wearing winter gloves. Finally it's starting to crap out, really just PLASTIC parts snapping or wearing down. So far it's been cosmetic damage every year, but today something snapped inside big time. I can pull cable a bit, but not getting tension. I can hear something loose inside when twisting. When lifting the rubber dust flap I no longer see the metal toggle (at the end of the cable) peaking out, when twisting along the entire range. I have a feeling the plastic 'catcher', that holds the cable end, has busted.
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Old 12-17-10, 07:49 AM   #2
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4 years? Buy new. That's pretty good for components that get "heavily used".

Metal twist shifter? Yeah -- you'll be wishin'.

I don't get the issue with winter gloves, though; I run X.9 triggers, they're nearly 4 years old, and I have no problems at all.
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Old 12-17-10, 07:57 AM   #3
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Sturmey Archer made some metal grip shifters but they were 3-speed, they're OOP and rare as hen's teeth.
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Four years' out of XO with hard use, warrants another set...
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