10 speed – worth the upgrade?
I went to 10 speed a few months ago, like you my cassette and chain were on their last legs, went from a full XT setup to XT with an XTR shifter. It might be shiny new kit syndrome, but the shift precision and speed is vastly improved. I’m running 1×10 and the 36 out back lets me get away with a 34t front chainring and full chain device, and still be able to get up most hills and have a reasonable top speed.Posted 6 years agochakapingSubscriber
Tried it last year on one bike but in the end sold the groupset and went back to 9sp so I didn’t need to carry two lots of spares.
I liked it, especially the ability to ride up more in the middle ring, but it wasn’t a big enough improvement to justify upgrading all my bikes so I have stocked up on 9sp mechs and cassettes instead.Posted 6 years agoPawsy_BearSubscriber
My 9 speed works fine but having used 10 speed on road bike I am wondering if I should up grade. Seems to be a lot more useful gears now? However I want to ride trails up as fast as down – will 10 speed still give me that? I have the legs for it and wouldnt for example need granny in trail centre and a better range in high would be more useful. Im at the point where my 9 speed may need a complete change. Do i jump to 2 x 10? I cant see the point of swapping to 3 x 10 from 3 x 9?Posted 6 years agobm0p700fMember
While 10 speed setups give a better range of ratio e.t.c, chains are more expensive and so are the cogs.
If you live in a really hilly area then you there is probably an advantage. If you you in the flatlands then the benefits are less noticeable. I only ride SS MTB though so my opinions are biased.Posted 6 years agojamesoSubscriber
I agree with sam_underhill, I thought XT dynasis 3×10 was really slick feeling, a lovely shift action at the lever and I felt the chainset ratios were better, less adjustment needed at the rear when front shifting so the result was I used the range I had more willingly. A sucker for the hype, or the idea behind it works? I’d say it works. BUT I hardly ride it anymore, I smashed the RD off last summer and it sees a lot less use than my SS, so I can’t comment on durability. I’d guess it’d all wear well as you may use more gears, ie spread the wear across rings and cassette a bit more? I’d spend the extra on good shifters and use a cheaper RD.Posted 6 years agomunrobikerMember
Yes. The shifting is slicker, you can shift better under power, the shifting stays sweeter for longer on Shimano (though strangely the opposite is true for Sram) and the extra spread of gears for 1×10 is useful, if you run 3×10 the tighter ratios make life easier.
Also, contrary to what those above say, there’s tests (and my personal experience) to show that chains and cassettes last noticeably longer.Posted 6 years ago
The topic ‘10 speed – worth the upgrade?’ is closed to new replies.