Shimano XT Rapidfire shifters review£55.00

XT gives a much improved performance over LX without costing much more

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XT gives a much improved performance over LX without costing much more. Combining the two-way release mechanism with faster reacting internals and a metal push lever running on ball bearings, the shift is crisper and quicker.

The featherlight feel isn’t as positive as SRAM so may not suit everyone, but the multiple shifts and adjustable sliding mount increase appeal. 

It meshes really well with every brake we tried, and the gear indicator window is removable if you feel patronised or need to drop a few grams. It still needs clean cables to stop that mushy feeling, and it’s not quite as crisp as XTR, but at £55 it’s unmatched.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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