SRAM 9.0™ Rear Derailleur Derailleur

3.38/5 (24 Reviews)
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Product Description

  • Super-strong pivots, links and knuckles: increased rigidity and durability
  • ESP and Di.R.T. combined technologies: lighter effort shifting
  • Expanded gear range: mini-offset upper pulley
  • 11-30 through 11-34, 34-tooth rear cog capacity
  • Improved material use: enhanced product differentiation
  • Outward facing limit screws: easy access, intuitive adjustment, low-stress design
  • Detailed specifications: Grilon® composite knuckles, forged aluminum outer link with integrated power bump, aluminum B-bolt, stainless pivots, aluminum outer cage, composite inner cage, 11-tooth pulleys


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by velociped jones a Weekend Warrior from bflo

    Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009

    Strengths:    can be repaired.

    Weaknesses:    the lower rear pulley on my 2006 which came as part of a complete bike package was not properly sealed. mud and crud got in and caused the pulley to seize.

    Bottom Line:   
    the derailleur is useless once it gets contaminated which it will on it's first muddy ride. my derailleur still works because a bike shop gave me a 7.0 or 5.0 pulley with a more sensible design.

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    Favorite Trail:   evl

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   beyond bikes

    Similar Products Used:   shimano xt/xtr

    Bike Setup:   maverick matic m50 package with some tweaks

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Jay Mac a Downhiller from Shore

    Date Reviewed: May 4, 2006

    Strengths:    lots of material, decent adjustments, decent springs

    Weaknesses:    the material is brittle (plastic, why?) and it broke cleanly with little force required...riveted, so not rebuildable...the X-0 I have at least has some parts that are rebuildable (not the cage to the body, although I have removed the 9's cage and am trying to attach it to my X-0, but that is a work in progress and another story).

    Bottom Line:   
    a clean break in plastic just solidifies it's uselessness as an impact material; it;s too brittle...perhaps carbon nano-tech is the answer or an amalgamation of materials (while hopefully keeping the cost low). I'll be nice and go 2 and 2.

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    Favorite Trail:   All

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   NSSW

    Similar Products Used:   most of shimano's and sram's line...and suntour from yesteryear.

    Bike Setup:   banshee, monster, diabolus, xt 4 piston, king 20mm, etc.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Buck Link a Cross Country Rider from Cincinnati

    Date Reviewed: October 30, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks good, shifts smoothly

    Weaknesses:    Not durable at all.

    Bottom Line:   
    This derailler screwed-up my bike: When the "super strong" knuckle gave-way it slung around and hit the shock/seat stay, ruining it. It's nearly new as I don't ride this bike that often. It's NEVER BEEN CRASHED and NO ROCK OR STICK HIT IT.

    SRAM needs to rethink this component. It looks good and shifts well, but at what cost. I can appreciate those who've never had one break singing the praises of this derailler because it does feel better than my XT did, but at what cost?. At the very least, you refit for a single speed back to the trail-head. At the worst you replace your frame. Want pictures? see:

    http://blink1.www4.50megs.com/BrokenECdM.htm

    It's no value if it breaks for no reason, It's poor for the same reason.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dupont State Forest or Sedona

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, XTR and SRAM ESP 1.0

    Bike Setup:   Ventano El Conquistador de Montana w/ SRAM drivetrain.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by shiny_car a Cross Country Rider from Australia

    Date Reviewed: October 12, 2005

    Strengths:    simple, clean design and looks; crisp shifts; maintenance-free

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    this RD came standard on my Giant HT along with X.9 trigger shifters; fantastic combo that I've been very pleased and surprised about; shifting is snappy and precise, even in mud and water; maintenance-free so far aside from minor adjustment to allow for cable-stretch; I generally look after my gear but accidents obviously happen, yet there's been no signs of weakness and failure; these seem top value compared with comparable Big-S gear and I highly recommend them; now I've installed '06 X.0 drivetrain on my new build-up!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   OEM

    Similar Products Used:   SRAM X.0

    Bike Setup:   Aus-spec '05 Giant XTC2

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff a Downhiller from USA

    Date Reviewed: September 5, 2005

    Strengths:    strong, shifts when its supposed to, doesnt shift when it isnt supposed to, low maitenance, strong.

