Andy B wrote:
Deore is good & lasts for a long time, if a little heavy
LX has been discontinued from the MTB range (mow a touring/hybrid groupset) But was OK for longevity, although in pricing not far off XT
SLX (New for '09) is the new All Mountain range, a cross between Hone/LX & XT
XT is almost as light as XTR, but lasts a lot longer & is a lot cheaper for almost the same performance
XTR is the lightest, built made of Shimano's finest cheese & will wear out quite quickly.
Hone, no idea what that is ....
But a trip to shimano website still list LX in the MTB section. Also all the higher one seem to either look terrible (XT/XTR) or are black. LX seem to be the nicer of the sets.
So things seem to have turned around since my day.
Where the cheap stuff dies in a month or so of riding and only XT/XTR actual lasted. XTR being quite hard to break.
STX RC came out after my day
and I see is no longer made either.