Grip shift vs rapid fire

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grip shift or rapid fire

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  1. jggraham

    jggraham New Member

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    My grip shift has fallen apart off my iron horse g-out. Sholud i replace it with new gripshift or rapid fire?

    I have tried my friends rapid fire and it felt a lot better than gripshift and my gripshift used to change gears sometimes, are all grip shift like that or did i get a crap one?
     
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  2. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk New Member

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    is there an echo in here?
     
  3. jggraham

    jggraham New Member

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    Well.......Um........thanks for posting...
     
  4. jggraham

    jggraham New Member

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    Woo hoo. its going off in here!
     
  5. Loki

    Loki New Member

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    You appeared to answer your own question there.

    Like rapid fire better? Go with rapid fire. Want something different? Go with rapid fire. I use it.
     
  6. jggraham

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    thanks for the advice but i have heard from a few mates that grip shift is really good so i am still a little undescided
     
  7. MtnBikerChk

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  8. Bob s.

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    I have the earlier versions of shimano decore XT rapid fire, and it kills my thumb when shifting a lot. My thumb gets so painful that I reach over and shift with my left hand frequently. I haven't heard of others with this problem though, so it might just be me.
    --Bob
     
  9. rudeboymcc

    rudeboymcc New Member

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    can anyone describe which one is rapid fire?

    i know what the grip shift ones are and i know of two more types, but don't know what they're called.

    i have the older type were it's just a lever on either side of the bars (on top), the one on the left is 1-3 (on mine) and the one on the right is 1-7. and you just select the numebr.

    the other ones i'm aware of is the one where there are two levers. one of them gets the gears up and the other drops them. so to get from gear 1 to seven you have to press it seven times.

    please help me!
     
  10. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk New Member

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  11. jggraham

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    Sorry bout posting twice i thought that my other one dissapeared
     
  12. MGSuarez

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    there is a reason they call it Grip$hit!! One more vote for rapid fire! Really, it is just preferance.
     
  13. gregg

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    Shimano has it locked up!
    SRAM, oh ya, they make that ****ty fork line- Rockshot

    One has a company with 4 enginers to every 1 employee...

    Oh what to do?

    Shimano-
     
  14. paradox

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    I`d say rapid fire. Tried both. Fits me. :)
     
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  17. Ginzu

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    If you like Gripshift go with it or switch to Shimano. The higher end gripshift seeems to be reliable although does not shift as quickly as the Shimano rapidfire. Although Gripshift you can ratchet from high to low or vice versa in one fell swoop- this is not really good for the drivetrain or good technique, but it can be done. I personally use Shimano XT shifters and have not owned Gripshift shifters in 8 years. But I've serviced many of the newer Gripshift equiped bikes and performance seems good enough unless your racing. Again the higher end Gripshift is better. Also depending on the Gripshift you have switching to Shimano may be costly. If your current Gripshift is shimano compatible then you won't need a different rear deraileur, if not you'll need a Shimano rear deraileur-get at least Deore. Also this might be a good time to get a new 8 or 9 speed cassette and chain if you upgrade to an 8 or 9 speed shifter.
     
  18. jebi

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    Go with rapid fire!!! i am riding with it also (Shimano XTR)!!!
     
  19. Martystan

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    jggraham: This is funny thread and makes for an amusing read in the best possible taste of course. I would imagine it's personal choice: my racing buddy uses SRAM gripshift which he swears by, I use XTR reverse rapidos which I swear by. The quality is an important factor. Although the guy with the thumbs may have a medical problem:) See to it mate.

    Just go with quality shifters which 'feel' best for you and enjoy.
     
  20. hohobike

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    Rapid Fire is much better. I have used both.
     
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