    Weaknesses:    cont think of any, i have bent mine a few times, but thats downhill.

    Bottom Line:   
    ok, so i ride downhill. anyone can tell you that in downhill it is not unusual to go throught more than one derailer a season. this derailer made it onto my v10 off my old rm6. this derailer is at least 4 or 5 years old and i am just now begining to have troubles with it, but that is not the derailers fault. i ride a large old style v-10, one of the longest wheelbases in DH. i had some trouble making the switch from my small rm6, and my derailer has been hit on many trees and rocks since i started riding the v10, as it doesnt make very tight turns. last weekend i was pedaling and something didnt feel right, but i kept riding and pedaling right to the bottom. when i got there i noticed my derailer was not attatched to my frame anymore, just hanging from the chain. i put it back on when i got the the bottom and the only problem was that i lost the limter and tension screw. yet, it still shifts? dunno how that one works, all i can say is that this derailer has lasted me longer than it should have, and when i finally do buy a new drailer, i can tell you right now it wont be a shimano. The only derailer, shifter, chain, and cassete ill buy is sram. if they make a chainguide, ill be the first to buy that too. i couldnt be happier with my derailer's performance over the years. bent a few times, but never broken. 5 bloody tampons for this derailer

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    Favorite Trail:   holy chute

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   dont remember

    Similar Products Used:   dont need anything else

    Bike Setup:   santa cruz v-10, 03 dorado, mavic d321's, hayes, profile racing cranks, michelin's, sram, nothing but the best :-)

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt Witherspoon a Weekend Warrior from Jechon, Chungbuk, South Korea

    Date Reviewed: February 9, 2005

    Strengths:    Shifted well right after I installed it. I was expecting a major hassle with adjusting it, since I'm not much of a mechanic, but it didn't even need a barrel adjustment for the first 10 rides.

    Weaknesses:    You really have to twist the Gripshift until it clicks, even after it's made the shift, or it'll go back to the gear you were in. It takes some time to make sure you hit the index on each shift.

    Bottom Line:   
    I got this bike with XT trigger shifters and an XTR rear derailleur. It's my first full suspension bike, and it was always ghost shifting on bumps and even when it was barely bobbing on the flats. I put on new cables, cassette, chain, der. hanger, and had people with more knowledge than me try and get it to stop, but it only liked being on the big or small cog. I ordered the 9.0 shifter and derailleur set to give it one last chance before selling it. It did the trick. Now I have a 27-speed instead of just a few gears that I can trust. I don't like the Gripshift for the front derailleur, though. It has about 20 clicks and you have to know how far to go to hit each chain ring, and then you usually have to click up or down to stop it from rubbing one side plate or the other. Next time I'll go for the SRAM trigger shifters. Still, it stays on the cog when the XTR wouldn't, so it beats Shimano in my book.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ha So Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $130.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT, and XTR.

    Bike Setup:   2002 Giant AC Team, Psylo XC Race, SID Air shock, XT hydaulic disks, Mavic D 321 rims, PC 69 chain, XT 11-34 cassette.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eric Bacon a Cross Country Rider from Truckee, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 6, 2004

    Strengths:    Superior design compared to shimano, The 9.0 is powerful and efficient, and the smoothest shifting of any derailleur ive ever used.

    Weaknesses:    I bought it with the trigger shifters and the thumb only operation was hard to get used to. I had lots of accidental shifts until i got the shifter position dialed.

    Bottom Line:   
    Ive read reviews where people complian that this derailleur broke easily, but mine survived a direct hit on a large boulder with my 200 pound body and my bike landing on top. It was easy for me to adjust the 9.0 and ive never had to touch it since. Hardly any force required for those super smooth shifts. Pay attention to the cable loop length at the bottom of seat stay, i had to shorten mine quite a bit when switching from shimano.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hole in the Ground

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

    Bike Setup:   Kona Explosif

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Ian a Downhiller from New Orleans, LA

    Date Reviewed: April 22, 2004

    Strengths:    None, this thing sucked on ice!

