Shimano 1999 XT Component Group Component Group

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $500.00


Product Description

Shimano XT 1999


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brandon a Racer from Gravenhurst, ON

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2000

Strengths:    XT mystique, Shimano Name

Weaknesses:    Strength and durability, shifting force

Bottom Line:   
Used to love it when new and set up. But put in a few races this year and within past month have worn out two front derailleurs, one rear, and a cassette, and that's only about 2 rides + 4 races going through two chains as a precaution and weekly maintenance(and I'm not a big or abusive rider). I've also always hated the shifters. I like rapidfire but the higher end has too light a action, not enough shifting force at the lever. I was happier overall with the STX but shifting couldn't be dialed in nicely as new XT. Next year - full sram 9.0 with their new triggers and cassette. But then again you could all ignore me cause us Canadians dislike Shtickmano

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Favorite Trail:   secret

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   alivio/stx, lx/xt, xtr, sram 9.0

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Stratos, 98 SID, raceface crank, full xt drivetrain, sram 9.0 brakes/levers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Devon Vig a Cross Country Rider from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2000

Strengths:    -cheap
-strong
-shifts pretty good
-mostly black


Weaknesses:    -rear derailleur makes me mad



Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent group for the amount of money I paid. (750.00 Canadian for entire kit, everything but fork and frame at Airbomb Canada). It shifts well in most conditions and is a lot stronger than XTR (cheaper too). The only problem I have is with the rear derailleur which isn't as fast as I'd like it to be.

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Favorite Trail:   yup

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio, Acera(terrible), LX

Bike Setup:   Schwinn S-10 F/S
Full XT
Rhino Lite Rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dustin a Cross Country Rider from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2000

Strengths:    the xt rear derailler shifts with authority. shifters nice with big thumb lever. brakes strong and smooth. cant even feel it shift!

Weaknesses:    SQUEAKY front brake, they still work thought. stay away from short cage rear derailler, it limits some of the 9 gears

Bottom Line:   
the most bang for your buck, no need to spend twice the price for xtr. Solid and strong

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Favorite Trail:   Dalewood, a little trail in my town

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   LX, STX-RC, ALIVIO

Bike Setup:   1999 trek vrx-200, jet xc, full XT group

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tsunami a wanna be a Racer from NorCal

Date Reviewed: December 19, 1999

Strengths:    
9 speed! I can just about camp out in the middle chainring
Price! $500 less than XTR build kit (cranks w/ rings, deraillers, hubs, chain, shifters/brake levers, brakes, bottom bracket, cassette) for comparable performance, and only weighs a little more
Shimano Reliablity! any other deraillers or drivetrain component that shift as nice or as reliable?
Looks cool!


Weaknesses:    
Reliabilty. 9 speed is reliable so far but know that going to smaller chainrings and chain can only mean trouble (experience from motorcycles)
Does not work as nice as 8 speed when dirty
Looks kinda plain. XTR w/ King set-up looks way prettier


Bottom Line:   
Why would you need anything else? I cannot see going XTR unless if your sponsored and your parts are paid for. The little grams that you do save by going to XTR does not justify cost. I like the 9 speed set-up but really did not see anything wrong w/ 8 speed. 8 speed is more durable and reliable. So far I reluctantly have to give a 5 because the system has been flawless, but i'm gonna try to use this for the next to years and do another post then.

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Favorite Trail:   
Ho Chi Minh Trail

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Owned: Suntour XC Expert/Pro, 8 Speed LX/XT
Tried: 8 Speed LX, XT, XTR
9 Speed XT, XTR


Bike Setup:   
Santa Cruz Superlight w/ Z2 Xfly
XT build kit, Mavic 517's

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Frank a Cross-Country Rider from Laguna Beach

Date Reviewed: November 9, 1999

Strengths:    
Predictable, reliable, great gear range. Like the 11. The extreme low gear is unnecessary but extends the range of the middle ring nicely. Great value.


Weaknesses:    
Its not XTR. Squealy front brakes even with several adjustments and sets of pads.


Bottom Line:   
If you can't afford XTR this is the ticket. Good for the extra bike you don't ride as much or if you need money for food or stuff like that.

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Favorite Trail:   
SB Mtns Angelus Oaks

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
full XTR on other bike


Bike Setup:   
Specialized Stumpjumper XC Pro - with XTR rear derailler

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by BC a Cross-Country Rider from WHS, NJ

Date Reviewed: August 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Great value, reliable, strong - set-up and forget - Shimano magic


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
Big improvement over 98 XT. New brakes and rear derralieur are much stronger, 9 speed gives great range.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
1998 XT, LX, STX


Bike Setup:   
1999 Obed, SID

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by A.S. a Downhiller from NY

Date Reviewed: July 2, 1999

Strengths:    
wide gearing range, rather durable, clean shifts


Weaknesses:    
rough terrain can cause ghost shifts


Bottom Line:   
I like the 9 speed group, i have the 11-34 cassette, it gives a huge gearing range. It shifts fast and clean, and the only problem i have is when it is real bumpy, the chain tends to skip around. Keep things tight!

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Favorite Trail:   
song

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Alivio/STX


Bike Setup:   
GT STS

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