Shimano XT Shadow Derailleur Derailleur

3.7/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 240 grams MSRP : $139.99


Product Description

Chain bouncing can often cause noise as the chain slaps the top and bottom of the chain stay, or even derail from the front chain ring in extreme circumstances. The revolutionary Shadow Plus switch adds tension to the derailleur pulley spring to nearly eliminate chain slap and ghost shifting. When the Shadow Plus switch is in the 'off' position


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2013

Strengths:    Very fast, Quiet and smooth. "when set up correctly"

Weaknesses:    very touchy - lot of strain on cables. If the front derailleur fails to upshift the issue is the rear derailleur clutch is too tight. Put the rear derailleur in the open mode. If the front up shifts ok, that is our issue. Leave it switch down, open it up and loosen the clutch a turn. Don't over do it or you will get chain slap, or you wont be able to put the cover back on. LOL

Bottom Line:   
Very quiet, does take some adjustment. Yes you can put a smaller 24 tooth ring up front and the derailleur will handle it.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Blossom - Skeegs

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Purchased At:   Calmar

Similar Products Used:   Previous Shimano XTR

Bike Setup:   Pivot Mach 5.7c all Shimano XTR, Chris King hubs. Very fast very light, Stans wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lebikerboy a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2011

Strengths:    Shifts well, does what it's supposed to.

Weaknesses:    A lot finickier to set up than previous derailleurs I've installed including old rapid rise...

Bottom Line:   
Takes awhile to set up but, once you're done it's darn near perfect...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX,XT,XTR. SRAM X7,X9,X0 which don't compare IMHO.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur with Shimano XT...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by skennedy a Racer from Auburn,Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2011

Strengths:    Strong

Weaknesses:    doesn't shift under load very well.

Bottom Line:   
Got tired of the poor shifting. Switched to a SRAM X9 (my first SRAM product, I was always a Shimano guy) and problem was solved. I'm a SRAM user now

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Favorite Trail:   Foresthill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   older XT..SRAM X9,X0, XX

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Rize 4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Conquistador Espa?ol a Weekend Warrior from California

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2011

Strengths:    There is no doubt one of the best bike derailleur I've had ever have in my life ,I had sram x.7 and went bad after one year of use ,i have now three years whit the xt shadow and work like If had bought it yesterday ,love it ..

Weaknesses:    none ,is the best in that category the shimano xt Shadow ,and by that I mean in the category Sram X.7 and Xt shimano,to me shimano is the winner ..

Bottom Line:   
between sram and shimano xt shadow wins with a wide margin ,shifting is soo smooth like no other I have try bifore ..

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Favorite Trail:   Laguna ,Santiago,El Moro .

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   blueskycycling.com

Similar Products Used:   Sram x.7

Bike Setup:   Shimano everything ,only the chain is Sram ,they do made good chains I have to give them that..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Imino a Cross Country Rider from Ireland

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2010

Strengths:    look??

Weaknesses:    not doin what it suppose to do....changing gears!!!

Bottom Line:   
Came on the new bike about a year ago. Constant shadow shifting no matter how often it is adjusted.So after a year of every second day adjustment i've decided that's enough...
I've got sram X9....problem solved.

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Favorite Trail:   Ballinastoe

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   nearly all shimano staf over 15 years....now sram.....

Bike Setup:   Kona Kula for XC race....

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by mtbjtd a Racer from NorCal

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2010

Strengths:    Low Profile, looks good

Weaknesses:    Cage spring breaks after 6 months of use JUNK!!!! This is my second XT shadow deralliuer to do this. Looks like Shimano is buying cheap Chineese metal and putting these Cr@ppy springs in their derailluers. WEAK!!!

Bottom Line:   
Not sure here... snapped once in a race and the last one snapped right before another big race. I don't know if I trust these at all anymore.

