XT gives a much improved performance over LX without costing much more. Combining the two-way release mechanism with faster reacting internals and a metal push lever running on ball bearings, the shift is crisper and quicker.
The featherlight feel isn’t as positive as SRAM so may not suit everyone, but the multiple shifts and adjustable sliding mount increase appeal.
It meshes really well with every brake we tried, and the gear indicator window is removable if you feel patronised or need to drop a few grams. It still needs clean cables to stop that mushy feeling, and it’s not quite as crisp as XTR, but at £55 it’s unmatched.