Shimano XT Rapidfire shifters review

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

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £55.00 RRP | USD $54.99
Shimano XT Rapidfire

Our review

Needs clean cables but otherwise light, fast, multi-option shifting at a great price
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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.

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

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XT Rapidfire
Brand Shimano

2-Way Release Yes
Weight (g) 255