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    Shimano or SRAM?

    I need some help distinguishing which is better. I'm familiar with a lot of Shimano products but have never heard of SRAM. Can anyone fill me in; are they good or bad? advantages/disadvantages?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleTrackDemon
    I need some help distinguishing which is better. I'm familiar with a lot of Shimano products but have never heard of SRAM. Can anyone fill me in; are they good or bad? advantages/disadvantages?

    Thanks.
    You should really do a search on this subject. The answer is way too long and everyone has their preference. Which is better? Ask 100 people and you will get about a pretty even percentage of folks who will say one or the other. ME??? for the XT level components (shimano reference) I much prefer SRAM X.9. Notacably crisper, more precise shifts (rear der. anyhow) over XT.

    SRAM uses a shifter that has 2 thumb paddles instead of one thumb and one forefinger (trigger).

    I could go on and on but won't. USE THE SEARCH, LUKE....

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    I do not think that either Shimano or SRAM is "better", when talking about shifters and deraileurs. I DO think that they are different.

    I PREFER SRAM's thumb shifters. Also, I think that Shimano has such a strong position in bicycle parts that a bit of competition is a good thing.

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    Flip a coin. I like Shimano derailleurs & Sram cassetts & chains. Sram has really cool carbon & machined aluminum components. The new Shimano '07 is pimp. Oh i'm getting confused

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    I prefer Sram RD's, Triggers, cassettes...I prefer Shinamo's FD's, and Chains...as far as i'm concerned its a personal preference thing
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    I used Shimano's XT, XTR, and SRAMS's X-9. I prefer the X-9s more than the XTRs. It shift really fast and clean!. .

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    I've used Shimano almost exclusively since I've started biking. Some people complain that they use proprietary parts, so you can't swap out for something else. While it's a pain, I don't necessarily see it as a terrible thing. Can you put a set of Ford headers on your Nissan?

    Anyway, I've ridden with SRAM components on a friend's bike, and didn't really notice a difference once I'd gotten used to them. For my money, I just got the XTR HollowTech 2 cranks and Dual-Action Shifters. SOOOOOO sweet! Pretty intuitive, too, once you get the hang of it.

    *shrug* Hope I helped.

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    SRAM triggers. (X9)

    I hate Shimano Rapid Rise.
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    SRAM X.0/X.9 gets my vote as pick of the litter.

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    I'm using SRAM X.7 and no faults here. Has anyone tried between the X.7 and X.9? Is there a significant difference?
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    I think the only difference is a different housing, lighter weight and a few more metal parts instead of plastic.

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    I think it's a preference thing, and also local support.

    Shimano is very good, SRAM makes some things work different, both are very reliable and good. I would like to try SRAM stuff, but I have 2 issues to do so:

    1. In Mexico, it's harder to find SRAM stuff, so going Shimano makes replacement easier.
    2. I have Shimano integrated shifters, so it makes replacing them for SRAM stuff costly.

    About being propietary, in a way, so is SRAM. I can't put a SRAM pulley on a Shimano RD if it breaks, but that's the other way around. I'm not aware of a 3rd party that you could swap stuff from it and SRAM.

    Ok, Shimano wants to make you build your whole bike Shimano (ask SRAM about the same ). What I find is that if you go center-lock and dual-control, you have a great system, but if you want to try something else you find your wedlocked to shimano stuff....

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    Sram

    Quote Originally Posted by silentak1
    I'm using SRAM X.7 and no faults here. Has anyone tried between the X.7 and X.9? Is there a significant difference?
    I got 2 bikes running.One X-9,hollow pin chain,upper end Sram cassette.The other(all mountain)bike with X-7,a notch down on chain and cassette.I can't tell any difference.Depends on which one is cleaner.I would assume the X-9 might last longer(more miles).And I love twist shifters.Half pipes.

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