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    X9 vs XO RD with XO shifter

    I am looking to upgrade my 1 x 9 drivetrain to a 1 x 10. Chain and cassette are shot so what the hell. I really like the feel of the XO shifters so I am deffinatley going to get the XO rear shifter. BUT I am not sold on the XO RD. I would like it, but it seems like a lot of extra cash for not a huge improvement over the X9.

    X9 - bushings for jockey wheels and a few ~20gms heavier
    XO - Bearings for jockey wheels and a few grams lighter

    If anyone has any expeirence with both I would apereciate the input. I have been doing a bit of research and the conclusion so far is that the X9 is just fine unless you are racing where miniscule improvements can make the difference between a 1st and a 2nd place finish.

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    You probably wont tell the difference while riding.

    I went for the xo just to have the complete drivetrain..but it was only $50 more than the x9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonylokrn View Post
    You probably wont tell the difference while riding.
    +1

    I have the X9 and it shifts great. You would probably be happy with either.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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    I don't think there's enough benefits to justify the big price difference between the x9 and x0.

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    I have two comments and they are soley based on my opinion...

    #1 Currently with all the hype of 10spd you can pick off 9spd X0 stuff for good prices. For example...Cambria had 990 cassettes for $60. If you feel like you dont have tall enough gear than go with 11-34 cassette.

    #2 In my opinion, while x9 is very very nice stuff x0 is BETTER. Not only because of the weight but the shifting, build quality, etc.

    At this stage of the game I would not pay a premium to go to 10spd...Keep the 1x9 and buy x0. eBay is your friend you can pick up rear der., cassette, and shifter for $150 or less.

    good luck!

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    Thanks for the replies, like I mentioned I am in for a new cassette and chain regardless. The 36 sproket would be a very benificial bail out gear. Also doesn't 10 spd shift a bit better or is that just marketing hype? No doubt it would be cheaper and easier just to keep what I have got but I do suffer from a bad case of upgadeitis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flboy View Post
    Also doesn't 10 spd shift a bit better or is that just marketing hype?
    Not hype. It does. Rear shifting for me is quicker and smoother that what I had but the front shifting is outstanding.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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    I don't know. I have ridden the 10 spd stuff and comparing x0 to x0 I couldn't notice much difference. J would definitely upgrade but I would stay with 9 spd.

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    I have ridden both XO and X9 1x set-ups with a mix of all of the above. I truly feel the XO shifter feels much better than the X9. I usually run an XO shifter and X9 rear der. Take that extra $50 bucks and spring for the PG1080 XO cassette. It is sexy time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onlyontwo View Post
    I have ridden both XO and X9 1x set-ups with a mix of all of the above. I truly feel the XO shifter feels much better than the X9. I usually run an XO shifter and X9 rear der. Take that extra $50 bucks and spring for the PG1080 XO cassette. It is sexy time.

    Cheers,
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    XG-1080 is the model for XO.
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    I ended up gettign a 9sp XT cassette before a long weekend trip of riding. I didn't feel like I was in dire need of a lower gear so I think I am goin got pick up a 9 sp XO shifter. I also might get a short cage X9 rd down the road for the helluvit. The short cage RD's shift a bit tighter don't they?

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    Yes. But make sure you have enough room that you don't rip the arm off.

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