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    Broken Sram X3 Trigger Shifter

    Hello to all. I have a Hardrock Disc 29er which has a broken face on the left hand Sram X3 7 spd. trigger shifter. I figured I would go ahead and change it out. However, I was wondering if I should possibly change both shifters out to something a touch better.

    Any recommendations for upgrades? Maybe something that offers a good "bang for the buck"?

    If I upgrade both shifters to something else, will I have to make changes to any other parts on the bike?

    Thanks!

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    You can buy X.7's cheap on Ebay, and if you get the 2011 models, they have the "zero loss" feature that was only present on x.9's in prior years. I have set of the older x.7s that I bought new for $32 and a set of the 2011 version that I think were like $48. They both work very, very well.

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    Thanks for the info Wayne. I was eyeballing the X7's a bit earlier today instead of working.

    However, since I only have 7 speeds on the bike I believe I would have to change out much more than just the shifters. I may just start doing that anyhow...

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    Yea...those don't come in 7 speed (or 8 speed for that matter).

    For 7 speed SRAM you have two options, the X3 triggers or you can go with 3.0 Grip Shifters. You can also use 8 speed shifters and lock out the last shift with the low (L) set limiter on the rear derailleur. The numbers will not line up (you get 2-8 in back) but it does give you the option of upgrading. I've seen 8 speed X5 trigger shifters on Ebay which would be a pretty big upgrade from the X3 versions.

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