Shimano XT Cogset Cassette

3.99/5 (136 Reviews)


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Shimano XT Cogset


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carl Mare a Cross Country Rider from Nelspruit, South Africa

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2007

Strengths:    Smooth shifts, accurate. Strong enough for me.

Weaknesses:    A bit more pricey than corresponding SRAM-products.

Bottom Line:   
Works well with good shifting. Light. Less expensive than the XTR. Shifts just as well. Does not have the lifespan of the XTR. Good for cross country racing. Buy it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   SRAM PG950, PG970, PG980.

Bike Setup:   Raleigh Carbon hardtail, SRAM x9, Reba Race, Juicy 5, DT Swiss XR1540

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Stan a Cross Country Rider from Sandy, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2005

Strengths:    11 to 34 tooth cogs

Weaknesses:    Expensive, my set broke after 11 months, no warranty

Bottom Line:   
Rode for 11 months, with all the good reports on this product I ended up with a lemon. A portion of the 3rd largest cog broke off, during a ride. Not sure when, noticed the shifting was funny, just thought I needed a derailer adjustment. Got home, cleaned the bike and noticed the broken cog. I dont consider myself a hard rider on equipment, most likely broke on one of the uphill sections. Guess I will try and find one on ebay, they are fairly expensive, I liked the 11-34 tooth cassette and not sure of any better or less expensive alternatives.

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Favorite Trail:   Mid Mtn. Park City, Ut.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Deore 11-34, XT 11-32

Bike Setup:   Ventana X5 Spinergy wheels, XT shifters, XT Crank, XTR derailers, Chris King Head Set, Marz. Bomber and RP#

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Santillan a Weekend Warrior from philippines

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2005

Strengths:    weight, plating doen't easily chips off, four arm looks cool

Weaknesses:    none!!!!

Bottom Line:   
this cassette has been in service to me since oct of 2002... it has'nt failed me yet... i ride urban and trails... highly recommended... cheaper alternative to an xtr or an sram....

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Favorite Trail:   urban, single track

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   extreme bikeshop

Similar Products Used:   shimano lx cog set, sram 9.0

Bike Setup:   "01 santacruz bullit, marzocchi z150, raceface north shore DH XT all over...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason from Modesto, CA

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Mine last about 6 months before you can see substantial wear on the teeth. That's probably more my fault because I prefer to torque on the tougher gears instead of shifting to the "correct" gear. I'm more than happy with the way it performs. The weight is good. Look on eBay and you can find them for around $55-$65. I'm sticking with this cassette forever. Knocking one chili off for value because they are a little expensive.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Pippin from Dallas, Texas

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2004

Strengths:    Very lightweight, seems to last for me

Weaknesses:    none, really- may be designed for lighter riders?

Bottom Line:   
I bought this cassette to replace my LX almost two years ago, and I used it on several mountain biking trips, and now I use it for commute to school. So far, I haven't really noticed a lot of wear, and I've ridden on it quite a bit. Maybe it lasts longer because I weigh 150? I use it with a SRAM PC 99 chain, which seem to work well together. Other than me not cleaning it often enough, it's been great.

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Favorite Trail:   Robber's Cave State Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   alivio 7 speed, LX 9 speed

Bike Setup:   custom xc hardtail- drivetrain: LX crank, XT derailluers(9 speed), LX shifters, pc 99 chain

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan R a Cross Country Rider from Long Island, New York

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2004

Strengths:    Fairly Light; Compared to the LX Model
Decently Strong: Able to take a good beating while shifting
Durable: Have yet to bend a cog or round out the teeth
Shifts well: No bad skipping


Weaknesses:    a Little on the heavy side but that is compared to the XTR, Picks up trail garbage really easy but what cassette dosen't in the fall with all the leaves down. Shifts well but sometimes I think the stock one that came with my bike (LX) shifted slightly better than the XT version. Some skipping but nothing too bad.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good cassette I have experienced none of the things in some of the poor reviews for it. It is far durable than the XTR cassette that was on my buddies Fuel. The XTR is far lighter but much less durable than the XT. So I decided to use the XT version. Most of the pro riders use the XT version unless you do short track XC or World cup Racing. They can afford them when they strip them out but the common folks like us should use the XT for it's weight and durablity and price. Compared to the XTR version you could buy four of these for the price of one XTR!
As for the shifting it is good but sometimes I think my heavier LX did a better job of shifting than this one does. Sometimes my chain will skip under load but it only happens when I know I'm pushing way too bid of a gear up hill. As for the bottom line I belive the Shimano XT cassette is the better one on the market it is durable enough to survive out on the trail and it is light enough not to bog down the bike on that long climb. If your looking for a new cassette look to the XT for a good one if your a racer who only uses his bike to compete then look to the XTR for weight saving, but for durablity use the XT. The cogs teeth round out way too easy on the XTR and are known to bend very easy, some pro's have had this problem in the past. For a trail bike it's great and affordable expect to replace your cassette once a season if you ride religously like most mountain biker do and don't forget a new chain at least once to twice a season and you won't have any shifting problems PEACE!

