Shimano ST-M091 RapidFire brake shift lever

Shimano ST-M091 RapidFire brake shift lever

Much can be said about these Shimano Deore XT RapidFire brake and shift levers. They are the precesors to the RapidFire plus shifters and where hot debate back in the day if they where such a better shifter than a thumbshifter.

Racers used these so MTB enthusiasts assumed they where good as most Shimano XT parts where, then some people claimed they where bad in that you could not shift as easily with these RapidFire shifters as with a good thumbshifters. And they where more heavy than thumbshifters, and more complex, and they did not have that important friction mode.

So what was good about them?

You could have a steady grip around the handlebars at all times even when shifting, not possible with thumbshifters (and that was about it I think).

Still this is a nice piece of MTB history. And that Deore XT logo on the shifters looks so cool under the handlebars.

Slightly worn, I let these go for 20 Euro, I think  I have the right rubber hose around somewhere here too.SOLD







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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Jun 9th, 2009, 11:02 pm by Retro mountain biker   

11 Responses

  1. Darren
    July 1st, 2009 | 5:33 am

    Do you still have the Shimano Deore XT Rapid Fire shifters for sale?

    I would very much like to purchase them.


  2. admin
    July 1st, 2009 | 9:14 am

    Yes they are still available 🙂

  3. dan
    July 8th, 2009 | 8:43 pm

    Hi, I am interested in these if, still available.

    Thanks, Dan

  4. John
    September 5th, 2009 | 3:46 pm

    Are these available for purchase, what is their condition and can you provide a quote w/ shipping to ZIP 22153.

  5. Vicky
    September 9th, 2009 | 9:56 pm

    Hi, I’m assuming these are gone. Can you tell me if this style of below-the-bar, thumb-only shifters were ever made separate from the brake lever?

    Many thanks!

    (Great site.)

  6. Retro mountain biker
    September 9th, 2009 | 10:11 pm

    No, they are not gone! 🙂

    Many have been interested but mostly guys from US, since shipping is a tad too expensive for sending these to US (they weight around 4-500 grams) so most have backed out of the deal.

  7. petit_pois
    March 28th, 2010 | 7:08 pm

    Have sold your set deore Shimano ST-M091 RapidFire ?
    I live In France and very interested for this set.

  8. Retro mountain biker
    March 28th, 2010 | 10:52 pm

    Yeah.. sold 🙂

    Shimano should enter these into production again by the demand these get on this blog.

  9. April 30th, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    are those deore xt are compatible with shimano v break ?!?!

  10. Retro mountain biker
    May 3rd, 2010 | 7:46 pm

    Nope, they are not.

  11. May 4th, 2010 | 1:13 am

    can i find someone to sold them ?!?!

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