a Weekend Warrior
from Vic, BC
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011
Strengths: It doesn't seem to bend like the crappy XT 9sp. That's a really heavy plus. Can't tell you how many XT cass' I've been through in the last 4 years.
I believe this is only a couple of grams heavier than the XT but it kicks the snot out of it in terms of reliability and hopefully durability.
If I am to be objective I would say since my bike was freshly put together new in Sept, I have been heavily on top on chains, cogs, cleaning etc. The best thing to do though, I believe, is to ensure your chain shifts smoothly before you go out or just after you cleaned in (after being out). Otherwise it could mess things up under load and may bend your cassette or break your chain