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