Shimano Vs. Sram

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Shimano Vs. Sram

Postby Charleswv » Fri May 08, 2009 8:33 am

What are the major difference between Shimano and Sram? My new Fisher runs mostly Sram. I'm wondering, what do you guys run, why do you like it, why don't you like the other guy's stuff? And I'd like more info than "I run Sram cuz Shimano sucks!" Real reasons here folks!
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Postby Cole82 » Fri May 08, 2009 9:29 am

Plain and simple sram just works better period. No questions asked. That said it does have a sertain feel that some do not like.

watch this video and you will understand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZQf1bduGYs
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Postby KSnyder » Fri May 08, 2009 11:00 am

SRAM seems to be less prone to coming out of adjustment due to cable stretch largely due to the 1:1 ratio that they use compared to the 2:1 of a Shimano system. I have both twist and rapidfire SRAM shifters and prefer both over anything that I have ridden from Shimano. I also like a positive gear engagements and quicker shifting between gears, and from my experience this is better on SRAM systems.

to answer your question.
I run SRAM on everything that I build up. If I had to buy a complete I would lean towards bikes with SRAM components, but I wouldn't not buy a bike because of it......(I would just buy it and change them out later).
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Postby Charleswv » Mon May 11, 2009 3:25 pm

Thanks guys! No Shimano folks willing to give their side?

What's 1:1 ratio for shifters actually mean?
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Postby KSnyder » Mon May 11, 2009 9:15 pm

It refers to the amount of cable that is released for each gear shift.

This might explain it a little better than I can:
SRAM 1:1 Explained
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Postby Farmboy » Mon May 11, 2009 10:42 pm

Normally, I run neither, but I will say this. I have no issues with either. I've ran exclusively shimano guts on the geared bikes I've owned. I have an XTR rear on one bike and an XT on another. If I were buying another shimano rear, I'd buy an XT based on price and performance. If I were buying a SRAM, I'd probably buy the X9 for the same reason.

If I were building a geared bike right now, I'd probably go with SRAM based on the 1:1 ratio and the rapid fire shifter availability, and it's a Chicago company.

Any derailleur will come out of adjustment sooner or later and both will snap off just as easyily under the right conditions. Just a matter of when.
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Postby dfleck » Tue May 12, 2009 11:43 am

I recall this being covered before.
It was just in a different index area. (The Lounge) :wink:

Maybe I spend too much time there. :P
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Postby XcreatonX » Tue May 12, 2009 1:34 pm

i run shimano on my road bike and i like it alot. also use my flight deck.
i have had problems with my shimano on my dirt jumper.
never ran sram stuff but ive heard good things about it. along with campi but that stuff is more road bikes.
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Postby MinigunSniper » Wed May 13, 2009 2:32 am

I looked into this when I was building up my Karate Monkey, and I think it's a matter of personal preference. I got a SRAM X7 setup, but obviously others are happy with the Shimano XT and XTR. Both companies make quality stuff. One advantage to Shimano is that if you like to fish, you can make sure your bike's drivetrain is fully compatible with your spincasting setup. :)
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