Are clutch rear mechs any good?
Looking at getting a new chain and rear mech and was thinking of a clutch mech but don’t really know much about them.
Are they any good compared to a normal mech and are they worth the extra money?
Where is best to get either an slx or xt mech and chain cheap?
StevePosted 4 years ago
I think the resistance thing more or less depends on what you like. It’s fairly noticable on my mate’s xtrs but then, they are horribly resistance-less normally. On my Saint shifter and my X9s it doesn’t feel that different, presumably because they already have a decent amount of resistance and clunk.
So if you like that “oh no the cable’s snapped” disgusting vague Shimano feel, it might be a downside. If you like a shifter that you can actually tell something’s happened, less of a thing.
(opinion-presented-as-fact warning!)Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
I’ve got a zee mech teamed up with a raceface narrow/wide (32 tooth). Dropped chain once in three months (yesterday grrr). I’ve increased the clutch tension a tad, so hoping will be alright.
Basically they are excellent. Chain retention is superb. Chain slap non existent. It’s great reaching small pedally bits on descents and just knowing the chain will still be on.
It’s only been three months, but so far it has been brilliant. The shifter is ace as well, much more ‘gunshot’ than my old slx shifters.
I am going to stick the granny ring back on for big days as my legs aren’t up to the 1×10 thing on longer and hillier rides. I reckon I can cope with the shame of manually changing the front ring to have the ‘get out of jail’ of a granny ring when fatigue or cramp set in.
Shorter cage = less chance of twotting it on rocks as well. A good thing given that the initial change was semi enforced by a mech going into my rear wheel and bending my (integral to the frame) mech hanger!Posted 4 years agoagentdagnamitMember
I’ve had 2, they both broke. They also make shifting slightly harder. Good while they were working though. Got the first replaced under warranty, dont think I’ll bother with another.
At least when they break they still function as a normal mech. No noticeable jumping issues either way.Posted 4 years agoperthmtbMember
Like agentdagnamit, mine broke, after 530kms. And it’s not that uncommon an experience apparently – see this MTBR thread.
Should add that CRC were brilliant about it, and I had a brand new one within days – no questions asked!
When they work they’re great, but the failure rate is not up to Shimano’s usual high standards…Posted 4 years ago
PeterStarkiss – Member
Having just had an X9 mech damaged I’m keen to try this, could you explain where the spacer is required ?
No bother, there’s some info on it here:
You can use anything- I machined a wee block for convenience and neatness but I tested the idea with a wee stack of washers, that worked fine too. Works brilliantly- like OEM. To the extent that one time I was explaining to someone how it worked, then realised halfway through that I was on my one bike that uses legit 1×10 instead of modded 9.5-speed!Posted 4 years agoduirMember
Been running the SLX clutch one medium cage for quite a while now. Absolutely no issues and makes a vast improvememnt on noise/chain slap but I have not experienced dropped chains since the 90’s so can’t comment on that. Seems like the best value for money and is proving very durable.
Not really sure what people mean about the vague, horrible Shimano feeling, my XT shifters with SLX mech have a nice firm click so you know you have changed gear.
The only real complaint is the usual Shimano complaint, why on earth do they use those philip head bolts for limiter screws? I just exchange them for allen heads to solve the issue.Posted 4 years agoscunnyMember
NW will be the NorthWind set up I guess
I loled. NW stands for ‘Narrow Wide”, as in: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Race-Face-Narrow-Wide-Chainring-Tested-2013.htmlPosted 4 years ago
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