Shimano SLX transmission review

Bargain derailleurs and shifters

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £215.00 RRP
Shimano SLX transmission

Our review

Most of XT’s features and lightweight virtues at a more wallet-friendly price – a bargain
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SLX replaced both Deore LX and Hone in the middle of Shimano’s hierarchy for 2010, meaning that it’s covering mid-range trail, all-mountain and even light freeride duties.

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That’s a big ask, but SLX is cropping up on a lot of bikes this year, and it’s easy to see why. It almost matches Deore XT for features and performance, and gives away little in weight, but is considerably cheaper.

A perfect example of SLX’s ‘middle way’ is the cassette. To save a bit of weight without incurring too much extra cost, the cassette is semi-spidered – the three largest sprockets are carried on an aluminium spider like a high-end cassette, while the remaining sprockets mount directly as with cheaper models.

If you’re running a twin-and-bashring setup with a 36-tooth big ring, SLX’s double-specific front mech, with its smaller radius cage, is well worth a look. The shifters are the same shape as XT (and have the same removable gear displays) just with more plastic and weighing slightly more.

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Sadly, they lack XT’s instant cable release and internal bearings, which means shifts aren’t quite as snappy but they’re still characteristically smooth. The difference is slight, though, with the low-profile Shadow rear mech shifting smoothly.

Product Specifications

Product

Name SLX Transmission (10)
Brand Shimano

Description Prices: Rear mech £50, front mech £30, shifters £60, cassette £50, chain £25 Weights: System weight 1,278g, rear mech 259g, front mech 155g, shifters 278g, cassette 282g, chain 304g Options: Rear mech: long or short cage; front mech: top or bottom swing; cassette: 11-28, 11-32, 11-34