If it wasn't Shimano it was probably not replaceable and you chose between 3 models which varied in weight and aesthetics.
Now we have 2 and 1 x 12 ratios, electronic, wireless shifters and disc brakes. Campag and Sram have stoked a component progression war and we the consumer now have excellent choices to suit a variety of tastes & budgets. Mix up models and your choices are endless.
We want to hear what worked and didn't for you so we can select parts that make our rides consistently smooth and reliable.