SLX cranks – a bit of a revolution ??

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  • ozzybmx
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    Guys it seenms SLX cranks are a popular item lately …. shimano did them on the back of LX , but stated they were 100% stronger than XT , yet 40% cheaper . They are 100% better looking than XT too and come in the double action … which most of us want anyhow.

    Has shimano shot themself in the ass…. and will they probably rise the price on these awesome cranks ?

    Bloody good deal, super strong and change the bashie for a lighter one and they are basically the same weight as XT if you are a weenie .

    Im thinking they are the bollox for us between XC and Downhill …. AM/Freeride super cranks ?

    retro83
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    Yeah, they look pretty good! Do they have the steel pedal insert these days?

    ozzybmx
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    yep , steel pedal inserts confirmed , DEFINATELY .

    richc
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    on the doubles they do, on the triples they don’t

    ozzybmx
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    Yeah mate , im talking doubles , i cant see any point on getting the triple unless you are doing a bit of road riding. the double on big ring (2) and back 9 is the same as the triple on big 3 and back 7… hardly worth the hassle unless you are a die hard XC rider.

    Premier Icon Del
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    i cant see any point on getting the triple unless you are doing a bit of road riding. the double on big ring (2) and back 9 is the same as the triple on big 3 and back 7… hardly worth the hassle unless you are a die hard XC rider.

    oh, no, look! worms! everywhere 🙂

    ozzybmx
    Member

    worms … where ?

    james
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    LX HTII 44-32-22T = 936g
    Hone HTII 44-32-22T = more, (inc. steel pedal threads/HT axle)
    Hone HTII bash-32-22T = more (inc. steel pedal threads/HT axle)

    SLX 44-32-22T = 889g, (inc. steel/composite middle ring)
    SLX bash-36-22T =~ 1000g (inc. steel pedal threads/HT axle)

    Even pre-‘credit-crunch’ prices for the double SLX were the same as the Hone double crank

    I don’t really see any revolution tbh?
    The steel/composite ring on the SLX triple is a good idea though

    james
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    “the double on big ring (2) and back 9 is the same as the triple on big 3 and back 7”

    Thats assuming you are using a 32T middle ring and an 11-34T casette (where no. 7 is a 15T) Though close, the 44-15T is actually a higher (harder/faster) combination than 32-11T
    A lot of people won’t/don’t use an 11-34T casette either because the 34T is rarely needed. A 32T is often more usful and gives a more even spread of gears
    On a 11-32T casette no. 7 is a 14T and is obvuiosly higher/harder/faster gear combination again

    ozzybmx
    Member

    whats the hone weight ?

    owenfackrell
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    james – Member
    LX HTII 44-32-22T = 936g
    Hone HTII 44-32-22T = more, (inc. steel pedal threads/HT axle)

    Nope the Hone triple doesn’t have steel pedal threads and is almost the same as LX other than colour the weight is the same.

    ozzybmx
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    guys , the big thing is the fact people used to buy XT because it was way mor replacable than XTR , now SLX is cheaper BUT stronger. and i comes already graced with a double . im not arguing the fact of the ratios , im only specifying it as nearly the same gear as having a triple.

    Premier Icon johnikgriff
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    I’ve just built my new bike up with XTR cranks. A couple of the guys I ride with have SLX and my comment would be this.

    SLX rock. I got my XTR at pre increase prices (220 over 430) but even at the lower price the SLX look a bargain and at the new price… At a quick glance you wouldn’t spot the difference. I’ve had a go of theirs and okay the XTR is better (and lighter) but for how often I change the front chainring is it really worth it? Does look cool on top of the car mind 😉

    Very impressed with them. Don’t get me wrong I love the XTR, but for value for money against performance, SLX are very good indeed.

    Premier Icon stilltortoise
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    The SLX rear mech looks great too, and at £27.50 from Merlin (a few weeks ago!) they are a steal

    ozzybmx
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    I’ve just built my new bike up with XTR cranks. A couple of the guys I ride with have SLX and my comment would be this.

    SLX rock. I got my XTR at pre increase prices (220 over 430) but even at the lower price the SLX look a bargain and at the new price… At a quick glance you wouldn’t spot the difference. I’ve had a go of theirs and okay the XTR is better (and lighter) but for how often I change the front chainring is it really worth it? Does look cool on top of the car mind

    Very impressed with them. Don’t get me wrong I love the XTR, but for value for money against performance, SLX are very good indeed.

    Thats what im saying mate , they are WAY stiffer than XTR , but nowhere near as light . I trash cranks dead easy and there is no way im spending $600 on a set of cranks to cry over . XT are sensational but i have a set of 8 month old that you wouldnt give me $10 for , the big ring is basically a bashie . The SLX are going to be a massive hit in the coming months/year , im just thinking when will shimano or the LBS’s pump the prices accordingly.

    ozzybmx
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    😆 looks 😆 XTR always gets the looks …. and will do until something knocks it off the perch … and SRAM has still not put an alu crank forward to even bother it on the top .

    It will be there for a long time …. BUT in these days of many applications , we have waited for a crank to bridge the gap between DH/FR stiffness and XC weight , the SLX has done that ….. just buy a gamut bashie and its the weight of a XT triple.

    Mister P
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    According to the tech info an SLX chainset with 2 rings and bash is 976g and without the bash is 923g. XT is 853g with 3 rings on.

    rs
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    I pulled my Hone cranks apart to clean them when i swapped frames, also weighed them.

    Hone Bottom Bracket, 96g
    Hone Non-Drive Side Crank Arm, 228g
    Hone Drive Side Crank Arm, 395g
    Hone Middle Ring, 43g
    Straitline Alloy Bash Guard, 123g
    4 Crank Bolts, 12g
    Total Weight for single chainring setup, 897g

    The granny and extra 4 crank bolts would add about 50 to 60grams i think.

    ozzybmx
    Member

    i can absolutely assure you the bashie weighs 149g alone !!!!!

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    A lot of people won’t/don’t use an 11-34T casette either because the 34T is rarely needed.

    Cough. Cough.!

    I use it. But then again I’m just old. Could I get a 36t on there…
    [ponders]

    My god, this is the most boring thread ever!

    Mister P
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    A Saint bash weighs 79g so an SLX one is twice as heavy? Or are you including bolts with this?

    craig1975
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    I still think the XT cranks look better

    Premier Icon njee20
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    SLX is good, and excellent value, but a revelation? Not really!

    Premier Icon cp
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    hmm, alot a bit over excited over a pair of cranks???!!

    knott4me
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    i have the d&b slx & its exellent .

    they are proving popular as they are exellent value & they are in a little catagory of there own they are certainly not budget performers but are a budget price plus slx is new so everyone wants it.

    james
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    “LX HTII 44-32-22T = 936g
    Hone HTII 44-32-22T = more, (inc. steel pedal threads/HT axle)

    Nope the Hone triple doesn’t have steel pedal threads and is almost the same as LX other than colour the weight is the same. “

    Fair enough, I thought they did as a mate bought hone triples over LXs to gain the steel bits

    “According to the tech info an SLX chainset with 2 rings and bash is 976g and without the bash is 923g. XT is 853g with 3 rings on. “

    They used to be displayed as 889 and 1000g was from somewhere else as it wasn’t on the shimano site for ages

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