I'm now running X9 double crankset and I'm really tired of it. Sram chainrings last ~ 2000km for me. Non-sram 80/120 chainrings are expensive and hard to find, even not all online shops carry them. And I really hate Sram BB design. The drive-side exposed axle gets covered in mud all the time. What is worse, I've to take off the crankset to clean it. Or creak when riding all the time... My current chainrings are almost worn out, so I'm thinking about replacing whole crankset and be done with it.
So I started looking for double crankset with 24mm axle (more/cheaper BBs, 64/104 BCD (more/cheaper chainrings), and that works well as double. Narrow q-factor is a huge plus. Stock configuration with 26/38 is nice too.
So far I narrowed down to two cranksets - Shimano SLX and Shimano XT. I looked at XTR and Rotor as well, but they seem too expensive with marginal benefits.
SLX and XT seem very similar so I'm having a hard time to choose between them. I'd go with XT just for the sake of it, but I heard that SLX q-factor may be narrower and stiffer. Is it correct for 2013 models?
Any other similar cranksets for looking at? Or any ideas how to deal with Sram BB design in bad weather conditions?
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