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    Is my shifter backwards?

    I just bought a Gary Fisher Marlin for my wife and on our first trip I was explaining how to shift. I told her to get a higher gear/go faster use her thumb and when climbing to pull with her finger.
    After awhile of grunting and groaning she thought something was wrong. I tried her bike and it was the exact opposite of my shifters. They are both Deore derailers and it has me thinking that one of ours might be backwards.

    Can they be setup backwards or do different bike manufactures have different setups?

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    sorry
    Last edited by skim1040; 06-28-2008 at 10:17 PM.
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    (^ Erm, what?!?)



    You have a rapidrise derailleur.

    She does not.



    Basically, increasing cable tension moves yours from lower gears to higher ones.
    Hers is a conventional mech and increased cable tension moves it from higher gears to lower ones.

    Both types work with shimano rapidfire shifters - which is where your confusion comes from


    Shifters cant be set up backwards - the cable passes through the shifter to the derailleur, one trigger adds tension to the cable, the other releases tension. The direction the mech moves in is dependant on the type of mech, a rapidrise will be at rest on the lowest gear on the cassette (if all cable tension is removed and limits correctly set) and a conventional mech will be at rest on the highest gear (with no cable tension, and limits correctly set).

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    One more thing

    EnglishT nailed it. The only thing I would add is that some people like Rapid Rise and some don't. I've used both and so far like it since it's easier to shift to a lower gear and when I need to shift quickly, it's always to go to a lower gear. Another consideration (at least in theory) is that if you ever had a shifter or cable go bad on a ride and you had to finish out the ride in the default gear, Rapid Rise means you'd be in the lowest gear instead of the highest one. Might not matter as much if you have a tripple, but I've got a 1x9 so I'll take the low gear.

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    Thanks, I thought one of us had something wrong.

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    Its not technically wrong - they are just different mechs.

    Personally, I loved the rapidrise... What are technically known as "oh sh!t" shifts are downshifts so it helps to have that as the easy trigger (cable release)...

    But I broke several - so i'm now back onto conventional - purely because its the only way to get a shadow =/

    If shimano made a shadow rapidrise, I would switch to it in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishT
    ... If shimano made a shadow rapidrise, I would switch to it in a heartbeat ...
    I know what you mean ... but i still much prefer low normal ... of course when shimano does come out with a shadow rapidrise ... then i guess i will have an xt low normal for sale ...

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