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    Pros and Cons of Dual Control vs. Standard Set-up with a Shifter Pod and Brake Lever

    I am debating making a switch from Dual Control XT 765 Levers to standard XT Rapid Fire Shifters with Shimano Brake Levers for my XT Brake Set-up.

    What are the pros and cons from everyone's experience?

    The reason for the potential switch is to provide more flexibility with position my levers and shifters as well as shifting performance. I have had some issues with ghost shifting. I have a new chain and Cassette as well as New 07' XTR Derailleurs.

    Thanks for your help!
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    pros for seperate
    if your shifter dies, the brakes wont have to be replaced and vice versa
    your brake lever can be setup for 1 finger
    you can brake and shift at the same time

    cons
    might be heavier

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    {edit}Maybe they are lighter... hmmm.. I thought the separate shift / brake were about 200g lighter than the DC setup.{/edit}

    Flexibility of shifter positioning? I would assume that on a Dual Control setup, if you can reach the brake lever - you should be able to reach the shifters too.....

    Did you change your shift cables, housing and check the alignment of your der. hanger when you replaced your chain, cassette and deraileure?

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    Discovered a bent rear derailleur hanger yesterday! Being repaired today..... This should help. I am going to run a few more weeks on the dual control to determine what the root cause might have been. I like the shifters. The brakes have been superb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forkboy
    {edit}Maybe they are lighter... hmmm.. I thought the separate shift / brake were about 200g lighter than the DC setup.{/edit}

    Flexibility of shifter positioning? I would assume that on a Dual Control setup, if you can reach the brake lever - you should be able to reach the shifters too.....

    Did you change your shift cables, housing and check the alignment of your der. hanger when you replaced your chain, cassette and deraileure?
    I like to use 1 finger for braking, dont know about using 1 finger for shifting also, thats why I like seperates, the brake can be set up for 1 finger and the shifter is moved in

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    DC is heavier than separate. The only pros I can see with DC is that it is cheaper than separate if you plan on running Shimano brakes. Separate is better in every other way.

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