- 10 Speed – who has it? What do you think?
Did he put the chain on the right way – they’re directional now…
Can’t say I’ve had any issues and I kinda like it. Reckon wear rate won’t be any worse because I think the chain is under less stress with smoother front shifting to closer ratios.
Wouldn’t have rushed out and bought it but I was given a set, it works, there are benefits to the riding experience but they’re not ground breaking.Posted 7 years agoshortcutSubscriber
Went riding on Tuesday night, one of the guys had recently fitted 10 speed SLX.
He broke his chain twice and binned the ride.
Who else has it? What is the failure rate? Is it worth the effort?
For what it is worth I reckon you end up with 9 sprockets too many on the back and 2 surplus chainrings. But that may just be me!Posted 7 years agoross980Member
I remember the old days when my fully rigid Trek had 3×7 STX-RC, those gears never ever went wrong (nor did the rest of the bike) despite some pretty serious abuse. Makes me wonder if less is sometimes more…
Sorry, totally off topic <puts rose tinted glasses back on and goes back to nostalgic daydreaming>Posted 7 years agonjee20Subscriber
It’s saved about 1lb in weight which I consider to be not insignificant,
Not changing to an identical 10 speed groupset you didn’t, so that’s not really fair.
I’ve had XX for a year now, nothing’s broken, the big ring’s worn out, the jockeys wore out and I’ve not changed the chain, so that and the cassette are now shagged! It’s alright, nothing special, shifts very well, but so did the 9 speed stuff. The wider range cassette making a single/double more practical is a big bonus though IMO, and the main reason it’s worthwhile.Posted 7 years ago
What is it that wears quicker? I can’t see any reason for the chain wearing quicker. So is it the thinner cogs of the cassette that were?
Chain and cassette cogs are thinner so arguably will wear quicker. But because the front chainset ratios are closer I reckon it will wear quite well due to less harsh/clumsy front shifting.Posted 7 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
3 x 10 SLX here as well. Saved some weight over the mix and match of components that were on there before. It’s never missed a shift, it’s as precise as older XTR, very smooth and the bonus of the new chainring sizes is that you spend far more time in the middle ring as the ratios are better. Means less front shifting and it’s designed to give the best pedalling response on full sus bikes (most of which are have the pivot point positioned to be optimum when the chain is on the middle ring).
Directional chain is a bit more faffy, it’s more of a pain that the 10sp road chains aren’t compatible and I *wish* they still did Dual Control shifters. Even now I still occasionally try shifting by flicking the brake lever before remembering that it’s RapidFire+. 👿Posted 7 years agodreednyaSubscriber
Running SRAM XX shifter, cranks and front mech with X0 10 speed rear mech and XT cassette. Awesome, seems to make total sense for both AM riding and enduro riding. Shifting is as crisp as anything and gear ratios seem to compliment my style of riding :). Only miss the 44 big ring on long fireroad and road descents – need to crank faster!
Definitely upgrading my hard tail to it when the 9-speed X9 wears out. I have had to change the chain after 6 months, but that was pretty heavy riding (3-5 rides a week 15 – 64 miles per ride), but as SRAM 10 speed chains utilise the powerlock links I can’t swap over chains easily without splitting the chain each time.Posted 7 years agoMing the MercilessSubscriber
Running XT 3×10, so far its done two horrendous Big Dog laps in horrific conditions and 2 D2D laps in what can only be described as Somme like conditions; both times it was very well behaved, sure the shifting slowed a little once the derailleur turned into a muddy metallic lump but other than that its been fine.
The cogs are very thin though so durability maybe an issue but so far so good.Posted 7 years agosupertackyMember
Watching this thread with interest as I’m considering chnaging from 2×9 to 1×10 in teh near future on my trail bike.
The only advantage I can see at the moment seems to be teh ability to drop front mech and run single riung up front.
I would be running a chain device to which would negate loss of fornt mech.
Suppose the bars may look a bit less cluttered.Posted 7 years agopeathMember
’tis me that shortcut mentioned… The 10 speed Shimano chain was directional, and fitted correctly (at least before the first snap, second time round it was hurriedly slapped on in the dark!) – as mentioned above writing on the outside.
Had done about 100 miles before it snapped…
I fitted a SRAM 10spd chain this weekend, with a few extra power links purchased at the same time… Just in case! Let’s see what happens in the dark on Tuesday!!
Heres hoping it was a bit of bad luck…Posted 7 years agopeathMember
Just a quick update… SRAM 10spd chain on 10spd SLX still holding up after quite a few miles now… I guess it was either a dodgy Shimano chain or user error. Anyhooo everything seems to be running smoothly and I’ll be sticking to SRAM chains – shifts well and hasn’t caused any issues…Posted 7 years agoMisterTSubscriber
fwiw – I don’t use 10spd offroad – but run 2 road bikes with 10spd, and found that the chain stretches much quicker than 9spd. I now have to replace 10spd chains ~every 6 to 9 months on road bikes where I used to get ~2 years for the same useage (SRAM Red and Force).
so don’t think 10spd MTBing is for me, as my 9spd MTB chains only get 4 months use before they are >.75 stretched (gritstone grinding paste round here)Posted 7 years ago
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