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    Shimano does not want my money! (another I Spec-B rant)

    I would love to upgrade to 2X11. I have M615 I Spec-B brakes that work just fine. Better than the new 8000's some say. Why oh why does Shimano not make a compatible XT 2x11- I Spec-B shifter set available?

    I am hardly the first to run up against this. If they had simply made that small change I would be buying cassettes and chains and all kinds of fun stuff. But now I have to wonder if it's worth the trouble.

    It's like they don't want my money.
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    Just bar mount your shifters and be happy.

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    I just went through this, decided to bar mount and not ever have to deal with the ever changing standards this industry is plagued with. But really, what is it now 3 I spec options in how many years? Its absolutely ridiculous.

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    They make M8000 shifters in i spec B, but dont make them available in the US for some reason it seems. Can find them here in australia and in europe.

    SL-M8000-B-I

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    Not sure why people like having their shifter/brake positioning dictated by the manufacturer, don't get it. I run Shimano exclusively and everything is bar mount so I can swap and switch without hassle. I do have an XTR i-spec shifter a guy broke the paddle on, gave me and said I could have it if I wanted, so I managed to re-fashion a new paddle and it works fine, but the position for me is not ideal, too far under the bar if I have my brake lever set how I like it (brakes are more important, they get priority) and so it resides on my HT/2nd bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Not sure why people like having their shifter/brake positioning dictated by the manufacturer, don't get it. I run Shimano exclusively and everything is bar mount so I can swap and switch without hassle. I do have an XTR i-spec shifter a guy broke the paddle on, gave me and said I could have it if I wanted, so I managed to re-fashion a new paddle and it works fine, but the position for me is not ideal, too far under the bar if I have my brake lever set how I like it (brakes are more important, they get priority) and so it resides on my HT/2nd bike.
    Yeah...this. i'm running XTR shifters (2x) and 785's. BFD that I have 2 clamps on each side. And what is it...something like over $40 to convert. Lameness.

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