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  • Grip, Shift or Trigger?

     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 10 months ago 9 Members · 25 Posts
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  • onedego

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Hey all,

    got back after a cracking day out at Delamere (had my first go with the SPDs and, of course, crashed and burned, but only once). I noticed that the missus is having terrible trouble with her grip shifting gears on her bike, being rather unresponsive. I don’t have the problem on my bike, and have trigger shifters.

    This got me thinking (like it would do in a beautiful environment like Delamere), “which type of shift is the best to use on a bike?”.

    I only know of three types, so there may be more, i dont know…

    So what do you think…

    Slide Shift (old school?)

    Trigger Shift

    Grip Shift

    or something else?

    by the way, the SPDs were like heaven, definately make the uphills easier!

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 6:43 pm

    trigger shift all the time…

    grip shift are useless…….

  • Gunner

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Grip shift is terrible.

    I have never had it, but the few bikes I have ridden with it on, and the many people I have known with it, agree that it is awful, particularly the further down the price range your bike is in.

    I know when it was first launched there were lots of issues with spring problems, whether these were properly addressed I don’t know.

    Shimano STI for me everytime. 😀

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I tried Grip-Shift a while ago – crap!!

    Now have a Deore rapid-fire style (two triggers) that works well.

    That having been said, my road bike has twin downtube shifters – most precise of the lot!

  • BigBadJohn118

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:05 pm

    For me it has to be The XTR 2 Way Release Rapid Fire Trigger shifters.

    beautiful even when they are not paired with Gore-Tex Ride-On Sealed Cables.

    I had Grip shifters on my old gold kids apollo about 7 or 8 years ago and i did not like them even still they where standerd.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:13 pm

    For me it has to be The XTR 2 Way Release Rapid Fire Trigger shifters

    I somehow thought that this would be the case, John! 😉 😀

  • griffo20022

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Trigger shifters all the way. Gripshift is sloppy as hell!

  • BigBadJohn118

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:22 pm

    For me it has to be The XTR 2 Way Release Rapid Fire Trigger shifters

    I somehow thought that this would be the case, John! 😉 😀

    😆 😆

    😉

    Trigger shifters all the way. Gripshift is sloppy as hell!

    yeah i did not like the feel of Grip shifters, just the sloppy performance and the position of my hands. i like trigger shifters more and ur hands just sit on the bars and either ur finger or thumb does the work, and just 1 finger needed for the braking power,well for Xtr u only need 1 finger 😆 😆

  • Abzz

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Agree with all above, Grip shift = rubbish

    Trigger shift is 100 times better!

  • SeanO

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I don’t like 2 way release, feels wrong and seems to work better one way rather than the other. 😕

  • BigBadJohn118

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t like 2 way release, feels wrong and seems to work better one way rather than the other. 😕

    its not often i use the 2 way shifting Method, but it comes in handy when you want to change gear (Faster).

    your thumb shifter i forgot how to describe things now 😆 but the gear you use your Thumb for stays the same, and the shifter thingie you use ur finger for can either Push Forward twice in once motion or pull backwards twice in one motion. it is faster than normal.

    when you use them as normal 1 way shifting, they feel literally the same.

  • SeanO

    Member
    1 March 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I know how it works, I swapped a set of shifter off the Orange 5 that came as standard. When your gears need adjusting the 1st thing you notice is that your normal down shift stops working properly so you start bashing it with your thumb. I like things simple; I’d rather have it just one way. 😉

  • BigBadJohn118

    Member
    2 March 2009 at 12:00 am

    We are all (entitled) to have our own choice/Items..etc..etc

    I like things that are Advanced 😉

    Everyone has there own Experience and Taste 8)

    I just LOVVVVVVVVE X-T-R 😉

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    2 March 2009 at 10:22 am

    With my Grip-Shift, I spent about 4 solid days setting it all up to work. Cable properly routed, lubed, adjusted, tweaked, sworn at and cried over – despite all this, it allowed me to change sloppily and no more! Also, without my bar ends, it seemed to change to a bigger gear whenever I went over a bump with my hand even slightly touching the grip! 👿

    Still, if anyone still like these, they sell on eBay for pennies now.

  • GOLDGPR

    Member
    3 March 2009 at 10:47 am

    Often find that racers use gripshift but think that this is usually weight saving but think that they use the top end SRAM versions

    Personally also like triggers with XT and XTR being most liked from what i have used. Anybody got any views on SRAM triggers never used them?

    G

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