shadow XTR mech with carbon cage.
dunno about 10 speed - I am opposing it as I want my components to be changeable (I am totally 9 speed) .... but in practise having 1 bike 10 speed isn't going to matter. If you do the sums, the 2 ring/10 speed set up leaves you with a smaller range if gears and since I am pushing on a buit in years, that was one reason I resisted .... but what I've been told is that you just change your riding style to cope (the loss of the high gears does not botther me as I am not some mad max downhiller so hardly ever use the big outer ring off road).
and what is wrong with SRAM - the shifters, not the grip shift. It shifts as well as shimano.
for what this bike will be used for i could lose the granny ring as where i live i don't really use it that often and with a 10speed i could get a 36t(
) for the top sprocket giving me the get out of trouble gear.
with regards to sram, no, never. i used to work in the trade, did 12 years punishment, there are certain brands/parts i simply will not use and sram gears and brakes are them. can't get spares (quickly) and what you can get is a replacement unit as opposed to an individual small part, the mechs don't last and the shifters are a pain to stick a cable in to. the brakes bind/rub and need constant bleeding as wel as ripping through pads.
(having said that for a laugh i have built my alpinestars with esp9.0sl gripshit, but i am expecting the mech to explode any minute now!)
no one will ever convince me otherwise about sram though.
that said i'd like this thread not to turn into the singletrack world sram v shimano debate, i'm using xtr and that's that!!
so any thoughts on longevity of 10 speed? and like i said out of the options above which do you prefer the looks of?
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