- To 10spd or not to
If going 10sp then I suggest 36/12 with a 34 tooth ring.
Gives all the gears you need except for really fast long road descents or stupidly steep climbs where its easier and faster to walk..
I run a SRAM X9 set up but the carbon X9 cage is crap, the cage around the bottom pulley wheel is susceptible to damage and then the chain constantly drops off the wheel.
I replaced with a full alloy X7 and its been perfect..Posted 6 years ago
I went 10speed at the start of the year. I had a few issues with my SRAM setup and ended up scrapping it and went 10speed with Shimano. I’ve found it fine, no real huge step forward. I’m not interested in 1×10 so I’m 22/36 with the 36t cassette on the back. The extra gear at the back is great for those little uphill challenges, especially given that my bike isn’t light. I’ve not noticed any significant increase in wear, chain snappage or anything else. I put a bit more info up on my site, including weights and stuff. Shimano XT 10 Speed ReviewPosted 6 years agosambobMember
No point in going 10 speed without having a 12-36 cassette IMO. Gives you the lowest on a 22 front ring, whilst keeping the 24 front. Also means you can run a single ring and still have a pretty low gear, 1:1 with a 36 front ring, which is the highest I’ve seen anyone run on anything other than a downhill or CX bike. Having said that i only have 12-34, but that’s because it came with the groupset.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
As far as I can tell, the only actual benefit of 10-speed is that they’ll allow us a proper 11-36 cassette with 10 cogs, and that’s been embargoed for 9-speed to get more people to “upgrade”.
The Shimano kit is a fair bit nicer than the equivalent 9-speed Shimano though, they took the opportunity to sneak in more SRAMness while nobody was looking.Posted 6 years ago
I’m running mine with a set of saint cranks that aren’t 10-speed specific. I think the SLX stuff looks great, I was planning buying all that but my bike shop kept giving me free upgrades to XT so that’s why I’ve got that.
I agree with the guys above, the 11-36 is one of the big 10-speed advantages. I’d go with that and a slightly bigger chainring. It can’t be much more weight and you have a bigger spread of gears.
If you’re getting the SRAM chain I’d recommend getting a different quicklink. The SRAM ones are v. tough to get on and off. Taking them off requires plyers. It’s not the best if you have to split the chain out on the trail.Posted 6 years agoesher shoreMember
not been at all impressed with 10 speed SRAM – the derailleurs are terrible in terms of durability and the chains seems quite poor too
this is after years of running 9 speed SRAM with no issues
I’d only recommend Shimano’s Dynasys for reliable 10 speed mountain biking 😉Posted 6 years agochiefPMember
Running XTR Rear Derailleur 10 Speed, XT 11-36 10 Speed rear with XTR 42/32/24 10 Speed front with the KMC 10 speed chain and not changing it as that nice road climb yesterday on 2.4 tires the 24 came in handy, never like walking its a sign of defeat rather keep the legs turning so i will keep that combination and just gives me more options should i need it rather than limit myself 😀Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for the replies guys.
With me currently running 36t up front and 32-11 on back and I haven’t came across a hill where I’ve thought I need more top end or bottom end, would prefer a better spread middle range to keep the correct cadence on varying ascents and descents.
I’m going shimano 10spd as I can get it cheaper.
@Doug, would you suggest buying a shimano chain, it’s just that I see people always say to buy SRAM chains.Posted 6 years ago
simon, I used both SRAM and Shimano chains. I couldn’t tell any difference. They seemed to change just as well as each other and neither of them was prone to breaking. The SRAM one comes with the quick link and the shimano with the joining pin, both work well and you can use the quick links with either the SRAM or Shimano chains if you want.
So, basically I’d go with the cheaper!Posted 6 years ago
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