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    Trigger or grip, what shifter do you prefer?

    Which one do you prefer for year around use? And Why? I love my trigger shifters but am trying to find out what will and won't work for winter since I am preparing to buy my first fatty.

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    grip-twist, nuvinci specific...
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    Twist or thumb. I have never liked triggers on fat bikes.
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    Grip Twist. Rohloff.

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    Put your winter gloves on and ride your triggers. If you like...keep them. If you don't, then you know what to do.

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    I use both with equal enthusiasm…. even used both on the same bike for a few years, I broke a left XT trigger and a new twister was a lot cheaper. After installing it I rediscovered how much easier it was to trim the FD with a twist shifter..

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    Love my XT trigger shifters, multiple gear changes in one push!
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    Grip shifter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzwardo View Post
    Which one do you prefer for year around use? And Why? I love my trigger shifters but am trying to find out what will and won't work for winter since I am preparing to buy my first fatty.
    Trigger. Having used a variety of both styles of shifters I have liked the Tigger option better almost every time. Having said that if I bought a new bike and it came with a grip shifter I wouldn't spend a bunch of $$ to get rid of it. I would just use it until I need to upgrade.
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    I prefer triggers, easier to turn a bunch of gears at once on the fly. But if you're winter riding with thick gloves that may be harder.

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    I went with dual control on the fatty...I never got on well with twisties.

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    Hey;

    Besides the obvious reasons for using twisties, chronicled in all of the other similar threads, and again above (winter gloves, mostly), I find that I ride my Fatty in a lot of weird places I don't go on skinny bikes. Lots of strange body english positions, leaning, twisting, ducking. I find it easier to bang a shift with a gripper in these odd situations, since it can be done from any clock position around the grip. Granted, it's not often or that big a deal, but it is an advantage.

    It's hard to find the trigger when you are flying over the bars, for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    I went with dual control on the fatty...I never got on well with twisties.

    This ^^^^^.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Put your winter gloves on and ride your triggers. If you like...keep them. If you don't, then you know what to do.
    This and I like my triggers in the cold.

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    Been using XT Triggers all along but my RA is getting worse and when I shift, especially from small ring to big it is killing my thumb joints. I may soon be using twisties.

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    Trigger or grip, what shifter do you prefer?

    Paul's Thumbies. Hands down.


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    Re: Trigger or grip, what shifter do you prefer?

    I like grips so much i switched my FS 29er to them as well. Being able to grab a bunch of gears with a little twist of the wrist is so much faster and easier than triggers... this of course is just my opinion as well as all responses you will get on this.
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    X0 Grips. No question about it. Think gloves in the winter and I can still dump the gears with a quick twist.

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    Just switched to XO gripshift and man is it nice...super smooth and positive shifting. The ability to upshift or downshift all at once is really nice....can't wait till the snow flies!

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    Twist for me (partial to X0) without question.

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    My last grip shift was on a department store bike many years ago so my judgement may be bias. I'm sure the newer quality stuff is far beyond that. I have the trigger style on my Fuel and Superfly and absolutely love them.

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    ^^^The new XO is a totally different animal.....super slick!

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    Switched to trigger then switched back to Grip shift due to problems shifting when using my Bar Mitts.
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    I like my SRAM double-tap flatbar shifters in 2x10 mode. Less expensive than trigger or grip, considering they are theoretically Red-grade. My old DuraAce barcons were quite nice as a 3x9, too, and priced right (they might be nice with Paul Thumbies). I'm so accustomed to double-tap on my road and 'cross bikes I get confused with multiple paddles.

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    I had to google double tap. Interesting. It will be interesting to see if that catches on.

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    Rule #2 The Double Tap

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    I run xx1 grip on my winter fat bike only.

    Bar mitts and gloves is a tight fit. A pain for thumb action and not accurate with triggers.

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    Thumbies and bar-cons. Light, durable, cheap- the one bike part I have that meets all three requirements.

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    Winter I think Grip shift, but for summer aggressive riding I get too many ghost shifts, so thumb shifers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stockli Boy View Post
    I like my SRAM double-tap flatbar shifters in 2x10 mode. Less expensive than trigger or grip, considering they are theoretically Red-grade. My old DuraAce barcons were quite nice as a 3x9, too, and priced right (they might be nice with Paul Thumbies). I'm so accustomed to double-tap on my road and 'cross bikes I get confused with multiple paddles.
    Very cool. I've have always wondered about how those would work. Surprises me that as well as the work for road, that SRAM doesn't make them more prominent for dirt uses.

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    XX GripShift. Worth the extra $ for the Gore RideOn cables. They're smoove.

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    Gripshift. I haven't used triggers since... well it seems like forever, but its only about 15 years or so.

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    Trigger or grip, what shifter do you prefer?

    I always feel like those that favor grip shift (for their own valid reasons) are the vocal minority in these threads, based on what I see people using on the trails.

    I prefer triggers, personally. I swapped out grip shift for triggers on my Mukluk and never looked back. I've used them with heavy gloves and glove/bar mitt combos with no problems whatsoever.

    Personal decision though, so if you don't have a strong preference, I agree with the poster that said try running what you have for awhile.

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    Thumbies, mainly because they can be switched to index, which is nice when things get gummed up and nasty.

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