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Old 08-16-16, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
Really good post, Colonel. Might I add one comment re. shifters?

The dividing line in Shimano is between SLX and XT: SLX down, shift levers use bushings (and more plastic). XT and XTR: ball bearings. SLX is great, but XT is noticeably better: smoother, lighter effort, more durable.

Same applies to SRAM: GX, and X7 down, bushings. X9 up: ball bearings.

It's really not a huge thing, but is something to keep in mind if one tends to keep -- as I do -- stuff for a long time.
Thanks for that info.

Personally when I buy components, I will likely always get XT gear anyway, with a possible exception for cranks and cassettes, where I'd be happy to go with SLX if the price is right, but obviously I don't want to mislead anyone about the differences in gear levers, which I obviously did.
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