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 Post subject: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:14 pm 
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I'm sure I remember seeing a pic of these BITD.
Did they ever exist, or have I just made it up/dreamt it! ?


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:23 pm 
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I do not think so. You may have seen some XTs with XTR top caps or even some prototypes leading up to Rapid Fires but I'm pretty sure they were never commercially available.


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:39 pm 
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AFAIK they never existed in any form - Shimano had long set the course towards STI before the M900 gruppo. That said would love to be proved wrong and see some super secret prototypes!


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:44 pm 
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yeah I didn't think they ever made production.
..definitely recall the 'XTR' top cap and seem to remember them being very nicely finished in M900 'titanium'... :?


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:34 pm 
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I think one of the magazines mocked some up but I've never seen / heard of any otherwise.
I'd agree with John that Shimano wanted to push their rapidfire onto consumers.


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:47 pm 
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They never existed except in Photoshop.


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:01 pm 
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This looks like the start of a project for somebody with a machine shop :wink:

Brief- To design and construct a working prototype thumbie. XTR quality. The type of thing shimano would have come up with.


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:17 pm 
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XT is nice enough. they got them perfect imho


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:27 pm 
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a bit of googling has found this: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11051
- seems someone's actually seen a set, whatever the provenance might be!


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 Post subject: Re: XTR Thumbshifters ??
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:07 pm 
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the closest you will get to my knowledge is a Durace shifter mounted on a clamp, Pauls Etc.


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