Shimano LX Rear Derailler Derailleur

3.84/5 (173 Reviews)
MSRP : $30.00


Product Description

Shimano LX Rear Derailler


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mecheng77 a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2011

Strengths:    I've been using it for 10yrs as original equipment for my 6500 Trek, and hasn't skipped a beat or should I say gear.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
10 years of hard use and still working great. Made in Japan, not sure if they still are but I'm sure that is why it works so well. I clean it thoroughly once a year and apply a light coat of oil.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   Trek 6500 - SPD Pedals, Panaracer Tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sakitumi a Cross Country Rider from Bucharest, Romania

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2011

Strengths:    Shifts very well, sturdy

Weaknesses:    None 'till now

Bottom Line:   
Cheap, reliable and if well kept (no mud after rides and oiled from time to time) it will do its job at least 12 months.

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Favorite Trail:   Cross Country

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Triton

Similar Products Used:   Alivio

Bike Setup:   Magellan Crater, Fox Fork, Alivio front derailleur, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DIRTY DUCK a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, florida

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2011

Strengths:    Cheap
Dependable
Shifters well


Weaknesses:    None for a product in this price range

Bottom Line:   
My old Fuji Sunfire had the "POS" Tourney 7 speed rear derailleur on it. Wanted to upgrade but not spend a lot for this old bike. The LX rear derailleur is, IMO ,the best rear deraileur for the price. It works great for cruising paved trails and LIGHT off road trails. It doesn't shift as well as a Sram X-7 (on a different bike) but then again it didn't cost $65 dollars either. If ya'll are looking to upgrade a low end bike but not spend alot, buy the LX.

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Favorite Trail:   ????

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Tourney (came on bike)

Bike Setup:   Old Fuji Sunfire (use it for paved trails and LIGHT off road trails
Also have 3 other bikes I use for for XC, AM and road

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kstrom88 a Weekend Warrior from Grand Forks, ND

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap. you can make your n00b friends believe it's cool i guess

Weaknesses:    finicky to tune. needs constant tuning. slow shifts, ghost shifts. loose. chain slap.

Bottom Line:   
it's like a cheap hooker, gets the job done, you don't develop feelings for it, doesn't last, forgettable, you can rationalize the cost. although, in ways, it's like a needy girlfriend, it needs constant attention which makes it worth getting a sram x.9 because honestly, how much is your time worth? if you need to tune the lx every week, you can warrant the extra cost of the x.9

(every crash you WILL have to re-tune it. even if you only let your bike go on a high speed wheelie) :D

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Favorite Trail:   Any trail not near GF

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   other shimano derailleurs

Bike Setup:   dart 2 forks, deor lx, truvative 5d 3pc, tektro IO disks, wtb tires wheels and seat

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dante666 a Cross Country Rider from Victoria

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2009

Strengths:    Looks okay, decent quality components, shifts well if properly tuned and not stressed

Weaknesses:    Needs tuning every week, Shifts abominably if stressed, not designed for high performance, Cable loop gets hooked on just about evrything

Bottom Line:   
These gears came standard on the bike and as has been frequently mentioned are fine for the average weekend warrior or commuter. They immediately fail if put to the test in any form of competition. it is hard to justify using them even on price when you can have essentially the best drivetrain around in the form of the Sram X.9 for not a whole lot. planning to replace the gears as soon as possible to the frankly much better product of the X.9 or XT.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Beauty

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Artavillas

Similar Products Used:   Sram x.4 to x.9, Shimano Alivio,

Bike Setup:   Apollo Ascent 08 model

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dane a Weekend Warrior from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2009

Strengths:    Hasn't broken

Weaknesses:    Shifting is just as poor as I remembered from the last LX I had with a previous bike (before switching to XO/X9)

Bottom Line:   
Shouldn't shifters/derailleurs shift reliably and predictably? SRAM components do, LX's, in my experience at least, dont.

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Favorite Trail:   Flat Rock Ranch

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   SRAM X9 Shifters W/ XO der. X7 8-speed

Bike Setup:   Jamis XAM 1.0

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by lampy29 a Racer from NY

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009

Strengths:    Great until you really need it

Weaknesses:    In high torque situations when you need your derailleur the most the LX fails by either not shifting quickly enough or ghost shifting.

