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  1. #1
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    Want to go grip shifter: SRAM Attack plus XTR or full SRAM?

    I want to go 1x9 with a grip shifter.

    As it happens, I have a Shimano short cage XTR rear derailleur. As you know, the Shimano rear uses a 2:1 actuation ratio, whereas SRAM has a 1:1 ratio, so either I buy:
    1. a Shimano compatible SRAM Attack grip shifter to go with the XTR derailleur
    2. dump the XTR derailleur and buy an SRAM grip shifter and SRAM derailleur (probably X9, since X0 is way more expensive.

    Not sure how good the SRAM Attack grip shifter is?

    Any comments or suggestions?


  2. #2
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    Been with Grips forever

    The old Sram Attack twisters are my favorite! Haven't had too much experience with the newer "spring loaded" types. The older ones (I think now they call them MRX models) were simple, maintenance free, bombproof, shifted perfectly and light. Been using them ever since they went from the old Xray models to attacks.

    My favorite combo is a shimano rear derailler and attack shifters. Although, the old SRAM 9.0 (identical to the old attacks but 1:1) twist shifters with an X-9 rear is a close second.

    Despite what seems like a majority of trigger users, I swear by the twisters. I've heard good stuff about the newer attack twisters but nothing beats the simple and precise 3 piece design (with only 1 real moving piece) of the old attacks /new MRX.


  3. #3
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    Since you already have a good and expensive rear derailleur I think you should just get the Attack twisters. They're only about $40 I think.

    If you get the X-9 rear derailleur and X.0 twisters (the X-0 only cost a little more and have better grips - otherwise identical to X-9) you'll be spending around $120+.

    I'm using all SRAM stuff and I love it. I have a long standing prejudice against Shimano gear that started about 20+ years ago, but nowadays it's completely unfounded. Shimano stuff is good too!
    Rigid bikes FTW!

  4. #4
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    Thanks for replies

    That's good thinking... I like the 1:1, but ... money's too tight to mention!!!

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