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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 8:14 am 
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I have always run 7 and 8speed on my bikes which I suppose is a bit retro these days.I am building up my new bike and want some 8speed shifter/brake xtr combo units.I have been looking on evilbay and the choice is between m950 and m951 .Can anyone tell me the difference between the two , years of manufacture ,preferences, etc .I will be running these with xtr m900 front and rear mechs .Any info much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:59 am 
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Can't tell you about 951/950 but know loads about ratios. M900 will run with practically anything. It'll go with 8 and with 7 speed spacings. Also, the short mech will run up to 32 teeth ( but will grumble a little in first under pressure ). The old M900 run LX ten tooth M556 jockeys on 7 speed with no problem. The front mechs will go with any chainset.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:45 am 
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Wasn't 951 designed for use with the remote barend shifter, so has holes in the shifter levers for cables to run through? thought that was about it


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 7:02 am 
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Thanks Pete,That is what I needed to know .Since I will not be using remote bar end shifters either model will be suitable for my requirements.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:03 pm 
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Here's the kit to upgrade the 950 to 951 if you ever want to become a flat back xc jeyboy:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Shimano-XTR-M951-Rapidfire-Remote-Shifter-Kit_W0QQitemZ7246501769QQcategoryZ42330QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Never really understood bar end shifting, almost as scary as using those Dr Dew bar end braking things, not a good idea!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:13 pm 
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I've seen them set up on bikes. The shifting is heavy and slow at the remote :?


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