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    Newbie Q on changing shifters

    I have an 05 Specialized Epic Disc which has,
    front deraileur: Shimano LX
    rear deraileur: Shimano XT
    disc brakes: Avid mechanical cable

    shifters: Shimano LX
    Brake levers: Avid

    My only gripe is that I have a smallish hand and short thumb. I find that chaging to the highest gear on front, or lowest on rear to be hit and miss affair. I often do not push with my thumb hard / far enough.


    For above reason, amongst others, I have a desire to upgrde the shifters and really like the idea of Shimano's dual control. I am assuming one of the Shimano XT or XTR
    would be ideal. The question is;

    -Which model exactly should I start shopping for - that will work with all
    my other components? I would probably stay with XT/XTR for the bling factor.

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    First go test ride some bikes with dual control levers to see if they work for you.

    You will be looking at $200-300 for the levers alone.
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    What Shiggy said... Plus..

    I have Dual Control XTR and the brake/shifter levers have a relatively small range of adjustment to get it closer to the bar. You may also want to consider SRAM Grip Shifters (lighter as well).

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    Try rotating them around so that the thumb paddle sits higher.

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    Thanks for your replies...

    1. I will testride a bike with it first.
    2. I have a (unrealistic as it may be) dislike for grip shifters.
    3. I have moved it one way and another around the bars - still have difficulty getting shifts into Large cogs.


    One more question please... I've been reading that the Dual Controls are ideally used with Low Normal rear deraileur. I have the "normal" XT rear Deraileur - would they still work together?

    Am I correct to say (with my "normal rear deraileur);
    Front - Push Down to change to higher gear (larger ring)
    Rear - Push Down to change to Lower gear (larger cog) ??

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    My bike came originally with a high-normal rear derailleur and Deore shifters. It worked great. I converted it to a low-normal rear derailleur and it worked great.

    With a high-normal rear derailleur, shifting is like you described.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    First go test ride some bikes with dual control levers to see if they work for you.

    You will be looking at $200-300 for the levers alone.
    Actually for less. A set of XT dual control levers for V-brake/Cable disc brakes can be had on ebay for about $100-130 or purchased from Nasbar for $143.10 after a 10% coupon. If you don't mind LX levers- Nashbar has them for $76.76 after 10% coupon.
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