XT SL-M8000 I-Spec II Trigger Shifter
Borrowing much of its technology from crème de la crème XTR shifters, the Shimano XT SL-M8000 I-Spec II Trigger Shifter offers the razor-sharp shifts and ergonomic feel of its racier brother, but at an affordable price that only sacrifices a few grams. Despite being friendly on your wallet, the M8000 Shifter commands precise gear shifts with the astounding durability known to Shimano's XT M8000 group. This particular version benefits from its I-Spec II integrated mounting system, which cleans up your cockpit with the use of newer XT and XTR brake levers. This clean mounting system also saves a couple of grams while increasing the range of angular adjustability to your particular liking.
Shimano designed the M8000 to command control over the wide range of gears found on their newest 11-speed drivetrains. It's revamped with a longer lever body for easier shifting with less force required to initiate the shifting mechanism. The anti-slip surface on the main lever improves tactile feel while lessening the likelihood of slipping out when critical shifts are needed in demanding terrain. These features, combined with a new shift cable covered in a low-friction coating, create a 20-percent reduction in force required for gear shifts. Ultimately, this translates to less fatigue of your fingers while you're riding for hours on the trail.
For even better shifting, the M8000 features two-way release that permits you to shift the upper lever with either your thumb or index finger, depending on where your hands are situated on the bars. Multi-release functionality provides the ability to shift through multiple gears with the single sweep of a lever while the instant release design ensures the proper gear is selected the instant you throw the lever.
- Precise gear shifts for Shimano 11-speed drivetrains
- I-Spec II for clean mounting with new XT and XTR brakes
- 20% easier shifts with longer lever and low-friction cable
- Anti-slip surface reduces likelihood of finger slipping
- 2-way release for upper lever shifts with thumb or index finger
- Multi-release function for shifting through multiple gears
- Instant release design ensures instantaneous gear selection
- Item #SHI00AO
- trigger shifter
- Crankset Compatibility
- Shimano 11-speed
- Compatible Components
- Shimano M8000 series, I-Spec II
- Recommended Use
- mountain bike
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
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September 28, 2023
Still My Favorite 11-speed Shifter
- I've put it through the wringer
If you're faced with a choice between the SLX or XT 11-speed shifters, pick up the XT and thank me later. Why? Improved multi-release functionality over the SLX, which lets you grab one gear at a time or drop up to three at once. By comparison, the XT will permit a two-gear upshift or a four-gear downshift. I'm not a fan of how Shimano restricts features in order to tier its groupsets, but it's part of the game and, in this case, it's worth it.
Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com
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