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    Front derailuer: LX vs. XT

    Someone gave me an XT front derailuer to put on my bike Spec. Epic, which currently has LX, however, i'm not seeing any differences between these two pieces. What are they? Will I notice a difference in performance? Is it even worth it?

    Thank you in advance.

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    I would be surprised if you could notice a difference...

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    It's not worth the trouble to do it now. The weight difference is negligible and while the XT is of better quality and will last a bit longer it wouldn't be worth it to me to mount, recable & dial in a new front d-r until at least the front cable cries for replacement. You may notice a slight improvement in performance with the XT but it doesn't sound like the LX is giving you grief.
    If you can, get one. You can bild it up to be a kinda lite trail slaying,dirt surfin, 40 mile ride single track super mama. this bike is the cutting edge of the sport. "spred the groove".

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    Well, I was too impatient/bored and went ahead and did it anyway. I kind of just wanted the experience too. With the help of a youtube video, it wasn't all that bad. hopefully i didn't screw anything up. Seems to be dialed in but I guess I'll find out for sure tomorrow when I ride it to work.

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    xt looks cooler

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    your bling just increased by 2%. and your bike is a couple grams lighter.

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    You should be about 2x times faster now......

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    doubt there would be much of a difference. for trail riding if you get in the mud sometimes different front derailleurs clear mud off of the surface better allowing for faster and easier shifts. id doubt there would be hardly any difference on an average trail.

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    I've always heard that in addition to being a few grams lighter, the high end Shimano components are more mud/dirt tolerant. So you'll probably notice a difference if you race or do marathons.

    I have an LX front der on my AM and an XTR front der on my hardtail - they both perform about the same. But the XTR looks a lot cooler.

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    The difference will become noticeable at the extreme range of your riding.

    This is where the XT will shine over the LX.

    When it comes time to do the hard work, the XT will have it all over the LX.

    Plus, yeah to the rest...bling factor goes up, more trail cred, etc...

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