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    12-36 9 speed Shimano cassette with SRAM X9 rear derailleur?

    Anybody know if the SRAM X9 rear derailleur is compatible with the Shimano HG61 12-36 9 speed cassette? I'm being told that the only rear derailleur that can be used with that cassette is a Shimano shadow style derailleur.

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    I'm running 9 speed with a 12-36 HG61 with X7 rear derailleur on 2 bikes - all my 1X9s are setup this way.

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    OP, you're being told wrong.

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    The spec for both SRAM and Shimano 9 speed rear derailleurs says that maximum cog size is 34 so in theory what you were told is correct. But they work fine with the 36. Mine shift perfectly with the X7, haven't tried it yet with my SLX but lots of people doing it.

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    Worked fine with my non-shadow XT 9spd.
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    The 9-speed Deore Shadow M592 is rated for 36t by Shimano. It has the same cage as SLX, except Deore has both sides of the cage steel. I am guessing the 36t was not out when the M772 or M662 were released. See the attached screenshot of the M592 before it was replaced by Shimano with the M593 10-speed.
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    I'm using the Shimano 12-36 cassette with a SRAM x.9 derailer. I took the 11t cog off an old cassette and replaced the 12t with it. So my last gear shift is a little steep, but it gives me good range. I only had one issue with the 12-36, one time the gear caught that little tab on the derailer cage and yanked off my derailer hanger. So I removed that little tab with a pair of pliers. It's been smooth sailing ever since. Highly recommended. It's the poor man's 1x10

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    Wouldn't it me nice if we could buy an XT quality 11 or 12-36 Cassette for 9-speed. I thought about asking via petition for one from the major companies, but the friendlies on the two niner board practically beat me over the head for even suggesting the idea. I should be so foolish not to take planned obsolescence and like it the way they do... lol....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratocaster View Post
    Wouldn't it me nice if we could buy an XT quality 11 or 12-36 Cassette for 9-speed. I thought about asking via petition for one from the major companies, but the friendlies on the two niner board practically beat me over the head for even suggesting the idea. I should be so foolish not to take planned obsolescence and like it the way they do... lol....
    Is there something wrong with shimano's current 12-36? I've been using it as an 11-36 for a solid half season. If anything, I wish shimano made short cage versions of all its popular lx/xt/shadow derailers. I'm not a huge fan of the feel of the SRAM shifters, or how far the derailers stick out.

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    Anyone try the 12-36 HG61 with a 9 speed XTR rear derailleur? Does that rub on the 36t cog? I want to try this but don't want to buy the cassette and find out it doesn't work.

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