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Shimano DEORE XT gets full make-over at 30th birthday

Shimano DEORE XT gets full make-over at 30th birthday

Billy Thackray Billy Thackray

Shimano Deore XT gets an overhaul which makes it an accessible sensible alternative to XTR, similar performance but lots cheaper.

Prices we have at the moment are:

XT Rear Mech: £69.99
XT Front Mech: £32.99
XT Chainset: £189.99
XT Shifters: £89.99 pair, £49.99 RH only
XT Cassette: £64.99
XT Chain: £34.99
XT Brakes: £109.99 each
XT Rotors: £44.99 each
XT Trail Pedals: £79.99


DEORE XT gets full make-over at 30th birthday

NUNSPEET, The Netherlands, 14. April 2011 – SHIMANO DEORE XT, the world’s first mountain biking component group is completely revamped for its 30th birthday. From the early days until today, “XT” has been the benchmark in mountain bike component technology, excelling in quality, innovation and performance combined with an extensive product range to suit a wide range of riding styles. The new group fits well in this tradition, once again boosting the value and relevance of the components. Two of the major options will be the addition of a double crank along with the popular triple and the choice of black or silver version.


The Dyna-Sys drive-train comes in two varieties: double and triple. The rider can choose the option that best suits his style, fitness or terrain. The ever popular and more versatile triple comes with a 42-32-24T chain ring combination with the proven composite enhanced middle ring for maximum shift smoothness and durability. Most notably, the 24T inner ring offers a significant improvement in efficiency compared with a 22T and still provides a very low gear for climbing when paired with a 36T rear sprocket. A trail oriented 2X10 crank debuts with a 38-26T chain ring set as well as a more XC oriented 40-28T combination.

The SHADOW rear derailleur continues to be improved and combined with the newest shifter design optimizes the overall system stability. Angled adjustment screws and clamp bolt make the new front derailleur more mechanic friendly and the option for direct mount creates greater options for frame designers. The drive-train is connected by the new 10-speed HG-X directional chain that ensures optimal shifting performance at the crankset and the HYPERGLIDE cassette sprockets. Cassette CS-M771-10 options: 11-36T, 11-34T, 11-32T.

Advanced light action shifting with the RAPIDFIRE PLUS shifter requires the same amount of force to shift between the two largest sprockets as it takes to shift in between the two smallest. The vivid index establishes intuitive shifting feedback without adding unnecessary shifting force to the system. Shimano’s Instant, Multi- and 2-Way Release technology are all integrated into the latest generation shifter as well as a mode converter that allows the left hand unit to be used with both double and triple cranks.

Ice Technologies disc brakes

The new XT SERVO-WAVE disc brakes provide huge leaps in braking, control and heat management. The new compact caliper with oversized 22mm ceramic pistons is combined with a lightweight lever for a brake that is lighter than the current version, yet provides more brake power.

DEORE XT Ice-Tech rotors (160, 180 and 203mm) have a three layer sandwich structure of an aluminum core embedded in stainless steel. The higher heat dissipation of the aluminum helps to reduce the surface temperature of the rotor by around 100 degrees Celsius. Optional Ice Tech brake pads with aluminum cooling fins can reduce the brake pad surface by another 50 degrees. The result is high stopping power and practically no signs of fading! Besides Center Lock rotor mount, also 6-bolt Ice-Tech rotors will be available.

Mechanics will appreciate the integration of the one-way bleeding system and riders will enjoy the option for Ispec shifter mount compatibility to shave a few grams and have a clean cock pit. The brake levers have been provided with a free stroke adjuster as well as a tool-less reach adjuster.

Wheels and pedals
DEORE XT offers dedicated wheel sets for trail and XC usage. The trail wheels have been developed with 21c tubeless anodized aluminum rims. The front wheel features Shimano’s 15mm E-thru system for improved rigidity. Rear wheel choice in between 12mm E-Thru or quick release version.
The XC wheels have been developed with 19c tubeless anodized aluminum rims. Front wheel choice in between quick release or 15mm E-Thru system. Rear wheel quick release version only.
All DEORE XT wheels have been developed with Shimano’s proven cup and cone bearings and Center Lock rotor mount. 24 stainless steel spokes in front and rear.
The new XT includes a lightweight XC pedal (PD-M780), featuring an increased surface contact area (5 times bigger vs. current XT pedal PD-M770) for incredible pedaling stability. An oval shaped, slimmer pedal axle housing sheds mud better than prior designs for the best possible performance in muddy conditions. Weight: 343 g/pair. PD-M785 is the new XT pedal with an integrated cage for even more stability, aimed at trail usage. It also has an increased surface contact area of 8.5 times over the PD-M770. Weight: 408 g/pair.

New DEORE XT offers once again a wide range of innovative products, based on the principles of quality and performance. With this new group, Shimano is confident to add another successful chapter to the XT history.

