Shimano Deore Rapidfire shifters£30.00

The cheapest ‘proper’ Shimano MTB group

BikeRadar score4/5

The cheapest ‘proper’ Shimano MTB group, Deore comes in revised Rapidfire or old-style bulky Dual Control. The Rapidfire pods have the new two-way release front trigger, so you needn’t relearn habits if you’re used to SRAM.

Initial action is slightly snappier than before. It’s still not that obvious when you’re rattling on rough ground, so you may need to check you’ve changed through leg speed/pedal pressure. There’s a relatively long throw before each shift, and this soon feels mushy and strained as cables get crappy. They last well mechanically, though, and performance is indistinguishable from LX, despite being £10 cheaper. The pre-greased SP41 cables are the same as you get with XTR, which boosts value.

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
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • 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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