Shimano Zee. Any good?

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Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby widge34 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 19:33 pm

looking to purchase a clutch mech and to go to 10 speed from 9, so also need a rear shifter. single ring up front. Is the Shimano Zee kit any good?
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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby lawman » Tue Nov 20, 2012 19:58 pm

Should be pretty good I reckon, the mech looks great and if it performs almost as well as my xtr shadow plus then it'll be great. The shifter looks quite good, but I'd be tempted to go for a saint shifter. Rose bikes have great prices on both so you can't really go wrong with either :)

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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby widge34 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 06:48 am

Cheers lawman. Having been reading some online reviews. Seems to be rated.
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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby allthegearnoidea » Thu Nov 22, 2012 09:12 am

correct me if im wrong but isnt zee essentially rebadged SLX??? shorter rear cages but not a lot else different???
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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby lawman » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:58 am

allthegearnoidea wrote:correct me if im wrong but isnt zee essentially rebadged SLX??? shorter rear cages but not a lot else different???


Very wrong!! The mech is a completely new model, and comes in 2 versions, one for dh and one for wide ratio cassettes. The shifter is quite different too and the brakes feature 4pot calipers. The cranks look like beefed up deore models, but it's definitely not a rebadged slx, shimano seem to have learnt from home that just doesn't work

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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby sofaboy73 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:37 pm

my understanding is that the Zee fropu is an entry level version of saint, ie downhill /gravity orientated. Kind of like SLX is to XT / XTR

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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby allthegearnoidea » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:41 pm

Okay, thanks for clearing that up, sure I read on here that they were essentially the same,
Did think at the time that's a little cheap, renaming one to sell as a entry level of another model!
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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby supersonic » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:46 pm

The quality of Zee is between Deore and SLX.

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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby widge34 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:00 pm

supersonic wrote:The quality of Zee is between Deore and SLX.


So you would say SLX is better?
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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby supersonic » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:33 pm

Depends on your usage. SLX is not better for DH based applications - but for most riding I'd take SLX.

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Re: Shimano Zee. Any good?

Postby mister p » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:58 pm

Zee rear mechs are basically SLX rear mechs but with a short cage on them. Zee chainsets are an old Deore level crank arm but with a beefed up axle. Zee brake lever bodies are the same as SLX but with different top caps and lever blades.


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