so it looks like shimano is trying to co-opt the SRAM "machined" look for 2007 xtr and they're com up with the some of the ugliest designs i've seen on anything. ever.
i'll stick with the little S for shifty bits
(the alternate title for this entry was a simpsons reference, a play on comic book guy's worst episode ever line... ugliest components ever! would you have gotten that?)