Shimano XTR transmission review

Super-smooth shifting

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £535.00 RRP
Shimano XTR transmission

Our review

It's getting long in the tooth (or teeth), but Shimano’s XTR is still right up there for performance
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The XTR is Shimano’s top MTB groupset. Although it’s been around since 2007 and will be refreshed for 2011, it’s still an impressively slick set-up.


In traditional Shimano fashion, the XTR mostly eschews carbon fibre – other than the cage of the low-profile, direct cable routing Shadow rear mech, the shifters and mechs are mostly made of aluminium.

Still, with four titanium sprockets and a stack of alloy spiders, the cassette is second only to SRAM’s XX in the lightweight stakes.

The XTR’s shifters also pack all of Shimano’s shift innovations. You can flick the release levers with either a fingertip from the front or a thumb from behind.


Combined with in-out adjustability and clamps that can go either side of the brake levers, the XTR has plenty of ergonomic options. You can also shift several gears at once in both directions; it’s never less than lightning fast and super smooth.

Product Specifications


Name XTR transmission (10)
Brand Shimano

Features Prices: Rear mech £140, front mech £80, trigger shifters £140, Dual Control shifters £200, cassette £140, chain £35 Weights: System weight 1054g, rear mech 182g, front mech 129g, trigger shifters 215g, Dual Control (DC) shifters 420g, cassette 224g, chain 304g Options: Rear mech: Shadow or normal, low or top normal, medium or long cage; front mech: top or bottom swing; shifters: trigger or DC; cassette: 11-32, 11-34, 12-34 Contact: