Shimano XTR SL-M980 Shifter

DESCRIPTION

If you love the thought of running a single ring up front with XTR 10-speed in back, then this XTR Rapidfire Plus Rear Shift Lever SL-M980 is all you'll need. And if lightness and simplicity is what you seek, you won't be disappointed with the new XTR 980 design. It doesn't have an optical gear...

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 23, 2015]
kflehr
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Shifts are quick, love that I can do 2 shifts in one stroke on the downshifts. To me, it performs just a little better than the SRAM shifters(my only experience is with demo bikes), but they both work really well.

Weakness:

I guess it could use more bling as the other reviewers stated, but that may mean additional cost with no increase in performance. For me, saying XTR and performing very well is bling enough. Removing the grips to remove the shifter is a little annoying, but that would mean some clamp that would weigh more and possibly cost more, and frankly I rarely take these things off very often, so not an issue for me.

Always had good luck with Shimano shifters in the last 20 years that I have used them. Never had one fail on me. One thing I have noticed with the newer clutch rear derailleurs is the shifting effort has increased especially as you go into the bigger rings on the cassette. If I turn the clutch off, it is easier to shift. Supposedly this is effort is reduced on the 11sp system, but I haven't tried it yet. I would definitely recommend this shifter.

Similar Products Used:

XTR & XT 9sp shifters, both excellent no issues, XTR and XT 8sp shifters, again never any issues, Deore XT index shifter above the bar

[Apr 09, 2011]
minamiyuki rena
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

lighter than previous version sl-m970, can be used for 20 or 30 speed combination which not available in previous version.

Weakness:

where's anodized lever engraving 'xtr' !? even lighter than previous one this 2011 version lack of finished, all new xtr groupset component such brake and crank are more cool except the shifter.

MORE FEATURES but less finishing because removal of anodized lever to reduce weight. Cockpit doesnt look cool with this shifter...

Similar Products Used:

2010 xtr

[Feb 20, 2011]
INTENSEcretAgent
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Simple and true XTR design.

Weakness:

Old clamp system requires grips to still be removed. I-Spec mounting that combines with brake levers is stated by Shimano as not coming to the US!?

Shimanos goofy marketing zaps the bennefits of their design again. There are probably better options for 2011 than Shimano.

Similar Products Used:

All previous XTR.

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