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    Deore XT vs X9?

    I am looking at a used free ride bike with 2011 Deore XT groupo. I am more familiar with the SRAM groupo so don't know how to assess the quality/worth of the Shimano stuff.

    Any comments?

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    Xt groupo? So, it has an xt rear der. And shifter? And this is apparently your only concern regarding the used bike? Are you trolling?


    Fwiw I have never used anything 'better' than xt. Set it up and forget it. I ride rocky trails- not gonna spend $$$$$ on the first thing that a rock hits when it is twisted from the ground from your tire.
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    No trolling here. Just not familiar with Shimano on mountain bikes (unlike my road bike which is Ultegra).

    Here is the info:

    FRONT BRAKE Shimano Deore XT rotor, 200mm rotor
    REAR BRAKE Shimano Deore XT rotor, 180mm rotor
    BRAKE LEVERS Shimano Deore XT
    F DERAILLEUR Shimano FD-M660 SLX, E-type for DMD, top swing, bottom pull
    R DERAILLEUR Shimano XTR Shadow, mid carbon cage
    SHIFTERS Shimano Deore XT, aluminum trigger
    CASSETTE Shimano Deore XT, 11-36t

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    Ahhhh. That makes more sense. I wasn't trying to be a DBag, but (in my experience) I consider 'grouppos' to be a road bike thing. With Hope, Magura, and an array of other brakes, most people I know have their preferences on individual components-- not the whole line of a product for every component. I understand that drive train is a little more limited-- shimano and avid for shifting duties, but cranks sets are as varied as brakes.

    But you actually do have a 'grouppo'.
    IMHO, your brakes with kick the ass off of anything that Avid has to offer. Your der's. are just as good as the comparable Sram offerings-- bling? no, but they will work if set up correctly. I would consider XT to be comparable to x9. Not top of the line, but no slouch, either.

    If the rest of the bike is in good shape-- I'd say you have a winner based on the spec you listed.
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    I am also not used to having all the same brand of equipment on a mountain bike which is why I used the term "groupo" since it was all Shimano.

    I was especially not sure how the Shimano disc brakes compared with the Avid ones so I appreciate the info and will likely buy the bike.

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    I see XT more like X0 as SRAM now has XX components. And Shimano added the SLX line which seems to fall around the X7 or X9 pricepoint.

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