Shimano Deore XT transmission review

Sturdy and reliable performer

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £270.00 RRP
Shimano Deore XT transmission

Our review

A classic workhorse groupset that’s both sturdy and reliable. Do you really need much more than this?
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Deore XT was the first Shimano groupset to get the new Shadow rear mech design, which does away with the top spring for reduced clatter, has a narrower profile to avoid crash damage and incorporates direct cable routing so there are no big loops of cable to deal with.

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Ball bearing internals and instant cable release make XT shifters fast-acting, smooth and reliable. We’re big fans of Shimano’s two-way release design, which allows the release lever to be flicked backwards with a finger or pushed upwards by a thumb.

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If you’re standing up to climb, the finger option works well. But if you’re hanging off the back going downhill, then being able to use your thumb instead is a boon. The shifters also have neat gear displays that can be easily removed if you don’t want them – take them off and you’ll find a replacement cover for the top of the shifter tucked inside.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Deore XT transmission (10)
Brand Shimano

Description Prices: Rear mech £65, front mech £35, shifters £80, cassette £60, chain £30 Weights: System weight 1203g, rear mech 228g, front mech 152g, shifters 255g, cassette 264g, chain 304g Options: Rear mech: medium or long cage, Shadow or conventional, top or low normal; front mech: top or bottom swing, seat tube or direct mount; shifters: trigger or Dual Control; cassette: 11-32, 11-34
Weight (g) 1203