- SHifters or mechs – which is most important to shifting quality?
Shifters are more important- the mech is, in essence, just a spring and some pivots. Shifters are where the speed and precision is (mostly- but not entirely).
However, you can get XT shifters and rear mech for £105 on Merlin (SLX is £75). Might make it easier to just get both?Posted 8 years agoguitarmanjonMember
Don't bother. Go singlespeed.
(Sorry, but if I didn't say it I'm sure someone else would!)
Seriously, I've always gone for a better mech when there was a choice such as yours (but that choice wasn't really based on any science or research). As kimbers said it takes more abuse so needs to be a bit more hardy. Alternatively, you could say that the mech is more likely to get broken so buy a cheaper one which won't make you weep when it has to be replaced.Posted 8 years agoMunqe-chickMember
SLX shadow with medium cage has a much stiffer spring than long cage XT shadow, whether thats the difference between the cage length or kit level I dont know but it might be a factor.
I got an XT shifter/rear mech box set last year for £90 from my LBS, with a free 25th anniversary of XT badge woohoo. Dunno if that was pre-price increases?Posted 8 years agoneilnevillMember
well in my experience shifters never ever go wrong or wear out so spend a bit more there and it serves you for years, but mechs have a limited life.
That said I've never noticed any differnce in shift 'quality' from a shifter but have only used deore and lx. Come to think of it, I don't think I've noticed any difference in shift quality from new mechs, but cheaper mechs seem to wear out far quicker for me.Posted 8 years ago
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