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    Riding free's the mind
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    New XT shifter work with low normal derailleur?

    Anyone know if the current XT shifters are compatible with older "normal" Shimano derailleurs (non-rapid rise)? Some descriptions of them say best with high-normal. Is "high normal" the same as rapid rise?

    If this is the case, where can I find shifters to work with older shimano rear derailleurs?
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    what is the model of your 'older' rear derailleurs ...
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    The derailleur is an XTR, circa '99-'00, not rapid rise, matte dark gray color.

    It's a friends Jamis Dakota, the usual LBS bike with a mix of component levels - XTR R derailleur, XT F derailleur, Deore shift pods, Avid v-brakes. The shifters suck, and the front is broken so trying to replace the shift pods with something more current and at the XT level.
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    it should work fine... shimano hasn't change the cable pull on their system...so as long as the the number of gears in the shifter an cassette match, you should be good to go... when using a rapidrise RD, the paddle in the shifter operate opposite as with a high normal RD, but it works...


    BTW, low normal = rapid rise

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    Great thanks for the info!
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