SLX vs XTR cranksets
Upgrading my cranks and bottom bracket (currently have Truvativ Stylo Team thats pretty mashed).Posted 9 years ago
Are the XTR really worth the extra cash over SLX (weight not really an issue), never had XTR cranks so just after opinions… oh and should I be thinking about 3rd party BB or are the Shimano ok?NobbySubscriber
I’ve been running SLX on my latest bike mainly because I ran out of cash on the build. I have to say, whilst they’re not as light or ‘bling’ as XTR the shifting has been faultless & they’re stiffer than my old XT’s. BB seems to be holding up too despite a wet & muddy winter.Posted 9 years agoseth-enslow666Member
Try getting some old stock XT ones. I think there great and hve never had any trouble with them. I got my last set for smarties compared to XTR prices. I would go for an SLX though, MY mate had XTR and I really dont see anything special apart from a bit of weight and bling. The XTR cranks have always seemed to look well worn after a few months.Posted 9 years agoGuillianoMember
I’d go for SLX unless you have money to burn. For a £300 difference you get chainrings that probably last 20% less time, are cheaper to replace, shifting performance equal to XT and as Shimano themselves say…. they are 100% stiffer and stronger than XT for very little weight penalty. Probably the best value chainset on the market with really good BB bearings (second only to Hope in durability).Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
they are 100% stiffer and stronger than XT for very little weight penalty
quote from dirt not so long ago, “remember if its 28.7% stronger/stiffer/lighter/more powerfull its also 28.7% less likely to be verifiabe in any accuate and meaningfull scientific test “
And where’s this 100% stiffer figure come from, I’ll be honest and say the only place i’ve ever seen it is STW, not wanting to cast aspersions on other peoples knowlage but dont you think shimano would
A) shout about this as selling pointPosted 9 years ago
B) use whatever alchemy makes them stiffer on XT and XTR?njee20Subscriber
Yes my XTR rings always lasted well, my middle and big did 2 years, before I changed to something else and I didn’t have the granny fitted. Us racers spend more time on the big ring, wears the rings out less 🙂
I’d struggle to justify XTR at current prices, why not XT though, as suggested?
New XTR in 2011 by my reckoning, 4 year intervals, 1999, 2003, 2007…Posted 9 years ago
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