- Rapid Rise rear mechs, does anyone use them
Yes, always prefer releasing the gear tension on the sudden up hills for the bigger rings, RR is much smoother for that. The argument against is you should be prepared, but it’s often not the case, most people don’t think ahead or you get caught unawares. On standard mechs changing to bigger rings on a steep uphill it’s just crunchtastic.Posted 6 years ago
In a previous thread, one of the regular girls posted a good argument against (munk-chic? sp?), but I don’t recall what it was. Anyway, I’m RR on all my bikes, but I think Shimano don’t do them anymore (not sure tho), so at some point in the future I think we’re all going to have to revert to standard.andylMember
I bought one by accident the other week. Just sold it on as it is for a bike I am building for someone else but as we all ride each others bikes it will get confusing! I can see why people love it as it does make more sense and I have always wondered why you use your right thumb to shift down but your left thumb shifts up.
Kind of wish I had kept it to put on my 29er now.
I think one reason that conventional makes sense is with shifters that can do multiple shifts on the thumb lever. If you suddenly find yourself needing to jump lots of gears up you can normally just change the front ring nicely without any load. But if you need to switch to a much easier gear and are under load then it is much easier to do a single big multi-click up a couple of cogs on the cassette with your thumb
I do fully get the attraction though. Shame the multiple click lever design won’t work in the release tension mode as it only really works on a tightening action.Posted 6 years agocookeaaSubscriber
One of my mates bought a rapid rise XT a while back because it was heavily discounted and he needed a mech for his XC bike, He loves it, but does find the brain adjustment when swapping between his MTB and his commuter takes a good ten minute, he’s the strongest climber of the lot of us but we’ve made him sit at the back before because the accidental wrong shift and stall on a steep trail really can bollocks things for everyone, He’s fine after ten minutes though…Posted 6 years agoScotlandTheScaredSubscriber
I have used rapid rise since they came out (1998?). I find it very intuitive. I cannot stand the idea of going back to ‘normal’ but since shimano dont make them in their current range of mechs it looks like I will eventually have to go back. Not happy about that.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for the replies folks. I’ve managed to pick up an LX RR mech so looking forward to getting on the RR wagon, sounds like the benefits I imagined were right. Although I’m not looking to the first climb with it on 🙂
Sounds like I may have to stock up on mechs if it works for me though.Posted 6 years agoClobberSubscriber
I do fully get the attraction though. Shame the multiple click lever design won’t work in the release tension mode as it only really works on a tightening action
That’s rubbish, mine works multiple clicks both ways.
But best of all, I find them much much easier/faster to set-upPosted 6 years agoxcstuMember
YES totally brilliant…. its the right way…
Climbing with tension on the chain you release the cable rather than pulling when shifting… just makes for a more precision smooth change…. then when going downhill can change a least 3 gears in 1 shift (triggers that is)
worried they will not carry on with it because think they are ACE 🙂Posted 6 years agoshotsawayMember
I recently went back to normal after using RR for about 7 years. My old bike had a 9 speed RR and then I bought a new bike with 10 speed. Whenever I swapped bikes I was forever shifting in the wrong direction and in the end I had to replace the RR, so that both bikes shifted in the same direction.
FWIW – RR just seems the logical way to change gear.Posted 6 years ago
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