Shimano LX front Derailleur

3.04/5 (125 Reviews)
MSRP : $25.00


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Shimano LX front


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SkinsFan a Weekend Warrior from California

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2010

Strengths:    good price, good value shifts no chain rubbing

Weaknesses:    the shifting is not too great, you have to force it to shift by hitting the shifter hard and good

Bottom Line:   
the shifting is much better than the alivio. the alivio would rub no matter what gear it would be in, no matter what the lbs would do so we finally got the shimano lx front deraileur and it works without rubbing.

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   action sports

Similar Products Used:   alivio front derailleur

Bike Setup:   custom motobecane 600ht

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nightbike.. a Weekend Warrior from Cassovia, Slovakia

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    Great piece. Pushing hard on pedals and shifting meanwhile makes no problem at all. It catches right away.. and you fly..

Weaknesses:    non really so far

Bottom Line:   
They work better than Alivio for sure. It has some bugs like the chain is scratching in 1st, 2nd and 26th, 27th gear but I do not consider that as a weakness.

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Favorite Trail:   all around

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Alivio

Bike Setup:   Apache Blackhawk
XT rear, LX front, LX shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nightbike.. a Weekend Warrior from Cassovia, Slovakia

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    Great piece. Pushing hard on pedals and shifting meanwhile makes no problem at all. It catches right away.. and you fly..

Weaknesses:    non really so far

Bottom Line:   
They work better than Alivio for sure. It has some bugs like the chain is scratching in 1st, 2nd and 26th, 27th gear but I do not consider that as a weakness.

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Favorite Trail:   all around

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Alivio

Bike Setup:   Apache Blackhawk
XT rear, LX front, LX shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nightbike.. a Weekend Warrior from Cassovia, Slovakia

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    Great piece. Pushing hard on pedals and shifting meanwhile makes no problem at all. It catches right away.. and you fly..

Weaknesses:    non really so far

Bottom Line:   
They work better than Alivio for sure. It has some bugs like the chain is scratching in 1st, 2nd and 26th, 27th gear but I do not consider that as a weakness.

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Favorite Trail:   all around

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Alivio

Bike Setup:   Apache Blackhawk
XT rear, LX front, LX shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Smith a Weekend Warrior from Manchester, Manchester, UK

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2008

Strengths:    Sorry...but it works. I even had a play with this thing...it went out of tune which is fair enough as it had done a fair few miles and was covered in crap...so I played. After screwing it up good style...I RTFM..Read The F**kin' Manual...and set it up nicely. Now as goood as it ever was.

Weaknesses:    None really...it changes gear within 1/2 crank turn regardless of up or down, power on or power off.

Bottom Line:   
People...it works. The lightest...nope. The coolest...nope. Cheap, light enough, robust enough, frame matchingly coloured enough...you bet my arse!!!

Go on...buy one.

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Favorite Trail:   Loop de loops

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Various, XT, XTR

Bike Setup:   Basically a stock Genius MC30

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by simon from newbury uk

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2007

Strengths:    Works well, long life. Not found any reason to change it yet, the action is still precise with no wear after 3 years and about 4000 miles use/abuse.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Used for 3 years now, still as good as new. Shifts well, even when clogged with mud.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore

Bike Setup:   2005 Giant NRS3, XT cranks and rear mech, Deore shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JP Taberdo a Cross Country Rider from Brisbane

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2007

Strengths:    Works well when adjusted right. Reasonably priced.

Weaknesses:    Non so far!

Bottom Line:   
Has worked well on two bikes so far. Both times I upgraded from the last piece of crap. Shifts fast and crisp on raceface prodigy and avid firex cranks. seems to shift better with SRAM shifters - picks up the chain faster, and with less thumb action. i'm not sure if that's just the shifter though..

anyway, i recommend LX fronts.

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Favorite Trail:   Majura Pines

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Gap Cycles and Glow

Similar Products Used:   SRAM XGen, Shim Alivio, Suntour crap

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS (deore/raceface prodigy), Mongoose Meteore Comp (X.7/firex)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2007

Strengths:    - Upgrade from Alivio.
- Great performance for the price I paid.


Weaknesses:    - None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I didn't see any reason to buy the XT for the front since it would be used less often than the rear, and to me, I could use the money I saved buying the LX on something else.

Didn't take me long to set up - So far it seems to work good. Still some minor tweaking to get it setup just right, but that won't take me long.

I am curious to see if I will see some of the same results others have posted - but until then, I am very satisfied with this product.

I was told too that the only real difference between the XT and LX front derailleurs was the weight - XT being lighter.

Recommend the LX nonetheless.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio.

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500 Shimano LX front, XT Rear.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by cory a Weekend Warrior from cleveland, ohio

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2007

Strengths:    worked well for about 2 years and thousands of miles. didnt notice any problems

Weaknesses:    eventually it stopped shifting. after tinkering i could get it to shift up from the middle to the big ring but never back down. not sure if the spring had weakened or the metal that pushes the chain had. i tried cleaning and greasing but it still wouldnt work.

