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Old 09-06-17, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by atwl77 View Post
Yeah, I just went to look up their mountain bike's hierarchy and the way they spread Deore around... ugh...
Current Shimano MTB hierarchy:
Acera
Alivio
Deore
SLX
Deore XT
Deore XTR

Zee and Saint are niche, DH specific groups at roughly the Deore XT and Deore XTR levels respectively.

Deore LX is an obsolete name for older 8/9 speed SLX-level gear. I think the Deore LX name makes a lot more sense than SLX and is consistent. I don't think Shimano has used that name for 20 years. They used to make a lower level group called Deore DX around that time as well, if memory serves. The OP's bike must be fairly old. Also, since the OP seems a bit surprised that 600 is now called Ultegra (and has been since the early 90s), I'd say he himself goes back a bit in cycling, like myself.

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