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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 1:52 am 
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Just wondering, I do love boutique stuff for my bikes, love it - whether brakes, hubs, cogs, whatever, but derailleurs now, I'm not familiar with any boutique Shimano compatible derailleurs - are there any?
Or even shifters, whether thumbies or otherwise - for 7 or 8 speed.

Or don't they exist?


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 6:49 am 
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Paul have made front and rear mechs, I'm not sure if they still do, or if they are any good.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 6:57 am 
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I ran Proshift f&r mechs for about 4-5 years in a 9spd set up.

Rebuildable mechs, very light. Last generation shifted well, even with road STi

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:52 am 
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this is my group proshift, I miss only the front mech, but I will find it

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 12:17 pm 
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Paul, Pro Shift, Joe's, Rhino. None of them shifted as well as Shimano, but of them all, Pro Shift sucked the least.


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 12:51 pm 
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FMJ wrote:
Paul, Pro Shift, Joe's, Rhino. None of them shifted as well as Shimano, but of them all, Pro Shift sucked the least.



Mmmm

So worth getting? or waste of time? for 7 speed?
Compared to Suntour?


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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 3:35 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:43 pm 
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another Boutique derailleur that works well is the White Industries LMDS

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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:09 pm 
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Check out disraeligears.co.uk for some interesting gear info and pics


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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 12:25 am 
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Thanks guys, and Disreali gears - spent ages reading, and enjoying! Thanks!
For my Dynatech MT4, I'm busy de-Shimanoizing it.
have Suntour XC Pro hubs with cassette, non Shimano cranks, and only Shimano are the (excellent) XT front/rear mechs and thumbies.
Was thinking of going with another brand - and after much consideration, me thinks suntour XC Pro thumbies and mechs - how do these compare to the XT M735 ?
It's just an idea, thing is I like the mech and thumbies so much and the mech/thumbies shift the chain so well on the 7 speed suntour cassette that it'd be folly changing anything - but it's refreshing to see something other than Shimano, hence my enquiries


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