Shimano Saint Rapidfire shifters review£44.99

Tough but pricey 'hardcore' shifers

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This shifter unit from Shimano’s heavy duty Saint set boasts some unique features.

For a start, it’s designed to work outboard of brake levers (as well as inboard) so you can put your brakes exactly where you want. Stumpy triggers stop them getting knocked and shifting accidentally. Their stumpiness also means less damage to your kneecaps in a crash, and that they are less likely to get smashed themselves.

The flipside is that they’re that bit more awkward to find when you do want to shift, and the shorter levers need more pressure to shift, which is exacerbated if the cables are filthy. 

At £45 for one shifter they’re expensive too, but worth thinking about if you’re a regular wrecker.

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)
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