I used the old XT's for 3-4 years without any issues at all. They changed something here and these new ones just plain SUCK!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   old XT

Bike Setup:   Blur with XTR/XT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jabone39 a Cross Country Rider from Britton Mi, USA

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2010

Strengths:    Shifts smooth, pretty percise, works well under load

Weaknesses:    No adjusting barrel on derailleur itself

Bottom Line:   
I liked the fact it is such a low profile, but that is obviously the reason why there is no adjusting barrel, which limits which shifters you are able to use, some rear shifters DO NOT have adjusting barrels either, which means you can't adjust the derailleur. Other than that I like the way it performs, although I am currently running an 8 speed cog, so getting gear I've had to tune out 3rd gear for now. Other than that, a really good product for the coin.

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Favorite Trail:   herritge park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Older 7 spd XT,LX, Deore

Bike Setup:   Exodus FS, avid bb7 Rock Shock dart 3 w/L.O. Lx Dual control levers, truvativ hussefelt crank, giga pipe BB, Kenda kinetics tires, WTB saddle,cane creek HS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gto2000five a Weekend Warrior from Bremerton, WA USA

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2009

Strengths:    Great value. Quick shifting

Weaknesses:    None I've found

Bottom Line:   
Great value for a smooth quick shifting derailleur. I've had no issues with this in the rainy conditions in WA commuting on my bike. You won't be disappointed once you get it tuned in perfectly.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Treefortbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX Rear D.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F900SL hardtail

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tim Stevenage a Weekend Warrior from U.K

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009

Strengths:    Precise shifting once set up carefully

Weaknesses:    Simply would not stay in gear under load.

Bottom Line:   
The "Shadow" XT mech came with the bike. When climbing on steep sections of track the chain would wonder onto the surrounding 2 cogs that the shifter had set it on. So on the third from top sprocket, for example, the chain would wonder onto the sprocket above it or below it. This was so frustrating. After endless trips to the bike shop where I purchased this bike from we checked the frame, the hanger, obviously the mech, we changed the XT cassette, the chain, shifters and even 2 front chainrings. In the end my bike shop put a current but non-shadow XT mech on.....problem solved. Naturally I think very little of this "Shadow" design from Shimano. Nothing so fickle belongs on a Mountain Bike.




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Favorite Trail:   Coed Llandegla

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came with Bike

Similar Products Used:   The entire Shimano range and Sram Quartz.


Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX 9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EugeneHo a Cross Country Rider from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2009

Strengths:    Nice strong looks
Smooth shifting
Shadow design
Reasonable price


Weaknesses:    Weight,(Compare to the XTR)

Bottom Line:   
Except for the weight(compare to the XTR), everything is fine. It works so perfectly and smoothly. At first, it needed some tuning, after that it is perfect. You don't have to worry about repairing by the road side. It don't give you any trouble. What a perfect rear derailleur in this price. What an outstanding valuable rear derailleur!!

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Favorite Trail:   Cross Country (Oil palm estate)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   2007 XTR

Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche 1.0

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Reliable source for XT rear derailleur shadow clutch stabilizer

Like many (most?) others, my XT clutch stabilizer broke where the tension adjustment screw connects to the cam. My LBS had a repair kit in stock but didn't have many. I've been looking online to order a couple spares (sad that I have to treat this like a wear item...) but haven't found any relia ... Read More »

1x10 set up worth replacing Shadow+ XT Medium Cage R Derailleur with ZEE Short Cage?

I am looking to make the switch from 2x10 to 1x10 (poor mans XX1). I will be running a 11-36 cassette and a Sram XX1 crankset. I am hoping to have a set up that will allow to run at a minimum two gear ranges (32T & 30T front chainrings) with a single chain without compromising shifting performance ... Read More »

XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur review -- initial impressions

My overall impression is that I don't like it. There's no chain noise, which is nice, but the shifting is so stiff, I couldn't get used to it. I forgot to specify...I am using the long cage versionRead More »

XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur question

This new product is supposed to reduce/eliminate chain slap. Does this mean that I no longer need to put on my ugly chainstay protector if I installed one of these?Read More »

XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur - available when?

I see BTI lists them as do a few websites, but nothing in stock yet. Anyone have any idea when they are supposed to be available? Thanks.Read More »

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