R.I.P. XT thumbshifter

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  • Premier Icon Conespanner
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    I've got some Suntour XC pro's thumbies still going strong from a bike I bought 18 years ago. I would be equally p*ssed if they broke, outstanding piece of equipment.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    16 years since upgrading to 8 speed, I thought they would last forever

    I think in mtb years, 16 is forever.

    cyclistm
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    Can you get replacement mounts for xt thumbshifters?

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    I bought a pair about 2 months ago, plenty around if you look, no need up change to new fangled shifters yet!

    Premier Icon Hooter
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    Noticed something wrong with my shifters last night. Upon inspection, the left mount for my XT thumbshifters has cracked and twisted. Looks like it's going to snap soon, I've had a couple of heavy falls recently. These have been on my main ride for 16 years since upgrading to 8 speed, I thought they would last forever 🙁

    namastebuzz
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    The DX Thumbshifters were the same as the XTs IIRC but the mounting bracket was heavier – and therefore stronger – so you can replace with them too.

    Still some out there new – or were last time I looked.

    allthepies
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    Mine are still going, use them every workday on the commute hack.

    Waderider
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    Ha! I've got one set of Deore and two sets of XT thumbies. Because you never know!

    Keeping them though. Not rare, but precious. All hackers and retro builds need them 🙂

    cynic-al
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    DX ones were steel and bent sometimes.

    namastebuzz
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    DX ones were steel and bent sometimes.

    Exactly – you could bend 'em back again.

    THe XT mounts were alloy so you couldn't.

    If I'm remembering correctly?

    Premier Icon Hooter
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    Yep, DX ones were pressed steel, XT were forged alloy. I think I've got a DX pair somewhere in the spares bin, otherwise I guess I'll be haggling on retro-bike…

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