Shimano XT Dyna-Sys cranks review

Smooth shifting cranks

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £210.00 RRP | USD $333.45
Shimano XT Dyna-Sys cranks

Our review

Not as stiff as Deore, and pricey too, but reliable, long lived and with great shifting performance
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We jig tested this crank four times to confirm the rather disappointing stiffness figures. We were surprised that Deore is stiffer than XT – it didn’t feel appreciably less stiff on the trail than the Race Face Evolve or FSA Afterburner.


It’s worth underlining that none of the cranks on test are flexy; they’re all stiff enough, only some are more so. What XT loses in stiffness to Deore is balanced by the 122g weight loss. However, boil that down to price and the £125 difference equates to a costly premium of £1 per gram saving in weight.

Performance-wise, Shimano XT is still right up there. Its cold-forged Hollowtech II cranks use a separate swaged-on alloy spider and hard anodised 24/32/42 Dyna-Sys rings to deliver shifting that’s almost on a par with XTR.


Although in performance terms there’s little to distinguish XT from SLX, XT is a reliable workhorse and remains a go-to sub-900g crank with near-as-dammit XTR level performance for less than half the price.

Product Specifications


Name Shimano XT Dyna-Sys
Brand Shimano

Weight (g) 866
Colour Black/Silver
Material Carbon Steel
Gearing 10Speed
Chainring Options Triple
BB Weight 96