Shimano Deore LX Rapidfire shifters£40.00

Questionable value for money compared to Deore

BikeRadar score3.5/5

These shifters offer two-way Rapidfire or old-style in-line Dual Control options, but both are overshadowed by higher and lower rated groups.

The LX units use the same either-way release lever and shifting architecture of XT. Plastic triggers give a softer feel, with a longer throw before the mechanism engages and a slower release. It’s not so bad when new but it can make individual shifts hard to detect in rough situations. Any stickiness or roughness in the cables dramatically increases shifting effort and sponginess, too.

Angular design looks a bit prettier but it’s hard to tell much difference between these and the tenner-cheaper Deore.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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