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    Deore vs XT crank

    I upgraded my crankset on my Felt Nine 60 to Shimano SLX. Not a fan if the silver finish. My LBS will swap out at no expense (other than difference between versions). When I went to SLX I only have two rings up front losing quite a few low gears. They called today and have a brand new Deore all black or an XT all silver that I could go to. Will I notice much between the Deore and the SLX? What about finding a black XT crankset. Would I notice much between the SLX and the XT?

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    If they are gonna do it as an even trade, go with the xt. It's a step up from the slx and two steps up from the deore. I gave up on trying to make my bike all matchy a long time ago.
    Small ring in front makes it easier. Small ring in back makes it harder. That blows my mind.

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    They wouldn't be the same cost I just wouldnt lose anything on my current crankset. After checking out the XT in silver (ALL silver) it looks pretty good...Just dont wan't to go backwards.

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    I don't think you would feel or notice a difference in the crank arms however the bearings and gear quality in the XT would be noticed.

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    Xt and slx crankarms are almost same weight... Aprox 595g for each The difference is in chainring materials and xt is lighter... I don't know about bb differences... Slx is more rigidity than xt
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    go silver. the black cranks will probably lose part of the finish anyways. I have yet to see a black crank without a spot of raw aluminum showing from ankle polish.

    Another option with the SLX is get some crank skins to cover the silver.

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    I have the Hollowtech Deore 3X10 now and was looking at the XT 3X10, they have them on sale now for around $299 I have not seen the 2X10 but I am not sure if there is much of a difference. For me they are both 24/32/42. Go for the XT, you can not go wrong with that group.

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    Going for the XT crank....added a few other goodies to my bike and picking it up tomorrow....can't wait.

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    I have SLX 9-speed on my 26" full susser and find it excellent. I've got 10-speed XT on my new 29er hardtail and I prefer it. However, I'm convinced it's mainly the tighter 42-32-24 chain ring ratios mated with the 29er wheel size that I'm preferring. I'm reckon the 10speed SLX would be almost indistinguishable - especially if you have the current thumb-compatible XT trigger shifters which are superb.

    PS. I haven't tried an SLX front mech so I can't comment on that, but I found my 9 speed SLX rear mech performance pretty much on a par with the 9-speed XT version. My buddy with XTR drivechain jumped on my SLX equipped Flux and was surprised at how good the shifting was.

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    Boy, what a difference. I can really see a big change in how much faster and smoother the XT package is (upgraded everything to XT). Thanks for the advice.

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