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    Does anyone use dual control shifting?

    I have an older set of Shimano LX dual control shifters\levers and wondering how they would be on the trail. Wondering if anyone her uses them.

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    I had, on a Maverick ML7, the XT versions of the dual control setup. At the time, I didn't know any better and rode just fine with them. They were a little odd, but I think for somebody that isn't trying to ride super aggressively and send it all the time they would still be just fine. I believe most of the issues/complaints with them, like accidentally shifting while braking, were probably accurate; but that being said if you plan ahead, or just ride casually, I bet they would be perfectly happy knocking off some nice singletrack miles in the forest.
    I no longer have that bike, or the parts, but I do have a Fisher Sugar 292 in the shed with the same LX dual control setup. I was thinking about moving those parts over to a Yuba Mundo cargo frame I'm working on rehabbing. I think a cargo bike (because I have one sitting here) would be a very good application for them, plus they are just quirky enough and thats why I like them.
    Silly bike things happening.

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    Yeah. Def not recommended, though they are OK for casual use. They can (will) cause issues/crashes negotiating technical terrain. It was an idea that, unlike road brifters, didn't work out in practice.
    What, me worry?

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    I'm still using them for commuter duty and like them for the use, but would not use them again for fat biking or anything remotely technical. I would rather use an old school friction thumb shifter for bumpy stuff than use the mtb brifter.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I used them for a few years on a hardtail. They worked fine. I got the LX versions and brake calipers for ridiculously cheap. The shifting precision wasn't great, you'd have to over-shift sometimes to get it into the gear you wanted, maybe due to a weak spring somewhere in the system (all LX). It was different, but not horrible. Intended to work with rapid-rise (backwards) derailleurs. It was an example of shimano miscalculating. Most of the system was well designed, but that doesn't mean it'll be a winner. I'd run it on a bike depending on the circumstances, but most likely for more casual use. Definitely not for a racing bike.
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    I use them for commuting and love them....I have an extra pair so I was thinking about using them instead of the Sram Rocket twist style. I like those too but I dislike the length of brake lever I have left afterwards. I don't race on the trails and I do not go too aggressive....I think I might try it!

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