Shimano XTR.

3 03 2015

Over the years, I have used a number of iterations of Shimano’s XTR groupset. It has always blown me away, not just functionally, but also in terms of durability. Recently, I had a brief shot of (davechopoptions) XTR 9000 drivechain. Set up 1×11, it feels smooth, with solid clicks and the ratio spread is wonderful. It will be interesting how the front chainring, with it’s unusual steel/hollow aluminium ring and squared-off tooth profile works in time, but knowing Shimano, it will be awesome. The cranks are *way* prettier in the flesh.

This is an interesting video of the changes made to the derailleur to allow it to track the increased radial range of the ‘Rhythm Step’ cassette (which is a work of art composed of one-of-a-kind carbon carriers and ti rings mixed with more usual steel and aluminium carriers).

Having tried this set up, I find it hard to invest in any more experiments in 1×10 set ups with increased range. We’ll see.




One response

3 03 2015

you need to get the sram xx1 cassette in your hands, another work of art and the performance is pretty special too.

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