- Are XT cranks worth the extra cost over SLX?
I always say if you can afford to buy the XT, buy it. You’ll buy SLX, which is also great but you’ll be going I should have brought the XT.
So do you reckon you could tell the difference if the cranks were wrapped in sticky tape so you couldn’t see the finish or the badges? I’m the ultimate hypocrite here as I have XTR, DA and Record equipped bikes (I have an Ultegra chainset on my winter hack which I bought for it when it was already a designated and abused winter hack – though it was better than half price in a sale).Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
It is odd that SLX stands up to wear better than other Shimanos isn’t it? I had a set of 9-speed SLX and watching the logos fall off my XTRs while the SLXs never showed a scratch was just weird.
The difference between the 2’s pretty trivial and quite a bit of the weight difference is in the chainrings anyway. Unless you’ve got a princess’s feet and can feel a pea through a dozen pedals, you’ll not know the difference between Deore and XTR while riding IMO.Posted 5 years agoaazladSubscriber
I can highly rate SLX. Had a set on one of my bikes for 2 years and they still look fresh due to limited superficial wear from shoe rub.
Merlin currently have a very good deal on the 10 speed triple which I am informed works nicely with a 9 speed setup. Mine should have arrived in the post today!Posted 5 years agoFOGSubscriber
I have deore on the HT and XT on the FS and I don’t think I could tell the difference in a blind testing! If I could see ’em the decal has worn off the deore but not the XT. The BB on the deore did wear out very quickly though and was replaced with a cheapXTR from Rose and has been no bother since [over a year]Posted 5 years ago
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