Shimano XTR (M970 series) front mech review

The latest XTR is the lightest around and there are loads of variants to choose from

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3
£39.99 RRP
Shimano XTR (M970 series) front mech

Our review

Ultra-fast, ultra-light and adaptable front changer in a class of its own
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The latest XTR is the lightest around and there are loads of variants to choose from.

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Shimano has followed SRAM’s move by using a broader linkage. More positive, faster shifts and careful cage sculpting give the most effortless feel of any front mech. The lightweight alloy cages are nickel-plated for longevity, too.

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Dual cam head means it’ll run with top or bottom cable systems, and the angled adjuster screws can be got at through most suspension setups. Top swing rollover mechs are lighter and more compact for £54.99, while £59.99 E-type mechs are available for mountless bikes, too, so pretty much anyone can benefit from XTR.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XTR M970 Front Mech
Brand Shimano

Weight (g) 129
Available Colours Black/Silver
Material Alloy Nickel Plated
Derailleur Pull Dual Pull