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    SRAM X.7 and X.9

    Sorry if this has been asked before. Is the X.7 component group very similar to the LX and the X.9 very similar to the XT in performance? Is there a noticeable difference between the X.7 and X.9 as far as the shifters are concerned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    Sorry if this has been asked before. Is the X.7 component group very similar to the LX and the X.9 very similar to the XT in performance? Is there a noticeable difference between the X.7 and X.9 as far as the shifters are concerned?

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    The x.9 on my Norco is much much better than the XTR I currently have on my Kona Coiler. Much crisper shifts, and doesn't go out of adjustment as often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    Sorry if this has been asked before. Is the X.7 component group very similar to the LX and the X.9 very similar to the XT in performance? Is there a noticeable difference between the X.7 and X.9 as far as the shifters are concerned?

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    yep, x.7 is about lx level, x.9 is about xt level. x.9 is slightly lighter, a little nicer construction, sealed bearings in the pulleys. something most of us won't even notice while riding. both come in a longer/shorter cage size, too.
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    I'd say X9 = XTR.


    XO is a step above XTR in my opinion.

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    I've read that the shifters are the same, except the X9 has metal rather than plastic levers. I'm using X7 shifters, no complaints.

    The X9 derailler has sealed bearings instead of bushings. I think the X7 comes only as a long cage, not positive about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311
    I'd say X9 = XTR.


    XO is a step above XTR in my opinion.
    Considering the price of the '06 X0, it better be more than a single step better that XTR .
    Last edited by jpick915; 02-14-2006 at 02:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311
    I'd say X9 = XTR.


    XO is a step above XTR in my opinion.
    sorry buddy, x.9 is not = to xtr

    x.9 (r/d) are a lot less durable then xtr,xt,lx stuff...

    How often have you seen a snaped shimano r/d ?
    Sram is also more expensive, but IT DOES shift better, because its easyer to tune with the 1:1 ratio, but a well tuned xt or xtr r/d will shift like an x.9 if setup properly

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    I rode Shimano for years before switching to SRAM. Shimano's quality has gone downhill IMO. I've broken my share of Shimano deraillers, and one XO.


    XO is a cut above XTR in just about every way, and it should be considering the incredible price tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megaclocker
    sorry buddy, x.9 is not = to xtr

    x.9 (r/d) are a lot less durable then xtr,xt,lx stuff...

    How often have you seen a snaped shimano r/d ?
    Sram is also more expensive, but IT DOES shift better, because its easyer to tune with the 1:1 ratio, but a well tuned xt or xtr r/d will shift like an x.9 if setup properly
    Yes, X9 is, if anything a bit above XT and below XTR. Same with X7, maybe a bit above LX, below XT.

    About durability, it seems like SRAM has(had?) some issues with QC with the X9 rear ders. I'm still not convinced that the derailleur snaps are due to poor design. Two things, one, there are a lot of people that have been riding them for a long time, no problems; two, you don't hear the same about X7's -same basic design. My 2 pennies.

    No questions about the durability of XT, though. And, when properly adjusted it shifts as well as X9. It just seems like it is harder -for the average user- to get an XT dialed in properly. Also, it would seem that XT -and Shimano's in general- require adjustments more often than SRAM derailleurs.
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