Bottom Line:   
i got a lot of miles out of it before i noticed any problems. however, i rarely do hardcore singletrack, instead i ride on gravel and limestone bike pathes so i didnt strain the fdr too much. im kinda upset that it suddenly stopped working.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   stock 2005 stumpjumper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2007

Strengths:    Durability, weight, colour, clean & crisp shifting.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I currently have 2 of these Shimano front derailleurs (one on each) of my 2 bikes. See "Bike Setup" for info. I have 10,000kms+ on my 1996 GT Ricochet & 9,000kms+ on my 2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk. They look good, work well, with clean and crisp shifting.
Bottom Line: These are great derailleurs, if you buy them as an upgrade or come stock on your bike you should have years of trouble free service from them.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cambria (2001)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio (bottom pull).

Bike Setup:   2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk (top pull) & 1996 GT Ricochet (bottom pull).

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dirtdober a Cross Country Rider from thomaston,texas

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2006

Strengths:    tough, cheap

Weaknesses:    poor upshifting

Bottom Line:   
I have tried to adjust this thing and never could get it right. It will downshift ok but you always have to give it an extra push when going up. I finally gave up trying to adjust it and just accepted defeat. On the positve side, it hasn't got any worse with age and I've come to live with it.

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Favorite Trail:   rocky hill, bluff creek, kelly creek, hill country sna......

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   discovery cycles in austin

Similar Products Used:   alivio, old school sram

Bike Setup:   gary fisher sugar LX front and XT back with LX shifters

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by evil geeke a Cross Country Rider from calgary

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

Strengths:    hard to think of any

Weaknesses:    rubs the chain in 1st and 2nd gear *and* in 26th and 27th gear, no matter how it's adjusted. sloppy, imprecise shifts that sometimes jam up the chain or drop it off the rings.

Bottom Line:   
My bike came with the LX front derailleur and it was the single crappiest component on the whole bike. The first generation SIS deore performed better than this. In order to ride without rubbing the chain, I found myself adjusting the cable tension behind the shifter as I rode (tighter when i needed to be in big gears and looser when i needed the small gears). How silly is that?

btw, I don't fault the LX shifters at all, as they work flawlessly with my XT rear derailleur.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   deore

Bike Setup:   2001 klein attitude comp, lx shifters, bontrager race cranks, xtr rear derailleur.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by garret a Cross Country Rider from tres rivers, ma, usa

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2006

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    poor shifting period.

Bottom Line:   
i will be replacing this very very soon. not that it's common to change gears up front on climbs, but if you do.. forget about it.. i've come to the top of a peak, only to start a decent, and try to get out of the granny ring.. no shift.. so i end up taking my eyes off the trail to see what's going on down there.. and i'm jamming the rapid fires.. finally.. boooo i'm sorry but if you can't shift when going down a hill, you're out, i could handle rough.. or no shifts climbing, but when i'm decending and i want to get to the big ring, and fast, this is not the derailer for me.. or anyone unless you do easy fire roads, with not much change in contour. either going to x-gen, xt.. xtr.. reco's are welcomed.

bottom line, don't spend your money on this.. if it comes stock on your bike upgrade.. seriously how much is the difference? 5-10.. 30$ at most? front derailers are cheap, so get the best.. and lx is not even close.

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Favorite Trail:   sterage rock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   COMPETITIVE EDGE ELM. THEY ROCK!!

Similar Products Used:   deore...just as good maybe even better

Bike Setup:   06' stumpy expert stock; stans upgrade

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by johnnyb a Cross Country Rider from Fairfax, Cali

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2006

Strengths:    Cheaper than other derailleurs. Simple operation and adjustments. Shifts well under load when new.

Weaknesses:    Wears out before you wear the bike out. I get about 10,000 miles of riding before the shifting cage pins get too loose and sloppy.

Bottom Line:   
Works as well as other Shimanoes when new. The construction of the shifting cage is flimsy and loosens up after a while and can make clean shifting impossible. What you pay for is the inexpensiveness with this product. Its cheap.

I have owned several models of the derailleur over the years usually comes with the bike. I'm indifferent with the LX because its cheap. I had an XT der. on a Stumpjumper several years ago that still works today on another bike, though its cage has become loose too, it still shifts fine.

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Everywhere

Similar Products Used:   XT, 105, ultegra and SRAM

Bike Setup:   Rumble w/Fox RLC, all LX, avid mechs. Rainier w/bomber, LX, avids. Bianchi roadie

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Moey Bain a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2006

Strengths:    good shifter

Weaknesses:    none that i have found

Bottom Line:   
this is a good cross country deraileur or for just doin whatever.

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Favorite Trail:   hammerfest trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   shimano xt

Bike Setup:   judy tt air front suspension, s-ram attack gear shifters, xt front deraileur lx back, avid brake levers.

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