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Old 09-04-14, 07:40 PM
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Given the wrong shifters - should I still keep them?

Hello,
My gear shifters died on my bike along with my front tire so I brought my bike into the local shop for repair.

My bike is a year 2000, Specialized Rockhopper A1 Comp FS

On diagnosing the problem, we agreed that we were going to replace the shifters with the same kind (Shimano Deore Rapidfire Plus)

But instead when I got my bike back I found they used the Shimano Alivio SL-M430. I got kind of mad because I wanted to replace with as close to the originals and also it wasn't what I had agreed to. Anyway I took the bike because I needed it, but they said I could bring it back and they could correct it for me.

My question is should I bother spending the extra $30 to get the original shifters I asked for? Or are the cheaper ones they gave me good enough. To be honest after riding it, the shifting isn't bad but it isn't great either, just doesn't catch on some gears right away, I suspect my bike needs more work on it, maybe more than just a tune up or something, it is really old.
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Old 09-04-14, 08:51 PM
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2014 Deore is the best 9speed you can get. In 2000 they would have been the worst. Functionally, I would expect current Alivio to perform just as well as 2000 Deore, if not better.
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x2 just keep what you have
Since the LBS switched out the shifters recently, you should be able to go back for minor adjusments but do it sooner than later (they owe you at least tweaking for the mistake...) after you feel confident the gears are properly adjusted, have them check the chain... is it stretched?
have them check if the derailer is still lined up...

last but not least, it may be time for a new/used better derailer (ultimately that's what I did recently on a couple bikes where the derailers had lost their spring)
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last but not least, it may be time for a new/used better derailer (ultimately that's what I did recently on a couple bikes where the derailers had lost their spring)
Sorry to go off topic, but... literally lost a spring? Like, the tab snapped off and the spring fell out?
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2014 Deore is the best 9speed you can get.
Current Deore M615 series is 10 speed, the previous generation M59* was 9 speed, and Alivio is the current highest 9 speed groupset.

For the OP, is the store isn't able to get 9 speed Deore from their distributors, you got the next best thing, and the only option available.
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Sorry to go off topic, but... literally lost a spring? Like, the tab snapped off and the spring fell out?
lol no, my "newness" is trying to write why ... and still learning proper lingo

The spring inside the rear derailers started to give out and created a "pause" or skips while shifting. I was able to find simuliar replacements used at a coop and replaced with the help of the coops mechanic.
Another derailer was bent and after it was straightened, worked as it should.
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With those shifters (even lower end models) shifting should be quick, it should not hesitate at all. Something else is still wrong, if it shifts well through some gears but not all of them it is not uncommon for the derailleur hanger to be bent. The new shifters should have came with cable and housing so hopefully they put the new cable/housing on with your shifter.

I would not worry about having a lower grade shifter but I would take it back to have them fix what else is wrong.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Current Deore M615 series is 10 speed, the previous generation M59* was 9 speed, and Alivio is the current highest 9 speed groupset.

For the OP, is the store isn't able to get 9 speed Deore from their distributors, you got the next best thing, and the only option available.
Yes I think this is what may have happened, I don't think it was a mistake. The Deore they showed me were probably the 10 speed but when they went to actually replace them realized they couldn't use those and went with the Alivio instead. Anyway I'm fine with them and I suspect something else is wrong causing the gear shifting to be out of whack. I'll bring it back and have them take another look.
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Current Deore M615 series is 10 speed, the previous generation M59* was 9 speed, and Alivio is the current highest 9 speed groupset.

For the OP, is the store isn't able to get 9 speed Deore from their distributors, you got the next best thing, and the only option available.
Thanks. Didn't even realize the next gen. was already out.

Moral to the story, don't rely on where something sits as a tier alone, because that changes from year to year (and occasionally even takes a step backward, in the case of Campagnolo Centaur, for example).
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