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ShimanoXTR SL-M9000 Trigger Shifters
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Keeping you in control.

All of the refinements and new tech that Shimano crammed into the amazing new 9000-series XTR drivetrain is nothing without being able to accurately control it, and for that, you'll want the Shimano SL-M9000 XTR Trigger Shifters.

As with most of the other new parts, there is a great deal of aesthetic similarity between M9000 and the previous-generation XTR parts, but it's (mostly) down within that the improvements are found. The shifters operate on an improved VIVID index mechanism, reducing shifting effort by 20% while also providing more pronounced tactile index when shifting. In other words, easier and more pronounced shifting is the result. The thumb lever is now made of carbon fiber, while the trigger, or "release" lever, is now covered with a dual-textured coating for better finger traction. Ball-bearings guide the shifters as they pull new polymer-coated ultra-low-friction cables, and the levers' ergonomic improvements make the shifter more comfortable than it already was.

The Shimano SL-M9000 Trigger Shifters come in one color only and are available in Left- or Right-hand units. The left shifter can be configured to work with either two or three front chainrings. They are designed exclusively for use with Shimano's new XTR M9000 11-speed mechanical groupset and associated parts. They are sold separately so 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 SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
[thumb lever] carbon fiber
Crankset Compatibility
Shimano XTR M9000 two- or three-ring cranks
Compatible Components
Shimano XTR M9000 drivetrain parts only
Recommended Use
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Actual Weight

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[pair] 200 g

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The brains of the operation!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The shifter is like the brains of the operation when it comes the drivetrain system. The cables and housing that's the nervous system. The chain and cassette is like your knee and hip that's going to wear out and you'll just have to have replaced anyway if you keep carrying on like this! The derailleur is like your foot that you're just going to break off if you keep hucking your bike to flat and keep riding so gosh darn loose!
I'm all for spending a little extra coin to have a little more going on upstairs when it comes to candle power in the shifting duty department. The precision of shifts and the feel of your thumb on the ol' shifter paddle relative to Shimano's other shifter options is tangible! Try saying that 3x fast!
With all of the aforementioned in mind, I have this shifter paired with an RD-M8000 XT rear derailleur and other 11 speed drivetrain giblets and am very pleased with the overall shifting performance.

Worth the upgrade from XT

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Running an XT drivetrain, and wasn't happy with how stiff the XT shifter felt. I upgrade to the XTR and problem solved.

AMAZING performance - Worth paying extra

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Decided to spend a few extra $ on the XTR shifter to pair with my M8000 rear derailleur and cassette. Boy am I happy I did. this was the best performing 11spd shift combination I've ever ridden. The XO1 11sp is not even close to as good, and I've own both now for at least a season.

1 thing to note - The XTR gear is always weight conscious. Thus, you'll have to make sure you are careful with it. I bumped a tree (not hard) and snapped the shift lever right off. Turns out the lever is carbon fiber and not replaceable. Had to purchase a new shifter. Was a little dissapointed, but once I got the new one, I completely forgot about paying the price again... It's simply that good...

Can you run this 1x with a M8000 Derailleur and Cassette?

Yes, of course. For Shimano gear, you'll simply need to ensure that your gear count for your shifter matches your derailleur. I used this shifter with the M8000 derailleur and cassette. AMAZING performance. I absolutely love the extra money spend on the XTR shifter.

Smooth as silk

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upgraded the SLX on my new bike to XTR shifter and R/D. Incredible difference. Totally worth it, esp at sale price. Light action shifting at its finest.

great shifting, better version

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

This new version has a better click sound so you know it has gone into the gear you want. The shifting is smooth and about as good as it gets unless you make the jump to electronic, but the price for electronic isn't worth the price when the quality on this shifting is fantastic.

Worth it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Crisp, light, reliable. Allows you to downshift (bigger cog) 3 at a time and upshift (smaller cog) 2 at a time.

On the pricey side at full price but seems to always be on sale. An improvement over XT and light years ahead of SLX.


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

Customer service is always fantastic. Competitive cyclist pretty much over nighted this to me and it was free shipping. The shifter it's self is really nice and we'll built. It came with new housing, a special coated wire and plenty of housing tips. Once you've installed it and properly tuned the gears the shifts are almost instant. I do really like the ability to throw 2 gears at a time on the down shift. I'm happy so far and will see how it holds up.

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.

Does this come with cable and housing? Or do I buy that separately?

Yes, it comes with cable and housing.

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

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

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.