Rapid rise

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Stanley Whyment, 24 May 2008.

  1. Stanley Whyment

    Stanley Whyment New Member

    Do SHIMANO Rapid Rise shifters only relate to the rear derailleur and not the front? In other words the shifter that operates the front derailleur is just a standard one.
  2. Amanda P

    Amanda P Veteran


    On the rear derailleur, it's a spring in the mech that pulls the chain up the cassette onto the larger sprockets (as opposed to normal derailleurs, where the spring pulls it down the cassette to the smaller ones).

    Front is normal.
  3. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Shifters are the same. its only the rear that is rapid rise.

    Possibly the most daft design decision shimano ever made, and one they have subsequently backtracked on.
  4. goosander

    goosander Senior Member

    I tried a bike with rapid rise gearing and quite liked it, its just that its awkward swapping between bikes with different systems.

    I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that rapid rise used to be the norm but at some point in the dim & distant past, Campagnolo decided to swap round and everyone else followed.
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