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Avoiding trigger finger.

If you’re thinking of moving up to 11 speeds, the Shimano drivetrain gives you reliability and shifting prowess. Its XTR SL-M9000 Trigger Shifters perfectly complement the derailleurs for a fuss-proof shifting system. While the primary aesthetics of the XTR triggers remain largely unchanged from the last XTR model, the materials have changed a bit. The thumb shifter is now carbon fiber and the trigger is coated with a textured finish to increase grip. The internals received a bit more of a makeover. Using VIVID index, each shift is reduced in effort by nearly 20 percent, while at the same time the shift action itself feels more positive. Ball bearings are used as guides and polymer-coated ultra-low-friction cables have been added. So that you’re able to configure your shifting exactly the way you like it, the shifters are sold separately in either left or right hand versions. Please order one of each if you’d like a matching set.

  • Compatible with 2 or 3-chainring configurations
  • Sold in left and right versions, each sold separately.
  • For use with the Shimano XTR M9000 group

Tech Specs

[thumb lever] carbon fiber
Crankset Compatibility:
Shimano XTR M9000 two- or three-ring cranks
Compatible Components:
Shimano XTR M9000 drivetrain parts only
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 200 g
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

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Avg. ride time: 5m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Varied Reviews

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've heard a lot of different opinions on the XTR, from mushy feel to crisp and precise. I have absolutely loved my XTR drive train and jumped on the chance as soon as they went to 1 x 11 without the need for an aftermarket adjustment.

Great if you are careful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First ride out, I crossed up the bars, and went endo. No big deal, but the "carbon" leaver is very fragile and snapped right off. Stuff is great, but nor very robust. I was very surprised. I have never had this happen with my SRAM or even less expensive LX/XT stuff, and yep I have eaten dirt a decent bit with them. I think the weight and etc are great with XTR, but I think their durability is highly questionable.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Shimano again stepped up when making this shifter. Smooth and precise, light weight, and comfortable. The thumb lever is dimpled, which helps in lever feel/grip, and the trigger lever is ribbed, for extra grip as well. Weight is almost minimal, and the shifter looks great. The clamp band is more narrow than before, aiding in keeping the bars looking less cluttered, but has just the right amount of clamping power. I'm sold as always, and will continue with shimano's precision.

The best gets better.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The functionality and efficiency that is to be expected from Shimano components paired with a sleek, aesthetically pleasing finish make the XTR M9000 group a go-to component for your mountain machine. Whether you are racing XC or slaying single track, XTR flat out performs when you need it to.

So far so clunk

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

Spent the past weekend swapping out the 10 speed XTR/XT drive train for the 11 speed XTR/XT drive train. I replaced an XTR cassette and shifter with an XT cassette and XTR shifter, an XT derailluer with an XT derailluer and a Wipperman chain with XTR.

Rode last night on the usual Monday ride which involves 45 minutes of grunting up a steep road climb followed by some nice DH back down.

I shifted it a lot, just trying to get a feel for it. And to try and not bark. Here's what I found: I think the XTR 10sp shifter is nicer, it has a better feel to me and it's more ergonomic. . 11sp feels plastic. I also can't get the shifter adjusted to fit my fingers. It seems like Shimano has moved away from the thumb/trigger finger shifter to more of a thumb/thumb action, like SRAM. Once I adjusted the shifter so it was more vertical, it felt better. Not great, just better. If I'm running my hand out on the end of the bar I can hook my brake lever perfectly for one finger braking but have to really contort my writs to use the trigger finger to shift. Thumb is okay. Might try running the shifter inboard of the brake lever and see how that goes. Down shifting one gear feels okay, the effort to down shift the second gear requires more force.

It shifter crisply, no misshifts. There was a bit of a plastic feel, like it needs to wear in. I tried my friends shifter that has more miles on it and it still had that feel though.

Thought it was loud. I found the 11-40 cassette worked a little better than the previous 11-36 cassette, but in all honesty it's a steep uphill climb, so it's going to suck or it's going to suck.

Better again!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

XTR has been the best, for a long time, and got better! 11 speeds, 1x11 is the way to be, and no better set up than the trust worthy XTR. I won't ride anything else

Avg. ride time: 3h 48m per week
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Awesome shifter! ...but delicate :(

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite shifter to date and I can't imagine smoother shifting.

I came from a 1x10 with a OneUp Components 42 cog and the shifting in the middle gears wasn't great. It worked, but it wasn't crisp. When the Shimano XT 1x11 group came out, I jumped on it and bought this shifter because the XT one has the ugly meter on it. This XTR shifter works perfectly with the XT components.

Shifting became a dream, but after using it for one month, I crashed and the thumb lever completely broke off. These things happen, but what's unfortunate is that Shimano doesn't sell replacement parts for this shifter, so if you break a part, you pretty much have to buy the shifter all over again...which is what I did. For that, I give it 4 stars.

Is this shifter I-spec?

Your thumb will thank you

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

When Shimano first entered the fray with an 11 speed component group, XTR was there to lead the charge. I wasn't the first to rush out to get mine, but I was very pleased when I did. The XTR aesthetics are second to none, and the clean lines matched up with my carbon bars perfectly. This model has a super slim design and clamp and nests underneath the brake lever. It is important to note that this shifter doesn't have the I-Spec II compatible bolt to attach directly to the brake lever.

After a solid day of climbing and descending, my thumbs felt less fatigued and the precision indexing made sure it was a perfect shift everytime. Even when paired with the lesser XT M8000 rear derailleur. Coming from an SLX shifter, my mind was blown with just how smooth shifting could be.

I am a true believer now and am glad to have joined in on the 11 speed party.

Your thumb will thank you
Avg. ride time: 1h 1m per week
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Crisp shifting!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The entire M9000 group is amazing and the shifter is no exception. it is super crisp and comes with the Gucci polymer coated cable for endless smooth shifts. the double down shift is really nice for cresting those steep rollers too.

Unanswered Question

Per my response to the already asked question...How do you make the front shifter 2X when there isnt a selector switch? Even the shimano tec docs say to use the selector...The one I just received doesnt have one? This is the link to Shimanos tech docs...

Avg. ride time: 3h 48m per week
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I'd also like tho know if this shifter is compatible with the XT 11 speed products.

Best Answer

yes they are.

Unanswered Question

If I order the Right hand is it the 11 speed? The description is not clear on this. and could I use this for a 1/11 setup.

Solid Shimano Performance

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new XTR shifter offers the same solid Shimano performance in a sleek new design. The clamp is quite low profile and the levers allow for good grip while shifting.

In the past, when you pulled or pushed the front trigger to shift, you could pull light to drop one gear or pull harder and drop two gears (multi release). This function is now only available if you push the front lever forward. I hope they return this function while pulling the front trigger.

Solid Shimano Performance

Could I run this shifter with Shimano Ultegra 6800 rear Rear Derailleur and Shimano Ultegra 6800 cassette for flatbar road bike?

Shimano mountain and road shifters/derailleurs are not interchangeable. you would have to run an XT or XTR derailleur with the cassette and this shifter to work correctly on the flatbar road bike.