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Old 12-05-08, 12:25 AM   #1
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SRAM X9 or X.0 Long vs. short

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My bike has a SRAM X9 mid cage rear derailleur on it. I was thinking about upgrading to an X.0. I was wondering if it is worth the dough to upgrade and if i do, if i should stay with a mid cage model. The cassette is a 11-34t. Does a long cage model afford me more gear combinations? Will it fit in place of a mid? Will a long cage take the same chain?

I saw a post here on long cage/ mid cage, but it was out of date and was interested in later info with these newer derailleurs.

thanks!
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Old 12-05-08, 01:53 AM   #2
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no need to change the cage size. stick with a medium. x.9 vs. x.0 totally depends on how much money you want to shell out. x.0 is for sure made to tighter tolerances/lighter, and seems to be as tough. depending on your bike and gearing setup, you may even be able to run the short cage. what front rings are you running, and what frame.

i stick with x.9 purely for personal budget reasons. i average about one ganked rear mech a year, and would rather replace the cheaper x.9 then the more expensive sibling. would the x.0 be more durable, and last me longer? IMO, not where/what/how i ride. at least not enough to be worth the extra dough to me.
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^ +1 with everything.
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Not worth upgrading until your current derailer goes kaput IMO.
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Thanks!

Really appreciate the feedback! In answer to response 1, my bike is a 2008 Specialized Enduro Comp.

Does the same go for the shifters? X9 vs. X.0?

I was figuring i'd just run the current set up until something gives. Just upgraded from a 2000 Enduro Sport so all are going to seem a huge upgrade.

Again, Thanks!
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oops my bad

my bike is a comp and has X-7 shifters on it. not X.9. and the chain rings are 22S/32A/44A, 4 bolt 104/64mm.

just looking for the best upgrade for the money. Thanks again!
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Have a look at this. If symptoms persist, take two of these and call me in the morning.
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Oh, and upgraditis usually takes place right when you get a bike. It'll wear off so wait.
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'nuf said! Thanks for the diagnosis and the prescription! Great info.

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Really appreciate the feedback! In answer to response 1, my bike is a 2008 Specialized Enduro Comp.

Does the same go for the shifters? X9 vs. X.0?

I was figuring i'd just run the current set up until something gives. Just upgraded from a 2000 Enduro Sport so all are going to seem a huge upgrade.

Again, Thanks!
If your talking X.0 twist shifters, the price isn't much higher....go for it. If your talking triggers then the price difference is large....how much money do you want to spend.
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(Dr. Chelboed, you've been working way too hard! Take a rest, i'll collect the money for you! )

*goes over to krmkarlm*

that'll be a hundred bucks krmkarlm.

and here's your receipt.

*pretends to print receipt...but presses DON'T PRINT instead*

im sorry, our machine is down, just pay me the money, I'll keep it safe.

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Hi

My bike has a SRAM X9 mid cage rear derailleur on it. I was thinking about upgrading to an X.0. I was wondering if it is worth the dough to upgrade and if i do, if i should stay with a mid cage model. The cassette is a 11-34t. Does a long cage model afford me more gear combinations? Will it fit in place of a mid? Will a long cage take the same chain?

I saw a post here on long cage/ mid cage, but it was out of date and was interested in later info with these newer derailleurs.

thanks!
i run a medium XO on a 5 inch travel dw-link bike with 3 chain rings and only have problems with about 2 gears that would really be cross chaining a lot anyhow. i can probably make it work with the b-adjuster, but i don't want to

i run a fairly tight chain as well.

so i always use medium cages

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