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    Is SRAM any good?

    I was thinking about getting a lower end Specialized Rockhopper and it has SRAM stuff. Can anyone let me know if this ok components?

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    its as solid as shimano, generally speaking. in fact sram chains and cassettes are what i prefer to run, and i run thier mtn group on my giant trance.

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    it's just prefference, some like Shimano, some like Sram - if you like the bike & it feels good, Sram will be fine !

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    I like the Shimano shifter style though. But I perfer SRAM for chain/cassette.

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    I think he's talking about the new SRAM stuff below the X.7 level on the Hardrock Sport.

    I was actually wondering that myself.

    Anybody have it?

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    yea i have the sx-4 on my hardrock sport disc and it gets the job done

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    srams are good but any thing from x-5 down are heeps bad. i had an x-5 on my bike and i bumped it the slitest bit and it got a crack in it. then when i went on a jump about 1 metre big it snaped right off. so i took it in and got an x-7. the guy at the shop sad it was partly made of palsitic

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    Shimano....there is no equal.

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    My LBS replaced my cassette and chain on my 05 Rockhopper with SRAM equipment. I really like their chains. I've been told the SRAM cassettes don't last as long as Shimano, but so far I have not noticed any difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samster143
    Shimano....there is no equal.
    No, singlespeed....there is no equal.
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    Words and Stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samster143
    Shimano....there is no equal.

    What do you have to back up your claim?
    You can't just come out and say such a bold comment without anything to back it up.

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    I usually always have shimano and I have nothing bad to say about there parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airpressure
    I usually always have shimano and I have nothing bad to say about there parts.
    +1 ........ all of the bikes I've owned (except the **** Toys R Us/Walyworld ones) have had Shimano. So far, no major problems.

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    It is mainly a preference like Riles said.

    For me I like SRAM derailleurs over Shimano, but I don't hate the Shimano ones. I like Shimano cassettes and crank sets over SRAM but I dont hate SRAM ones, you get my drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samster143
    Shimano....there is no equal.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank Rearden
    Why?
    Becuse he buys into all the ads in the bike mags?
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    Quote Originally Posted by samster143
    Shimano....there is no equal.
    Maybe he means equally bad.

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    I run Shimano XT, my son uses Sram X9 we both get up and down the trail ok.
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    I have Sram X.7 on my bike, it is very nice. Very crisp shifting.

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    Just for unification of parts in case of replacement I run sram. I hated Shimanos move to rapid rise (personal preference) and dual control shifter/brakes. So I discontinued buying them. They have backed up a bit and returned to standard shifters (good on them to recognize a mistake) but I have all sram stuff now and intend to stay that way. I do find a difference with the 1x1 shifting as well.

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    Sram...there is no equal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samster143
    Shimano....there is no equal.
    Very true statement, there is no equal, only superior!
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    i prefer sram. i cant stand how shimano refuses to limit the forward motion on their rear derailleurs. for 07 all they did was put a little pad there. i also think sram shiftes are much more solid and dependable

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike
    I've been told the SRAM cassettes don't last as long as Shimano, but so far I have not noticed any difference.
    SRAM and Shimano cassettes are funny. XT cassettes cost about twice as much as the comparable PG970 cassettes but XT's will not last twice as long. So by this logic, XT is more durable.

    However, with the XT 4/5-arm design, powerful/heavy/"pedal-mashing-non-spinning" riders can easily rip cogs "outwards" in certain gear combos. I've had this happen to me 3 times on XT cassettes. 5 or so SRAM cassettes later and I've never had the problem, but I can say they wear slightly faster.

    And last but not least, XT cassettes weigh less because of this same 4/5-arm design. We're talking about 75g lighter than SRAM pg970.

    In the end, it's personal preference and experience.
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    Back when I was still mountain biking I rode a Yeti ARC with a SRAM X.0 drivetrain, and I can say that it's the best drivetrain I've ever ridden in terms of performance and reliability, road or mountain. Never lost performance, even when it was gunked-up, and SRAM's chains were far more reliable. I built up a beater bike with a combo of Shimano and SRAM parts (Rocket shifters, XT RD, Deore FD, LX crank) and that worked pretty well too, but nothing like the crispness of X.0 (I hope not for the $$$ difference... )

    I'm not sure about the performance of the lower-end stuff in an all-SRAM drivetrain, but I have yet to buy a SRAM part that hasn't served me faithfully.
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