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12/16/2009 7:05 PM

as a grom coming up in the world, im starting to pay closer attention to actual bikes, not just riding. and what seems to be a pretty bland and debatable question, i just cant find the answer too...


(specific to shifting)


"rip before you slip" -kevin horstmann

1/17/2010 3:28 PM

shimano 100% for me, i had sram and I broke the x-5 in 2 days and x-7 or 9 or somethin in like a week, luckily they were under waruntee, i gotta a shimano now and its solid so far.


1/17/2010 5:51 PM

I have to go with Sram myself. I have had much better luck with Sram and personally prefer the shifter to Shimano. I did ride Saint this year which was alright and definetlly much better than my previous experience with Shimano but I'm still going to be switching back to Sram.



2/6/2010 6:02 AM

Both are nice and i´ve owned XT shifts and X.7 and 9 but to be honest Shimano is way better than Sram, the Sram gears lacks on quality but has good functionality. Shimano on other hand are durable and good functions. Feels like that at least.


In It To Pin It

2/6/2010 6:52 AM

Id say shimano as long as you go slx or higher


2/9/2010 9:18 PM

SRAM! I have owned both and i think it is a night and day difference. I always found myself re tuning my shimano and never could get it to shift anything like my SRAM. Even my clapped out x9 shifts better then the XT i had when it was brand new. I will admit that Shimano cranks are pretty boss though.


2/17/2010 8:13 AM

How about Sramano????? lmao jk jk SAINT!!!!!!!!!! Its the shizz and shifts like no mans business!


2/17/2010 9:15 AM

I think, if you want durability, Id say Shimano, but SRAM shifts waay better in my opinion...


2/17/2010 12:44 PM

People still use derailleurs?


2/17/2010 1:24 PM

hands down Shimano.. Well, any of the new stuff with shadow technology. Saint is my next purchase. The 2010 X-9 deraileur is very nice but the multi directional upshift of shimano is a sick feature and it is a much more precise shifting than my x-9.. It's all personal preference but my opinion new saint shifting is unmatched


2/22/2010 8:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2016 10:18 AM

I prefer SRAM's rear shifting, and with the Hammerschmidt are light years ahead of Shimano front shifting (and their own f. derailleurs for that matter).

That said, I have some generation 1.5 XTR stuff on a 10+ year old rigid bike that I barely service and it still functions great. I doubt I'm going to be saying the same for my SRAM stuff.


If you go looking for trouble, you can be sure it's gaining from behind.

3/1/2010 8:46 AM

Both Sram and Shimano work very well when they are serviced. I prefer Sram because it works solid and it's a little more affordable.