just curious about opinions on modern xtr.
as some of you know i am having a custom frame built, see here,
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=
i am in the process of deciding what to build it with, most is already decided but the thing i am struggling with is the xtr connection
i don't like sram and i never will so defo want xtr parts, but only where needed as i want to do the usual british where possible thing so what i need to decide on is front and rear mech and 9 or 10 speed.
my thinking is this, all my modern stuff is 9 speed so it makes sense from that point of view to have 9 speed, that said it's gonna be a bike that is built and left alone so if it was 10 speed then that's fine so compatibility with my other bikes isn't an issue.
also i know 9 speed and i know what gears i use regularly, if i went 10 speed i'd go double up front with a wider cassette at the back so i don't lose the climbing gears but this would take a certain amount of re-learning what gears work for me.
but frankly the main thing for me in this case is looks
all the xtr mechs i have at the moment are m952 except for the front mech on the clockwork which is m960 i think (without checking), i definitely want matching mechs and i really like the look of the 9speed mechs with the big 'X' on them but obviously if i go 10 speed i then have to have the 10 speed mechs which in my opinion aren't as nice looking.
so opinions on whether 10 speed is worth it and also opinions on looks aswel would be good.
come on chuck your 2p's worth!
and here's some pics of the mechs to help you decide.
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