Shimano XT SL-M780 Shifters $119.95
These Shimano XT Rapidfire Plus Shifters SL-M780 are XTR-esque in their appearance and, honestly, their function. They're configured to work in conjunction with Dyna-Sys rear derailleurs and 10-speed cassette. They're sleeker and lighter than the prior version of XT shifters. A majority of this improvement is that they do away with the gear indicator of old, so you won't have to reach for the Dremel or a hacksaw to make space on the bars for a suspension lockout remote lever.
XT RapidFire Plus Shifters have that great Shimano 2-Way Release (Push/Pull option) for the small trigger. You can operate them with either your pointer finger or your thumb, depending on your personal preferences and maybe whether or not you're sitting or standing when you make the shift. No matter your style, the instant release allows cable to move as soon as you affect the shift with a push of the trigger, and you have the option of making a shift across multiple cogs with one throw of the lever -- up or down. The XT shifters are very close in feel and appearance to XTR, though not quite as light or jewel-like. The clamp assembly features a slotted mount for the shifter pod to accommodate perfect ergonomic positioning for your hands.
The Shimano XT Rapidfire Plus Shifters SL-M780 work with three chainrings up front and ten cogs in back. And perhaps the best part about Shimano triggers -- shift cables can be easily replaced without disassembling the shifter unit.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This shifter is nice because you can do multiple shifts down the cassette as well as shift with just your thumb or use your pointer finger. They are very durable as are all Shimano products. They made a really great product here!
great alternative to xtr
there are a number of nice touches. mode converter for 2/3 ring setup, removable gear indicator, crisp indexing and 2 way release.
Quick and Precise
Shifts quickly and precise when paired with the FD-M781, and RD-M780 derailleurs. It's not a requirement, but it?s a good idea to have the complete XT groupset (add the FC-780 crankset and M771 cassette).
XT shifters are all I've felt were necessary on any of my rides. These are no different. That being said, these dont come with a replacement cover when you remove the hokey gear display/indicator. I think that's lame. The previous shifters would provide the replacement cover on the underside of the gear display when you unscrewed it. Not only did it look much better, it saved about 20 grams too.
Now it seems Shimano wants you to buy the chunky looking replacement cover, instead of just sending it with the shifters. PITA really. Specially after dropping about $1600 and waiting a week, and then having to order this stupid part too. So far haven't even found any...