I’ll take late 90s xtr over anything today , my thumb shifters are hobo as fuck... no indexing, they flop around. i have permabruises from them on my legsMy Prophet has old school XTR derailleur (the grey one) XT cassette and shifter set up 2x9. Best shifting setup of all my bikes. Crisp, precise, and durable. Plenty of range 12-34 cassette. That old school shit works the best. My new 12 speed XTgroup wishes it felt that good.