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    Ideal SRAM/Shimano Mix...

    To the experienced out there, what's your ideal mix of a SRAM/Shimano drivetrain?
    (feel free to throw in any unorthodox pieces to like Hope, Formula, etc...)

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    SRAM chain, XT shifters and dérailleurs, hub and crank choice at your discretion.

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    Sram X9 shifter pods
    Sram X9 rear der
    Sram PG990 cassette
    Sram PC 991 chain
    Shimano SLX cranks
    Shimano SLX FRont der

    i run any front der really.....on one bike I have a Deore, X7, SLX and an Acera on my commuter. They all work. But I like the SLX and the X7 best out of what I have....in that order

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    To the experienced out there, what's your ideal mix of a SRAM/Shimano drivetrain?
    Mixing does nothing for me.
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    Shimano front derailleur, cranks, and cassette. SRAM rear derailleur and shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    Sram X9 shifter pods
    Sram X9 rear der
    Sram PG990 cassette
    Sram PC 991 chain
    Shimano SLX cranks
    Shimano SLX FRont der

    i run any front der really.....on one bike I have a Deore, X7, SLX and an Acera on my commuter. They all work. But I like the SLX and the X7 best out of what I have....in that order
    I would agree but I would sub fot XT Front Der and I use XT Cranks on all my bikes except for the AM rig which uses SLX
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    XO shifters
    XO rear derailleur
    XTR front derailleur
    XTR chain
    XTR cranks
    XTR cassette

    and you can bump all of those down to X.9 and XT to save some money if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    To the experienced out there, what's your ideal mix of a SRAM/Shimano drivetrain?
    (feel free to throw in any unorthodox pieces to like Hope, Formula, etc...)
    Sram speed x-0 front and rear shifters, Shimano XTR front and rear deraileurs, 10 speed Ultegra road cassette, SRAM 1/8" ss chain, Truvativ ss crank with Campy 10 speed ring.

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    My race bike is pretty mixed-up:

    • XTR cassette (lighter than SRAM's and shifts well)

    • XTR chain with a KMC Missing Link (seems more durable and stronger than SRAM chains to me, the Missing Link is just like a SRAM connecting link)

    • Shimano Dura-Ace FD7700 front derailleur (last 9 speed DA, super light, works just as well as a mtb derailleur)

    • X.0 rear derailleur

    • X.0 Grip Shifts

    • Cannondale Hollowgram SL crankset

    • Cannondale 29T middle ring

    • Middleburn 42T big ring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne
    Mixing does nothing for me.
    I asked because I've read that some mixed parts perform better than unmixed
    (for example, SRAM shifters with Shimano Der's, etc...).

    I was throwing this out there for some real world experiences.


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    The Roadie references are certainly interesting. .

    I guess DA's (Dura Ace) components would best be used on XC rigs?

    I'm thinking about two set ups...an XT/X.9 and an XTR/X.O set up.

    The XTR/X.O would be for an uber bike (just to have "the best" on it).

    Right now, my the bike I have has the following components (any weak links here?):

    Front Derailleur SRAM X.7, high mount
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.9
    Shifters SRAM X.7, trigger
    Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34T, 9spd


    I don't see anything I'd need to swap out, but I've already committed to changing the crankset
    from the stock stock Shimano M532 with Candy C pedals to a Shimano XT with XT M770's.

    If anything, I was thinking about going with an XTR Fr. Der.
    Last edited by 2ndgen; 04-01-2009 at 02:08 PM.

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    Road parts don't work on all setups or for everyone... and they just don't make much sense if you don't race. In my case, it's a XC race bike and I built it from a frame and fork only, found the DA for much cheaper than a XT or XTR derailleur so I gave it a try (chainline must not be too big, can be troublesome with 3 rings and need a cable routing coming from below). My trail bike is a mix of XT/XTR all the way, can't fault it.

    Nothing's wrong with your setup, the PG950 cassette is quite heavy though and it's rotational mass, better save weight there than on the front derailleur.

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    On my Moto Lite

    XO triggers
    OX RD
    XTR FD
    Sram
    990 Cassette
    991 Chain

    On the Racer X
    X9 grip shift
    X9 RD
    XTR RD
    Sram 990 Cass
    991 chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    Road parts don't work on all setups or for everyone... and they just don't make much sense if you don't race. In my case, it's a XC race bike and I built it from a frame and fork only, found the DA for much cheaper than a XT or XTR derailleur so I gave it a try (chainline must not be too big, can be troublesome with 3 rings and need a cable routing coming from below). My trail bike is a mix of XT/XTR all the way, can't fault it.

    Nothing's wrong with your setup, the PG950 cassette is quite heavy though and it's rotational mass, better save weight there than on the front derailleur.
    Thanks. Good to know. Will look into an XTR Cassette.

    As for the front der., definitely going to go with an XTR and beginning at only $38.,
    it can't be beat and has to be much better than an X.7.

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    Without naming groups, I generally use this mix

    SRAM Shifters
    SRAM Rear Derailleur
    SRAM PowerLink
    SRAM Truvativ Crankset

    Shimano Chain
    Shimano Cassette (sometimes SRAM here)
    Shimano Front Derailleur

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    on mine it goes like that

    x.0 shifters
    x.0 rear der.
    x.9 high clamp front der
    dura ace chain with sram powerlink
    dura ace cassette 12-23
    race face deus xc crank

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    Current set up:

    Front Derailleur SRAM X.7, high mount
    Rear Derailleur SRAM X.9
    Shifters SRAM X.7, trigger
    Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34T, 9spd


    Have the chance to pick up XTR Fr/Rr. Der. for under $100. brand new...

    Will they work on 2009 Gary Fisher Roscoe I (just ordered the M770 XT Crankset & M770 XT Pedals)?

    Shimano XTR Rear Derailleur Rapid Rise M960
    Shimano XTR Front Derailleur Top Swing M960

    Total for both w/free shipping: $98.00

    Top Rear Der on Roscoe series is SRAM X.0 and top Fr. Der. is XT M770.

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    shimano xt derailleurs
    shimano hg-93 chains
    shimno hollowtech cranks
    sram gripshift shifters
    sram cassattes

    this is my current setup as well. i find shimano makes the best derailleurs, and many will agree with that at least for the front derailleur as i don't here a lot of great things about the sram front derailleurs. i've always found shimano chains to be the most durable and so i swear by them. i prefer the gripshift shifters over the trigger shifters. simpler, less moving parts, and cost less. i've destroyed trigger shifters before, but haven't once broken a set of gripshift. i like sram cassattes because they seem to be just as good as shimano, but cost less.

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    Here's the "Best of" list MTBR has:

    Crankset:.........XTR
    Pedals:............XTR
    Fr. Der:............XTR
    Rr. Der:............X.O
    Shifters:...........X.O
    Cassette:..........X.7
    Brakes:......Formula
    Last edited by 2ndgen; 04-02-2009 at 08:58 PM.

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    Really happy w
    Rapid Fire Levers, Low Normal Long Cage m970 Rear Der, xtrm970 front der, M970 Crank (with raceface 42 big ring),pg980 cassette and pc971 chain. Shifting is smooth and effortless front and back for this budget but still light setup.

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