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt ones :)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   Bike Junkie

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX and Sram X7

Bike Setup:   Specialized StumpJumper FSR XC Highly Modified!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kent a Cross Country Rider from hong kong

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2004

Strengths:    1. best value
2. lightweight
3. choice of different cogs
4. fast changing gears even under heavy pedal
5. looks cool and shiny


Weaknesses:    a little bit expensive

Bottom Line:   
I weight 149lbs, and ride agressive xc with light downhill on this cassette with 1300km.
using at 9speed 11-34 cog set

It shift lighting fast and accurate even under heavy pedaling together with XT HG-93 chain(2003),XT rear derailleur(2002), LX shifters(2002)

Half the price of XTR cassette, 20grams something heavier than XTR. Why pay for double price if you aren't racing or just for 20grams weight saving?

Highly recommend for all around use.





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Favorite Trail:   agressive xc

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   yuen long, lbs

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   01 NRS1, 02 SID-sl, xt disc 6", mavic F519 with DT onyx hub
mainly xt drivetrain

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JaKo a Weekend Warrior from Truro, NS, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2004

Strengths:    Fairly light and great range.

Weaknesses:    The cogs are very "sensitive" to the stuff we ride through -- twigs and sticks. Fortunately a scredriver and pliers would "fix" the bends ...

Bottom Line:   
XT used to be a good value (before the 760). The 34 to 11 has a "big step" on 6-7th, which is OK for a causual rider, but I would like to see a bigger step on 1-2nd.

One day perhaps, we'd see an internal shifting and driveshaft instead of the chain and deraileurs ...

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Favorite Trail:   the well known up and down variety

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Deore, LX, SRAM

Bike Setup:   MtB

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Marlborough, MA USA

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003

Strengths:    Now that I'm looking for another one, I can't find a better value. Half the price for twice as long.

Weaknesses:    OK, so I got a lemon. The 4th cog snapped w/ two pieces lying on the trail. Not sure yet if I can get the local shop to fix just that cog. Bummer because the cassette is near brand new. I'm in a new area of the country and its not worth sending it all back to the original bike shop.
I like the argument about 8sp vs. 9sp is a good one. 8 sp has bigger chain, bigger cogs, and who needs 27 speeds on a mountain bike? (Looks like I kinda got my wish for 8 spds) For that matter, the big up front 44 chain ring is just a bash guard anyway that eventually flats out all its teeth. So a 16 speed would be bulletproof.
Oops, back to the subject. The XT cassette shifts fine and have had no trouble w/ bent rings on my other bikes. The XTR cassette was even fine except for the big cog, but wore out quickly. Seems that if you can get through the break in, then these things will be reasonably reliable until they wear out.


Bottom Line:   
Looks like there is no better value out there. Even if money were no object, a Ti cassette w/ chronic bending and 20 miles to go is no use to anyone. For that matter, make it out of steel and market that it is a lot lighter than carrying 2 extra cassettes in your backpack. OK so 5 chili's for value and only 3 chili's until I find out I'm not going to break (bend is better than break) another cog w/ a new one.

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Favorite Trail:   Vietnam

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   XTR

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jekyll 3000SX Carbon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nitish Nag a Cross Country Rider from Fremont, CA

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2003

Strengths:    Durable, Cheap, Good looks, Great Shifts,

Weaknesses:    Not as light as XTR,

Bottom Line:   
This the best value in the cassette market. Nothign beats the durablity and performance of the XT cogset at the price that it is offered at. Get this if you prize value and performance.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   XTR, Deore, LX

Bike Setup:   2003 Santa Cruz Blur, 2003 XTR with discs, Progressive 5th Element Air Shock, Easton Carbon Cockpit, eggbeaters SS,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by adam a Cross Country Rider from kokomo, in, usa

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2003

Strengths:    performs well under regular riding conditions. changes gears when i need it to. looks good (when clean).

