Shimano Alivio RapidFire Shifter Review

3.50 out of 5
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March 2, 2015
Model/Year: 2011

Pros: Price

Cons: Travel

Recommendation: Have been working well for me, front side requires a good amount of travel to get it to shift.

November 9, 2013
Pros: Cheep, 8 speed, smooth shifting

Cons: cheep feel, need adjustment frequently,

Recommendation: Have these stock on my 12 Wahoo and as a replacement for the tourney on my wife's 820. They work better the the tourney junk but nothing special.

December 16, 2012
Model/Year: 2009

Pros: -Cheap
-Work well until the cable stretches

Cons: -Require cable tension adjustments more quickly than higher end shifters
-Very cheap look and feel

Recommendation: Not a big fan of these shifters but I'm still using them so they're not such a nuisance that they require to be replaced.

December 14, 2012
Model/Year: 8 speed

Pros: Price, gear display

Cons: Wore out quickly, not too precise

Recommendation: Use them and replace them with nicer shifters. Don't try to shift under load either. Not bad because they are so cheap, but they do the job for light riding. Just don't expect too much.

December 12, 2012
Pros: - they shift well
- they are inexpensive

Cons: - entry level rapid fire shifters

Recommendation: These came stock on Trek I aquired. They seem to work well but do not trigger in both directions. I prefer to use my thumb for shifting.

December 12, 2012
Model/Year: 2006

Pros: Great entry level rapid fire shifting
Smooth action on the levers
Can take a beating and keep working fine

Recommendation: If you are looking to move into the rapid fire shifting scene, the Alivio setup is the way to go. You can easily bang down through the gears and with the push of a thumb, work your way back up to the taller gears when the hills arrive. Very smooth and with preventative maintenance, will last a LONG time.

December 10, 2010
Pros: Entry level shifters so price is good.

Cons: Can feel a little wooly

Recommendation: A reasonable entry level shifter. Better off going to LX from Jenson and benefitting from 2-way shift at same price.

December 1, 2010
Pros: Smooth. Comfort. Quickness.

Cons: None

Recommendation: Switches as smooth as can be. Never even the slightest problem.

November 30, 2010
Pros: Very affordable

Cons: none

Recommendation: These shifters provide great quality shifting, if you like the rapid fire design. Even if you don't like the rapidfire at first, I can almost guarantee you'll be used to it after a couple of rides.

July 18, 2008
Pros: Easy shifting and great ergonomics gor people with big hands. Real compact to.

Cons: None

Recommendation: These shifters are good all around and are good for just about any type of MTB riding.

Shimano Alivio RapidFire 3.50 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.