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Old 06-02-03, 12:52 PM   #1
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xt derailleur with a deore drivetrain

Are these two compatible. I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be. I'm planning on buying the derailleur online so i can't refer to a salesperson.
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Old 06-02-03, 01:08 PM   #2
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yes they are compatible
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Old 06-02-03, 01:10 PM   #3
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You didn't mention which derailleur (front or rear?) and you also didn't mention what kind of gearing you're running. If it's a rear derailleur, make sure to get the proper cage length for your gearing. In general, one should be able to mix and match category of components from one part of Shimano's MTB line to another but sometimes you need the right specific subversion of those components.
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Shouldn't be a problem. If you're buying a rear derailleur, make sure you are getting the right cage length for the span of the cassette you have. If you are buying a front derailleur, make sure you buy the derailleur with the correct clamp size for the frame. You'll also want to check that you get the right type of front derailleur (top swing, bottom/top pull, etc. ). A derailleur will make a difference in shifting performance to a degree, but a new set of shifters made a huge difference for me. I picked up a a set of XT shifters and a rollamajig - HUGE difference in shifting.

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Moab,
I have often wondered about the Rollamajig. Do you think it makes a noticable difference?
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Yea man, the XT derailleurs will work the Deore gruppo. Just make sure you get the right ones for your frame AND or cassette gearing range (cage length).
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Just so you know: If you're using a cassette with more than 28 teeth for the largest cog you need a "LONG CAGE" if under 28 you should use a "SHORT CAGE". Most mountain bikes have a LC, but there are some applications where a SC is required (i.e. Running a single chainring up front, or a lot of trials riders use a SC and a road cassette).

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Just so you know: If you're using a cassette with more than 28 teeth for the largest cog you need a "LONG CAGE" if under 28 you should use a "SHORT CAGE". Most mountain bikes have a LC, but there are some applications where a SC is required (i.e. Running a single chainring up front, or a lot of trials riders use a SC and a road cassette).

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Also FYI, Shimano refers to them as GS (short) and SGS (long). Now that begs the question: What does GS stand for. I believe the first S in SGS stands for "Super". The G might stand for "Gearing". The last S is for... "Standard"?
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