Weaknesses:    a tad expensive and shifts a little loud at high cadence. maybe that is normal, this is my first cassette purchased seperate from the bike.

Bottom Line:   
it seem expensive for a cassette, but i have heard (and read) it is very durable. i hope i get my money's worth after a few thousand miles when i have to replace it instead of a few hundred miles

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Bike Setup:   EPX Terrashark frame, mostly XT drivetrain, easton bar and stem and marzoochi MX Pro fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Seth a Weekend Warrior from Seattle

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2003

Strengths:    Good Wear. Smooth Shifting. Affordable. They have treated me well.

Weaknesses:    The interface between the cassette and the free hub has slightly worn (deformed) on the cassette. Causing annoying amount of wiggle room which results in some rattling while coasting (but this cassette is two years old, and I ride hard, so I can live with this one (I have broken two sets of cranks during the life of this cassette)). This is probably due to the large amount of torque that I generate (since I use platform pedals).

Bottom Line:   
I gave up my clipless pedals about 4 years ago for platforms (to accomodate the technical trails that were spouting up everywhere here on the NW Coast). I have noticed that this puts alot more strain on the drivetrain due to increased pedal pressure (read: no spinning). For this reason I have stuck with 8 speed components, because they are thicker and therefore stronger. I have been happy with the 8 sp XT cassettes. I am about to install my 4th one since 1996.

Change your chain periodically to reduce wear on your cassette. As the bushings (?) on the chain wear, the effective engagement length between the pins increases, causing the chain to "ride up" on the teeth of both the cassette and the chainrings. Through in some mud, dust and road grit, and the teeth are forced to wear down to accomodate the "longer" distance between pins. $20 for a new chain is a lot cheaper than spending $150 on a new drivetrain.

For heavier riders or those who ride with platform pedals, use 7 or 8 speed setups. They are much stronger.

LONG LIVE 8 SPEED!!!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS/Online

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT, lower grade IG and HG stuff (30 or 50 series)

Bike Setup:   Steel Hard Tail Custom Ride. Built Strong w/ Old School Parts like Syncros, Race Face Cranks, Titec Hellbent Ti-Riser Bars and XT Front Derailleur & Front Hub. New school XTR shifters, V-brakes, Rear Hub and Derailleur. Chris King Headset. Marzocchi Z-1.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by leo a Downhiller from hk

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2003

Strengths:    light,strong,and nice


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i think that this cass is really stong,i can use two different chain on this cass, but no any scratch,not many cass can do that.
but some guys told me that the sram 9.0 cass is much more strong than the xt,is't it?can anyone answer me?thx!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   lx

Bike Setup:   gts hardtail,z1 fr,521,mainly xt

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by axel a Cross Country Rider from yakima

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2003

Strengths:    great shifting, strong, stiff, lasts forever, looks good, stays clean on its own

Weaknesses:    no so far

Bottom Line:   
Buy one of these cassetes if you want a bike that shifts good and looks good. the sram pile of crap that i used to have wore out so fast i didnt even know that it came on my bike untill i took it off. i now have two of these cog sets one in a 32 tooth and a 34 tooth both work grean and i have had them both forever and they still work great. in a week or two i am going to try an XTR,but i am going to keep the XT around and if the expensive stuff doesnt work i am going back to reliable.

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Favorite Trail:   skyline

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   sagebrushcycles

Similar Products Used:   sram 7.0, shimano LX

Bike Setup:   kona roast, and a NRS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Greg a Racer from Germany

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2003

Strengths:    shifts very well.
Mine were quite durable.


Weaknesses:    too expensive

Bottom Line:   
Can't complain about the durability.
I changed my first XT cassette after 2800 miles
because I took my bike to Ireland and I wanted
it to work well for a while. The second cassette
has seen some 600 miles of boggy Irish trails in
spring, a whole race season and countless very muddy
winter rides (overall more than 3500 miles). Shifting
is not up to race standards any more now but the chain
still doesn't slip. Nice.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   LX


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Just picked up my new Specialized Epic last night. It comes with a HG-50 11-34 cogset that weights 400g+. I have a CS-750 11-32 (about 266g) that has around 2000 Km on my old MTB. Thinking of switching them to save weight and I don't really use the 34. Is 2000km on a cogset enough to cause shifti ... Read More »

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