Hard Effort Shifting Compared to SLX
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Coming from well-loved SLX shifters that were paired to my old 2x10 drivetrain, I finally decided to join the 1x11 club. These shifters have a VERY positive end feel and take significantly more effort to shift than SLX. You can still upshift relatively easy and even grab two gears at a time, but the downshift feels slower, quite loud/clunky, and is only 1 gear at a time. I thought I got a dud pair at first, but other friends who have bought these agree they have a 'SRAM-like feel.' Not sure if this is a product of the crisp fast movement of the newer XT M8000 RD, but for a non-racer like myself this will unfortunately take some getting used to!
If you're accustomed to the low-effort smooth SLX shifters, I would stick with those and buy the I SPEC-II adapters to mount them under your new brake levers.