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Shimano XT SL-M8000 RapidFire Trigger Shifter

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Shifty.

Shimano shows that it's earned its reputation for generous trickle-down by taking a big chunk of technology from XTR and dropping it into the 11-speed XT drivetrain. Components like the XT SL-M8000 RapidFire Trigger Shifter goes nearly toe-to-toe with its older brother but with a more wallet-friendly price. Despite the turn towards economy, the M8000 Shifter still commands precise gear shifts that will deliver you smoothly through the most harrowing terrain.

Shimano designed the M8000 to shepherd the XT line into the modern age of 11-speed design. It's got a longer lever body to provide riders with more space to aim for when shifting and requires less force to engage the shifting mechanism. An anti-slip surface on the main lever improves dexterity while lessening the likelihood of slipped fingers when making crucial shifts on hot summer days. These features, combined with a new shift cable covered in a low-friction coating, lead to a claimed 20% reduction in force required for gear shifts, which translates to less hand fatigue and more hours out on the trail.

To make things even better, the M8000 features two-way release shifting permitting you to shift the upper lever with either your thumb or index finger depending on where your hands are on the bars. Multi-release functionality lets you shift through multiple gears with a single lever sweep to quickly adjust to drastic changes in trail grade, and the instant release design helps to ensure you get the gear you want as soon as you throw the lever.

Tech Specs

Material:
aluminum
Type:
trigger
Crankset Compatibility:
Shimano 11-speed
Compatible Components:
Shimano M8000 series
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Great Shifter!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think that the XT groupset is one of the best you can buy at this point. They are fairly light, very reliable, and will last forever. Not to mention, it's super affordable! Easy to install and also really easy to maintain. Might not be the ultra light race set up you want, but is just flat out reliable.

Great Balance

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great balance of price and performance. I love all the shimano XT stuff I have used. Almost a nice as XTR, but much more affordable. Obviously if you're going for the all-out build of a lifetime you have to send it and go XTR for that extra bling. XT though is light enough for just about anything, and lasts seemingly forever. While XTR is nice, but not necessary, I do think you get a lot of benefit shelling out for the XT instead of the lower end shimano stuff. A little more money up front, but less broken bits means more fun and less repair bills throughout the summer.

Top of the line

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have used this product for the past year and it's stood up to a couple crashes!!! Simple and easy to remove the gear display. Crisp and percise shifting. Really love the bigger textured thumb lever and textured trigger lever too.

Great Shimano Product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this to set up a 1 x 11 on my Surly Krampus and has worked better than the stock part that came with the bike. One thing I really like is that it is a lot harder to accidentally shift if you are reaching into a backpack while biking. Sometimes I would bump my shifter and it would change gears on my old set up but with the new one the triggers are more stiff.

A little stiffy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The XT group is the best value on the market. I found the lever throw to be a little stiff but the performance is great and never missed a shift.

Style and Quality (and performance)

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Without forking out a pretty penny for XTR, XT is a killer choice for a drivetrain. Smooth as butter and built tough.

Best 1x11 Performance and Value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't think you will find a better performing 11 speed shifter for the price. Still don't know why they include a gear indicator, at least it comes with an alternate cap so you can remove.

Avg. ride time: 2h 50m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

1x11

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This went on my SB6 I built up. It rounds out the XT group and does it's job with aplomb. Definitely recommended

1 x 11 Upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me start off by saying the functionality of this shift is superb. I just changed out my 1 x 10 42t to the 1 x 11 using the 46t cassette and it works great.

The only knock I have on it is the shifter indicator. In the past you could remove the indicator and it came with a cap to cover the opening. On this model Shimano does not include the cap with the shifter. I had to purchase one separately? I really don't care whether or not the indicator is there, but it "crowds" the room needed if you have a dropper post or fork lock out located on your bars.

Actual functionality of the shifter is awesome!

Unanswered Question

Does this shifter come with a mounting clamp? I have ispec b brakes amd trying to make sure it is compatible

Smooth!

    This will be my first time on Shimano Shifters, for a custom build on an SB6. Its the middle of winter so I haven't gotten to use them much at all but so far, it was a nice change from SRAM build on my old Bronson.

    Unanswered Question

    Does the shifter(s) come with a cover plate if you choose to remove the indicator window?

    Awesome upgrade

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I just updated my old SLX 3x10 to XT 1x11. XT parts rock. Easy setup and shifts very smoothly.

    It just works!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Chain,Shimano XT CS-M8000 Cassette, Shimano XT RD-M8000 Rear Derailleurr) to convert my baby (2016 Santa Cruz Heckler) to a 1 x 11. After a 100 miles the shifter still working great. I could not be happier; all done at a very reasonable price. My only regret is that i did not changed sooner to a 1 x11

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    Avg. ride time: 2h 53m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Does this shifter compatible with 105 rear derailleur?

    This is the best XT shifter yet.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is the best XT shifter yet. The shifter is made of great materials/construction, crisp, and effortless shifts. At the end of the day it does the job well, like shimano XT components typically do. If you have any questions on this product, I will be happy to help you out. I am usually in the office Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 11:30am-9:30pm you can request me on by phone (1.888.276.7130 ext. 4646) during those hours. You can also send me an email @ dmyers@backcountry.com at any time.

    Single Again

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Paired the new 11 speed shifter to complete my conversion from a two-by system to a one-by. Works perfectly out of the box and shifting modulation is much easier than the predecessor shifter I had been using.

    Not at all what I expected

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used Shimano XT shifters for over 20 years, and always loved them. But I can't say so about this set unfortunately. First of all, while putting this on handlebars I tightened the retainer bolt to where I felt it was secure, and SNAP -- broke the very thin retainer strap. Was so mad -- never happen to me before. Be really careful -- these things snap like twigs! 2 starts off for that. Fortunately I can weld, but took an hour to do so. To top that off -- shifting sucks -- it's just so clunky and uneven. SRAM, X-9, which is on my other bike, is silky-smooth -- not this thing. It takes A LOT of force to shift this up or down. Overall -- quite disappointed. If the strap didn't snap, I would surely return it and get my money back.