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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:43 pm 
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hmm also food for thought, always forget about merlin for some reason.


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hmm also food for thought, always forget about merlin for some reason.
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funny thing is that just realised its mainly xt m760 already :oops:


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Andy B wrote:
SLX chainsets are stiffer than XT chainsets, or so I'm led to believe


I think that only the double with the bash guard as it's beefed up for freeriding or DH or some other modern extreme riding style thing. It also has steel inserts for the pedal threads which the triple doesn't.


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JamesM wrote:
Andy B wrote:
SLX chainsets are stiffer than XT chainsets, or so I'm led to believe


I think that only the double with the bash guard as it's beefed up for freeriding or DH or some other modern extreme riding style thing. It also has steel inserts for the pedal threads which the triple doesn't.
The double and triple chainsets are exactly the same, barring the steel pedal inserts and chainrings.

SLX isn't aimed at DH or Freeriding, that's what the Saint groupset is aimed at. SLX is an XC/All Mountain groupset


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Okay, my understanding was that the SLX double chainset was beefed up with the intention of being a cheap alternative to Saint and that the triple was the lighter XC option. I've not seen them in the flesh though, thats just the impression I got when I read some reviews a few years back.


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SLX is seriously underrated and always has been.

Ultimate Shimano setup for me (assuming we are talking pre-ice-tech stuff)
XT brake levers
SLX calipers (stiffer than monobloc ones)
XT chainset (steel/carbon composite middle ring is v. nice - IIRC SLX doesn't have it but if it has, then SLX would be fine too)
SLX hubs (steel axles and a reliable freehub body!)
XT mechs - but SLX are v. nice too.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:39 am 
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Location: No brakes? Way to commit soldier.
For similar reasons to those already posted, I run XTR shifters with an SLX chainset and XT mechs.

I don't use shimano brakes.


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for all those saying not to use shimano brakes may i ask why? always seem easy to set up and maintain, but the only ones i have have used in anger are the new saint ones and they seem awesome.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:10 am 
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dbmtb wrote:
XT chainset (steel/carbon composite middle ring is v. nice - IIRC SLX doesn't have it but if it has, then SLX would be fine too)


The SLX triple crank does have the steel/carbon composite middle ring. :wink:


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