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    XT Shifter/Brake Integrated Question...

    So I have the new style Shimano XT integrated shifters/levers. I want to remove the thumbshifter located at the bottom but when I unscrew the plastic piece, the metal it attaches to remains. Leaving this metal exposed looks dangerous to my knees.....

    Anyone know how I can remove the entire thumbshifter as I just don't use them???

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    Back riding again in Sunny SoCal. Outskirts of Palm Springs.

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    Removing thumb shifter not a problem

    I removed mine and have had no problems. Try it and if you dont't like it you can just put them back on.

    I started to like the dual control shifters better after removing the thumb shifter as it forces you to use them as they where designed. I think if you also ride road bikes dual control is very easy to get used to otherwise is just does not seem right. A number of people have asked me "so how do you shift?". That being said on my next MTB bike I will be back to trigger shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbennett
    So I have the new style Shimano XT integrated shifters/levers. I want to remove the thumbshifter located at the bottom but when I unscrew the plastic piece, the metal it attaches to remains. Leaving this metal exposed looks dangerous to my knees.....

    Anyone know how I can remove the entire thumbshifter as I just don't use them???

    Thanks
    db
    I was worried about the metal tab-thingy being leftover, too... I couldn't figure out a way to get it off, without using a hacksaw.

    But I took the thumb lever off anyway. No problems / knee scrapes to speak of...

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    I have run 2 years without the thumb shifters and not had a problem. Trust me, I have fallen MANY times and not had a problem with the little metal tab that remains. I suspect the only way to remove it would be with a dremmel cut-off wheel, but don't think it is worth the effort.
    It's only pain......

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    Yeah me too. Not even an issue.

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