SRAM 5.0™ Rear Derailleur Derailleur

3.12/5 (17 Reviews)
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Product Description

  • ESP and Di.R.T combined technologies: lighter effort shifting
  • Wide gear range: mini-offset upper pulley, 11-30 through 11-34 compatibility
  • Durable B-adjust and off-set: greater drop-out compatibility
  • Improved material use: enhanced product differentiation
  • Enhanced appearance: distinctive look and graphics
  • Outward facing limit screws: easy access, intuitive adjustment, low-stress design
  • Detailed specifications: Grilon® composite knuckles, composite outer link with integrated power bump, steel inner link, steel outer cage, composite inner cage, 11-tooth pulleys


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Garrett a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: January 23, 2008

    Strengths:    Quick, smooth shifting. Easy adjustment (but aren't they all easy?). Not that heavy for a mid-range derailleur - 280g I think. Throughout the past 3 years, I have not experienced any issues - including the shifting issue described in the other review. I climb a lot of hills shifting under force and it shifts fine. However I don't ride "hard" or drop. Just a weekend warrior.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love SRAM drivetrains. I plan to upgrade to an X-9 rear on my Salsa Ala Carte. But for now, this works just fine.

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    Favorite Trail:   Somewhere back in Ohio...

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Cambria

    Similar Products Used:   Deore LX, Deore XT

    Bike Setup:   8-speed w/ X-7 trigger shifters. Came on 2005 KHS Comp ST.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mitchell a Weekend Warrior from Florida

    Date Reviewed: September 22, 2007

    Strengths:    None

    Weaknesses:    Made of cheap plastic. POS

    Bottom Line:   
    Just bought the bike, was 30min in my ride, and the rear Derailleur broke in two for no rason. had to walk the bike home.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Came on Cannondale F5

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dennis The menace a Downhiller from Perth, WA, Australia

    Date Reviewed: April 7, 2007

    Strengths:    hard to hurt and shift like an angel never had problems

    Weaknesses:    none have had a problem with the person that kicked it off my bike

    Bottom Line:   
    tough and hard to hurt

    have never had any problems with it and love it and wud show off the brand with pride and mates have giant stp's and wud back me about sram mates and i love SRAM and wud use no other!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Goatfarm

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $120.00

    Purchased At:   Guildford cycles

    Similar Products Used:   shimano (Dont buy them they are crap have had many problems)

    Bike Setup:   Gt chucker 2.0 (2006 model)manitou stance kingpin with sram sx5.0 der

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by chad a Downhiller from los gatos

    Date Reviewed: October 21, 2006

    Strengths:    none

    Weaknesses:    POS IT BROKE ON ME WHEN I WAS GOING DOWN SOME LITTLE STAIR

    Bottom Line:   
    DONT GET IT

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   can on a haro xterme x1


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by chris slack a Weekend Warrior from venice

    Date Reviewed: September 16, 2006

    Strengths:    NONE

    Weaknesses:    Made of cheap plastic

    Bottom Line:   
    dont buy it if it comes on your bike buy shimano when it breaks and it will break.

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    Favorite Trail:   lady slipper

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came on my bike

    Similar Products Used:   i upgraded to shimano deore lx

    Bike Setup:   Giant Pistol 2

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bill a Weekend Warrior from Central Colorado

    Date Reviewed: September 27, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks good, smooth shifting.

    Weaknesses:    None yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    This came on my wife's '05 Trek Navigator, and I've been much more impressed with it than the Shimano Alivio that came on my same model (I recently had it replaced with Deore LX). Anyway the SRAM 5.0 shifts smoothly & has only required the initial adjustment due to cable stretch. Our riding is mostly on paved roads and we don't put a lot of stress on the components; but for light duty it works great.I really don't see much difference functionally between it and my Deore LX.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio & Deore LX

    Bike Setup:   Trek Navigator 200; SRAM grip shifters; Shimano 101 front der; Tektro brakes

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by BARRY a Cross Country Rider from INDIANAPOLIS

    Date Reviewed: August 2, 2005

    Strengths:    Don't know of any

    Weaknesses:    Shifts on it's own. Can't decide what gear it should be in. Twist shifters are hard to shift when hands are sweaty

    Bottom Line:   
    The Canto is a $1,200 bike. Why Burley put such a cheap component group on this bike is a mystery to me. I don't need to wear cycling gloves on a recumbent, and when my hands sweat, the twist shifters become slippery and are almost impossible to shift. When you do twist the shifter, it's like Forest Gump's box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. The rear derailleur has a mind of its own. It's almost impossible to adjust. I'm switching out to Shimano Deore. I have the XT on my tandem and it works flawlessly. This would probably be an ok group on a low end hybrid, but otherwise, I would avoid.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore xt

    Bike Setup:   Burley Canto recumbent

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by steven boltzmann a Cross Country Rider from adelaide

    Date Reviewed: February 5, 2005

    Strengths:    cheap and dependable.

    Weaknesses:    ugly.