Bottom Line:   
This rear derailleur is fine for easy casual rides and for most weekend warriors, but crank up the intensity and the LX fails to perform. On steep climbs it rarely can move the chain at an acceptable pace. On demoing a bike (Cannondale Scalpel) using the SRAM components I was amazed at how SRAM outperformed the LX. There are better derailleurs out there for hardcore riding, but this derailleur will work fine for the casual cyclist.

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Favorite Trail:   Letchworth State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   LBS - Towpath

Similar Products Used:   Deore SRAM X.9

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Tassajara, Shimano M520 clipless pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrailX316 a Cross Country Rider from Kanata Canada

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome derailleur, my friend went on a trip and he lent me his bike, I took it for a few rides and wow! Incredible!

Can't beat this price for this rd

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gkmeador a Weekend Warrior from nashville

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2008

Strengths:    +Reliable
+Cheap


Weaknesses:    -Derailleur bounces into frame causing damage
-Cable routing results in a big loop that easily snags branches and twigs


Bottom Line:   
This derailleur came with my bike. I thought that it did its job fairly well, it shifted 9.5/10 times i pulled the trigger on my deore shifters. But there are design flaws. This derailleur bounces into your chainstay and will chip the paint of your frame, and score the aluminum/alloy if you do not do something about it in time. The cable routing is not direct, and leaves a large loop out the back of the derailleur that will snag twigs and branches.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by David Neal a Weekend Warrior from Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to install

Weaknesses:    Weak spring makes the unit flop all over the place when riding. The chain is not tight enough because of the weak spring. My chain bounces all over...even hitting my tire. Ghost shifting due to chain slop. A piece of junk... My bike is unrideable & I've only had this one on for less than 2 months. I should never have used this instead of my traditional SRAM set-up. Now I remember why I went to SRAM in the 1st place.

Bottom Line:   
Do not purchase this unit. Go with a SRAM product or use a different rear set-up from Shimano.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim: Moab

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   SRAM products

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Gemini

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by phils trailehead mtb a Weekend Warrior from Bend, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2008

Strengths:    Fast, Strong

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Fast, Strong, Easy to shift

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Favorite Trail:   Kent's Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   Costco

Similar Products Used:   another shimano derallier

Bike Setup:   don't know

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe a Weekend Warrior from ireland

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2008

Strengths:    price was okey...

Weaknesses:    spring tension-too loose,,,didnt have crisp shifting

Bottom Line:   
it is a cheap derailleur which is fine for normal use....but for racing or heavy use a higher model would be better...price is good though,,

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   xt,,deore,,,older xt


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

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2008

Strengths:    LX shifts good, can take a beating, easy to work on and generally dependable.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a great derailler, I ride just about every day, every thing from road rides to 10-15ft drops. I've had this bike for two years and probably put between 3000-5000 miles on this same derailler. The jockey wheels are starting to show a little wear. I'm 15 and don't have a job so I cant exactly afford SRAM XO but this is a great derailler and I would recommend it to any rider at just about any skill level.

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Favorite Trail:   cannonsberg state and game

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $34.00

Purchased At:   Freewheeler bike shop

Similar Products Used:   deore, SRAM X9

Bike Setup:   Haro Zero-Eight frame, truvativ howitzer crank/bottom bracket ,avid BB7 brakes and shimano LX derailler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Louis Wilner a Weekend Warrior from Shawnee KS USA

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2007

Strengths:    fast accurate shifts

Weaknesses:    reverse to previous

Bottom Line:   
The rear tourney finally went out after 4months(the chain ripped through the cage and bent the heck out of it)
Instead of replacing it I went to the LX. It was an awesome choice!!! It shifts super-fast and accurate. It was 10x better than the stock stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Overland Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Trek store

Similar Products Used:   tourney

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Mako LX rear, straps, specialized nimbus tires, medium bar ends.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nicholas a Cross Country Rider from Louisville, KY, US

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

Strengths:    It's uniform in color?

Weaknesses:    Kind of heavy. Ghost shifting, delayed shifts, hard shifts, skipping. Really, really noisy.

Bottom Line:   
I had a 2006 Shimano Deore LX on my bike that lasted for about six months of hard riding and only needed to be adjusted once. It finally died, blowing apart and launching itself into the spokes (and bending several). I replaced it with a brand new Shimano Deore LX and I am really, really disappointed. I wouldn't say that it's total junk, but it comes close. Sorely disappointed in my purchase. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Sport

Bike Setup:   2006 GF Piranha (mostly stock).

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