- 2×10 – XT or X9?
I bought the SLX groupset from Actionsports.de for under £200 – postage only a fiver, and the Euro is plummeting!! I also got a 2×10 x0 crank from CRC for £200, and sold the SLX one for £80. So that’s £320 for a super reliable SLX system with blingy X0 carbon cranks – luvvly jubbly!!!Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
I had real problems with SRAM x9 10-speed. The mech’s just didn’t seem very strong. I’ve talked with other people who had similar issues. It might be just bad luck, they might have changed it now, it might have happened with XT too etc etc etc but I changed to XT and haven’t had a problem since.
I’ve just changed my other bike over to full xt 10 speed, it’s 3×10 so same, same but different. I’m about to put 10-speed SLX onto some of my hire bikes and plan to upgrade them all in the future.Posted 5 years ago
I don’t know if these help or not:
SRAM X9 10-Speed Review
Shimano XT 10-Speed Review
Right, I’m going to treat myself to a new drivetrain for my new frame and I’ve decided that I’m going to go 2×10.
XT groupset from Bike-discount.de is 390euro. so about £390 by the time I add shipping.
I can put together a X9 (with X7 shifters) set from Evans for £410.
So, money wise, not a lot in it.
I quite fancy the SRAM because, frankly, I think it looks nicer. However, I’m open to the wisdom of the forum…Posted 5 years ago
Very positive shifting with definite clunk – if you lie that kind of thing.
I do, that’s why I like my current SRAM (Rocket) shifters. That’s good to hear.
Unless you have already tried 170mm cranks and not got on with them, I wouldn’t automatically discount them
Yeah, I had some on an old road bike, I could definitely tell the difference (probably because of my gangly legs). Shame, ‘cos there are some bargains.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
‘Tis frustrating though. It’s entirely irrational, but the SRAM stuff makes me go ‘ooooh’ but the Shimano stuff makes me go ‘meh…’.
I just like SRAM shifters, if they had the same cable pull I’d be running rapid rise shimano mechs, but they don’t make RR 10 speed, and there seems to be debate as to whether SRAM shifter will work with shimano mechs.Posted 5 years agobrassneckSubscriber
But the SRAM kit is made out of fairy wings. If it was beefed it up a bit it could just about be classed as “fragile”.
Weird, the 9 speed stuff seems like it’s made out of left over Robocop parts. Been on X0 twistys and X9 mech for a year or two now, I like a lot. A real shame if the 10 speed stuff is a bit fragile.Posted 5 years agogeetee1972Member
Si my experience of both is that they are all much of a muchness as well but the clutch mechanism on shimano is a big improvement and would add a lot to a 2×10 set up. You’d likely not need any kind of lower chain device with the clutch but obviously you’d have to wait for it to be released on the XT group. If you went shimano now though you could always add the clutch mech later.
The other key difference is that shimano does multiple down shifts whereas sram needs multiple clicks for the same result. Neither is better really it’s just personal preference. The SRAM way means youre less likely to over shift the shimano say is quicker if you want more than one shift.Posted 5 years agoneninjaMember
The XT will be cheaper than that at Bike Discount – shipping is only about 6 Euros so they’ll be about £335 once you allow for the current exchange rate.
I bought XT 2×10 a couple of months ago and it’s been superb – 38/26 with 11-36 cassette. With the larger cassette it means I very rarely need to use the 26 front ring.
The 38/26 wasn’t available as a group from any of the German suppliers then. Merlin were the source of most of it with their extra 10% off offer.
Shimano appears to be more robust. I’ve never had any XT/SLX/XTR items fail. Sram X9 rear mechs seem fragile and another mate has had 2 rear shifters pack up (both warrantied).Posted 5 years agocontinuityMember
Shame about the 10speed x9 – I’ve been after some for a while as they use bearings in the mech pully and in the shifter; I assumed that meant they’d thought out this gen and done it well.
Bike discount is still not cheap for individuals. An XT rear mech is 59 euros, or 48 pounds. Add 6 postage and I may as well shop at CRC.Posted 5 years ago
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