Shimano 8 Speed SL-M748 Mountain Bike Gear Shifters Review

8 speed is recommended for touring because the chain is wider and both the chain and cassette block should last longer. Which shifters are the best for running an 8 speed Shimano drivetrain? Here are the Shimano SL-M748 shifters.

Shimano sl-m748

Features

  • 8 speed
  • Rapidfire
  • SIS
  • Aluminium housing
  • Gear indicator
  • Adjustable tension

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Manuals

The Product

Solid, reliable Shimano. Equivalent of XT (7 prefix delimits XT).

Pros

  • Smooth shifting
  • Hard wearing
  • 8 speed requires less tuning as a larger cable movement equates to a gear shift.
  • Ergonomic, comfortable to use.

Cons

  • Achilles heel is the plastic gear indicator, but it is stick unlikely to get damaged and the shifters will still shift.
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