Availability in the market: July 2011

Shimano presents new DEORE XT Trekking components

NUNSPEET, The Netherlands, 14. April 2011 – Shimano offers a completely new DEORE XT group, including a wide range of dedicated Trekking components. These 10-speed components excel in quality, performance and design. Besides the Trekking-specific drive-train, the XT offers disc brakes and V-Brakes, sports hub dynamos and a completely new pedal model developed for this important target group. The products will be available in black and in silver.

The HOLLOWTECH II crankset will be available in two models: FC-T781 (48-36-26T and 44-32-24T: chain case compatible) and FC-T780 (48-36-26T: not chain case compatible). Both models feature an integrated chain guard.
The XT rear derailleurs for trekking usage have been developed with a double servo-construction that improves adjustability and resists weather and contamination. The derailleur always keeps close to the cassette sprockets, allowing smooth and effortless gear changing. DEORE XT cassette options 11-32T and 11-34T can be used in combination with the new HG-X directional 10-speed chain CN-HG94.

DEORE XT offers V-Brakes as well as SERVO WAVE disc brakes with ergonomic 3-finger levers especially for trekking usage. Choice in between metal and resin pads. Ice Technologies rotors in 160mm and 180mm with a three layer sandwich structure of an aluminum core embedded in stainless steel. The higher heat dissipation of the aluminum helps to reduce the surface temperature of the rotor which prevents fading. Besides Center Lock, also 6 bolt Ice-Tech rotors in 160 and 180mm are available.

The new component group includes two new 6V-3.0W hub dynamos. DH-T785 is a disc brake version with Center Lock rotor mount and DH-T780 a V-Brake version. Both hub dynamos feature a lightweight design (483g) by using an aluminum coil and axle.

Last but not least, Shimano introduces a new XT pedal PD-T780 dedicated to trekking usage. This model features an SPD binding on one side and a flat platform on the other side. This pedal has been developed with an integrated reflector. Weight: 392 g/pair.

Availability in the market: August 2011

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  1. TC

    the chainset looks rubish! SLX looks ten times better … and we all know it is all about aesthetics.

  2. GDH

    Looks cheap and nasty in my opinion. Hope the new SLX isnt going to go down this same route.

  3. Morris Dancer

    That is one ugly chainset..

  4. treehuggergraeme

    Does anyone else get the feeling they are running out of ideas, OK the brakes look good and the chainset is probably very dependable (if a little boring to look at)… the rest just looks like repackaging

  5. Tim

    Have to agree with above. It’s not really, “awww, that’s awesome I want one”. The Shiny metal calipers like the XTR ones look good though. The black stuff looks more LX than XT.

  6. willysnow

    bloody hell its not cheap

  7. Ric

    just looks like a more expensive slx to me :/

  8. The Bear

    still expensive. at least the old and now “inferior” XT chain set will come down in price! and for that shimano i applaud your face lifted obsession / marketing ploy.
    lets hope they have sort out the problem with the free hub on there factory wheels. was at the verge of buying the current wheel set for an xc bike when i read the problems with them from numerous user reviews. not sure the fins on the brakes wont clog up with mud either. cheaper than XTR but still pricy!

  9. Philipp

    FINALLY it’s about time to make them XT Cranks black…

  10. Steve

    Mechanics will love the new brakes?.. As SOON as i saw that they got rid of the rear bleed nipple.. i was nearly sick… DONT MAKE THEM LIKE AVIDS!!.. Gahhh WHY change what isn’t broken?… No easy air removal anymore.

  11. maverickdh05

    SLX does look better, why do they still have indicators on they re shifters at XT level, I know they’re removable but common if people look and shift still surely at they are still noob level and should be low end set suff anyways!

  12. ed@dirt

    steve…they have got a bleed nipple, it’s just hidden on the other side in that big pic. look on the smaller ones and you can just see it. They are actually even easier to bleed than the old ones cos the new fluid routeing means that there’s now nowhere for any bubbles to get trapped.

  13. stubbo66

    I was just on the virge of building a new bike and was going to use an XT groupset (~£500 at the moment if you shop around). This lot now comes in at £773 MSRP, but should hopefully get around £550 with those online stores selling the entire groupset as a bundle.

    Just means I have to wait a few months now, not a bad thing, gives me more time to think about the rest of the bike.

    For me, looks are secondary to performance. On that we have to wait a while longer until we get some proper hands on reviews in I guess.

  14. Daniel

    Where is the short cage rear derailleur? Why won’t shimano make one?

  15. Benny

    Im with GDH – looks like this xt range is missing a chromosome. And wtf is with that new calliper design? – its now a two-piece unit rather than one, that is a serious downgrade in quality. I have Xt on all three of my bikes, I cant afford xtr so looks like sram. Well done Shimano design team!

  16. mig

    hi, I have 1991 trex 8000 and shamano Deore xt front shifter, I dicieded to take it apart last year to clean it and know I don’t remember where some parts go. Is there there a website that has diagram or somethig to help me put this thing together. Any help would be appreciated Thaks.


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