SLX vs XT shifters?
Generally speaking SLX and XT are pretty much the same, but XT shifters are LOADS better than SLX ones. Definitely worth paying extra. XTR are better still.
Edit: Definintely avoid Deore – nowhere near the same league as XTs. People who say otherwise are just deluding themselves. Seriously.Posted 6 years agojamesMember
SLX come with removable shifter windows and blanking plates
I believe the difference (I’ve ‘stood-tested’ both, though at different times) is that XT (2008-2011 9spd) changes slightly quicker
On the release lever (ie going to lesser-toothed-sprockets/harder gears on ‘normal’ release mechs (not rapid rise), I think XT is supposed to release as soon as you push the lever, whereas SLX won’t release until you start to let go of the lever? In reality so long as you don’t have some sort of habit where you hold onto the release lever for too long, its going to be a very small difference
I could of course be wrong in thinking all of this ..
“Unless you want 2 way release”Posted 6 years ago
Which Deore 9speed has these days (at least from around mid-2008), though I imagine non-2-way release deore shifters will be hanging around somewhere online and probably came supplied on a few bikes in the meantime?mrmoMember
XT are nicer than SLX, the feel, the materials, all just nicer to use. obviously if you then go and reuse some trashed old cables, and never clean anything you may never notice the difference.
my bike currently has one slx shifter and an one older XT shifter, only a matter of months, despite being older it is nicer to use.Posted 6 years agomidlifecrashesSubscribercouldashouldawouldaMember
I’ve got slx, xt and xtr and prefer the more expensive ones. I guess you just adapt tho!
I dont know if this is directly related – but got a new bike last month with slx 10 speed shifters and mech and didnt like them at all (felt plasticy / loose for some reason so took all the 10 speed stuff off the back and put the old xtr 9sp shifter / slx mech mish mash back on.
I guess you get used to everything – and whether its better spending extra on a shifter or putting the saving towards a weekend away (or whatever) is up to you!Posted 6 years ago
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