Shimano Deore Rapidfire shifters review

The cheapest ‘proper’ Shimano MTB group

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £30.00 RRP
Shimano Deore Rapidifre shifters

Our review

A bit subtle for rougher situations and needs clean cables, but still good value
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Deore Rapidfire
Brand Shimano

2-Way Release Yes
Weight (g) 280
Shifter Type Shimano Rapidfire