Mountain Bike Shifters

Mountain Bike Shifters

If you ride a mountain bike, then you have probably at one point or another wondered which shifter setup you prefer. Grip shifters and twist shifters are the two most common shifter setups. While they both use the same (or at least similar) gear patterns, the differences between them are quite noticeable. Whether you choose a Shimano shifter system or SRAM twist shifter set. Be sure to choose whichever offers a more comfortable ride.

Grip Shifters

Grip shifters are sometimes known as trigger shifters. They rely on a slight squeezing of a lever or push of a button. Moving your chain from one gear to another. Grip shifters are available for both the front and rear derailleurs. They are typically used by riders who ride any type of terrain. Taking advantage of the large range of gears offered by their mountain bike.

Twist Shifters

Twist shifters rely on using a thumb or finger to move a lever to the next gear. Achieved either by twisting or turning a knob. The twist shifter has two main advantages. First, there is no need to take your hands off the handlebar and the indicator lever to change gears. Second, gear selection can be achieved without interrupting the natural movement of the hand. This is particularly useful when riding downhill or in high crosswinds.

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