    Bottom Line:   
    i'm rectifying a previous bad review. having set the drailleur up properly this thing works great. i love technical XC riding and have found shifting with these easy and dependable. its not as smooth as the XTR on my other bike but it hasnt chucked the chain as often either and has required less adjusting. i'm rough on my bikes and even on a totally rigid bike and heavy bumps this derailleur works well. all round good dependable gear that can handle some rough treatment.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came with khs rigid one

    Similar Products Used:   XTR, LX

    Bike Setup:   KHS rigid one with SRAM twist shifters

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alaskan Underachiever a Cross Country Rider from Anchorage, AK

    Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

    Strengths:    Cheap cheap cheap. Picked up both front & rear shifter & derailler for $25 including shipping. Holds up a LOT better than equivalent shimano grade to dirt and mud. I honestly don't know if there's anything to the 1:1 ratio marketing hype but it works for me and I have some NASTY conditions locally. Replacement parts are easy to find and are a relatively "standard" dimension. VERY easy to service.

    Weaknesses:    Relatively delicate but I seriously doubt the shimano equivalent is much tougher. The pulleys that come on it stock are definately crap.

    Bottom Line:   
    A good product for the price. If I'd paid more than $25 for the whole combo I might have an issue with it, but as it is, I'm pretty satisfied with it. For that price I wouldn't have a problem replacing them every year if it came to it.

    The stock pulleys are pretty poor and I swapped them out for a pair with sealed bearings (lot of mud and rain locally this time of year) and that was really my only headache and a pretty minor one. At least they're a relatively easy size to find after market. Nobody seemed to know where to find replacement pulleys for my Acera when I broke one (odd size).

    I like this setup for light trail use and commuting. I wouldn't recommend it for anything heavy, it's definately a relatively lightweight unit and isn't up to heavy impacts of any kind.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, Acera, Alivio, relatively low grade stuff that came on the various bikes stock.

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Hardrock, nothing stock other than the fork, headset and front derailler.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by steven boltsmann a Cross Country Rider from adelaide, Australia

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2004

    Strengths:    quick and crisp shifting on smooth roads.

    Weaknesses:    very unpredictable shifting especially when going over bumps or under power

    Bottom Line:   
    my new 'rigid one' came with the sram and initially shifting felt great. as i use the bike for general urban getting about it was a few hours before i tried the bike over some bumps and jumps. the sram LOVES to change gears without notice, jump so much as a curb and you're likely to be 1 or 2 gears from where you want to be. if you like smooth riding all the way then these are for you, however, if you want to rough it up a little then you'll be looking elsewhere as i am.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything rough

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   deore xtr


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by J a Weekend Warrior from Davis, CA

    Date Reviewed: February 25, 2003

    Strengths:    smooth shifting

    Weaknesses:    fragile, way too fragile

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't use this if you do any trail riding. It is made
    of plastic and can break on you at any moment. I went
    through two of these in a year. Not worth your money,
    in fact it's not worth putting on your bike even
    if you got it for free.

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    Favorite Trail:   salmon falls

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   rei

    Bike Setup:   canondale F600

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Aaron from Austin, TX

    Date Reviewed: December 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Fast, smooth, flawless shifts

    Weaknesses:    chunky and ugly

    Bottom Line:   
    This is on a hybrid city bike so it doesnt see the tough rigors of offroad riding, however it has proven itself well. It is a similar grade to shimano deore. It shifts nice without any hesitations or need for constant adjustments. It works great with the SRAM 7.0 cassette and 5.0 shifter. I know it is hard to retrain the brain to think of using components other than shimano, but give it a try.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, Alivio, and Acera plus other cheapies

    Bike Setup:   2002 Madwagon city bike

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by scott a Racer from cedar creek,tx,usa

    Date Reviewed: November 9, 2002

    Strengths:    price(I thought)

    Weaknesses:    fails whith out any warning

    Bottom Line:   
    This is to update a post of mine from a few months back.When I first got it and for a couple of months after it was a great product.Smooth shifting,light,looked good,and the set up was simple.Then whith out any warning it snaped.I wasn't jumping or shifting while going up steep inclines-just trying to upshift for more speed.Stay away from them.They will fail.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   local bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   shimano

    Bike Setup:   giant,easton,raceface,avid,shimano(now)

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by DAve Wells a Cross Country Rider from Portland ME

    Date Reviewed: July 1, 2002

    Strengths:    very light

    Weaknesses:    weak weak and weak

    Bottom Line:   
    Ive gone through 2 in 4 months! the problem is that most of it is plastic! it way to fragil.....dont get...my first race it let me down snaped right off...i had to walk all the way. it doesnt shift smooth at all....going up hills it shifts by itself...the other reviews say its great but maybe the both i got sucked...my advice spend and extra 10-15 and get a LX it works so much better!

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    Favorite Trail:   Bradbury Mt and Mt Atherton

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   National ski and bike

    Similar Products Used:   lx,xt

    Bike Setup:   Marin hawk Hill

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by m mnm a Cross Country Rider from Netherlands

    Date Reviewed: May 7, 2002

    Strengths:    keeps on shifting even when it's dirty. my previous model (98)has had a heavy test in the bulge and has seen a lot of mud and sand. wheels lasted 2 years have been replaced by tacx

    Weaknesses:    broke on a piece of wood, so not a real weakness. can shift faster at times

    Bottom Line:   
    a good derailleur for a good price you must like the shifter that come along with it

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    Favorite Trail:   best

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   rijwielcentrale

    Similar Products Used:   98 and it's replacement, a 2002 model

    Bike Setup:   heavy frame good geometry, time atac pedals (very good)

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