    Weaknesses:    Nothing like riding 100 yards into a trail on your first ride of a 3000 mile road trip, pushing down on the cranks, and having the ENTIRE DERAILLEUR SHEER IN HALF AT THE ADJUSTMENT BOLTS.

    Bottom Line:   
    This thing sucked! I would never, ever buy another if it wasn't for the fact that SRAM sent me a new one, I would have gone back to rapid fire.

    Also, don't bust SRAM products in Texas if you're on the road.
    From Houston to St. Jo there was not a single stocking dealer of SRAM products, everything was by order only. While normally I would have just had my box of parts with me, this was a brand new built up bike with all new drive train parts, so it should have lasted longer then the first 100 yards.

    POS!

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    Favorite Trail:   St. Jo, TX

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $69.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   Shimanno XT, XTR, SRAM 9.0SL, XO, 8.0

    Bike Setup:   Big bad Ti wonder cruiser of doom

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by G a Weekend Warrior from Salem, MA

    Date Reviewed: August 31, 2003

    Strengths:    better cable routing than shimano (no loop), outward facing idiot-proof limit adjustment screws, strong construction

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    the 9.0 rear derailleur came bundled with the 9.0 shifters. i never liked rapidfire (maybe my fingers are too long; fine tuning sram shifter for front derailleur eliminates chain rub in top or bottom gears). i've read some reviews talking about the weakness of this derailleur, but after having a stick snap my hanger and pull the derailleur into the wheel where it bent several spokes and wound up next to the rear v-brakes it was only a little scratched and still works great! buy it if you don't like rapidfire.

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    Favorite Trail:   Saxon Woods

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $69.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   shimano alivio, deore, xt

    Bike Setup:   gt i-drive 4.0, sram 9.0 shifters, avid flack-jacket cables

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John Aurentz a Weekend Warrior from Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 25, 2003

    Strengths:    Fast shifter, no skips/clunks, solid as a rock

    Weaknesses:    None so far but worried about the materials

    Bottom Line:   
    My road bike has full Ultegra and shifts quick and positively. The SRAM 9.0 is just as good. The Shimano Alivio/Deore is crappy stuff that should not be included as components on a bike over $100.00.....
    SRAM has my buying dollars and Shimano is too expensive for lesser technology.

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    Favorite Trail:   Del Cerro

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $39.00

    Purchased At:   Redondo cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Alivio/Deore

    Bike Setup:   Ibex ignition 2, stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Rich Kidd a Racer from Austin TX

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2003

    Strengths:    The SRAM 9.0 is light and a fast shifter for the XC racer I like this R/D Alot one thing I was very happy with was the Ajustment and how good it worked!

    Weaknesses:    n/a

    Bottom Line:   
    N/A

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    Favorite Trail:   Worda

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $59.00

    Purchased At:   New Revolution Cycles.com

    Similar Products Used:   XT OR XTR

    Bike Setup:   Sram 9.0 shifters and r/d SRAM 7.0 CASSETTET SRAM PC69 CHAIN XT F/D FSA V-DRIVE CRANKS!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott V a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2003

    Strengths:    Everything.

    Weaknesses:    None for XC. But I don't think this is a free-ride derailleur.

    Bottom Line:   
    I hand it to SRAM. I've had so many Shimano derailleurs...some of them were crap, most were excellent...this thing is flawless. Had a problem with the bolt to hold cable stripping out - SRAM replaced derailleur. Perhaps insert would be useful. In Shimano-land, people are in awe how I can go thru such a wide range of gears so quickly as they go click-click-click...I'd get sick of that 1-by-1 approach...Gripshift clicks 'em off so quickly. And SRAM 9.0 has been completely dialed in since Day #1. Clean the cable once in awhile, lube it, off you go. Some people just don't know how to work on their bikes AT ALL. No derailleur works well with gunk on the cable(rust or whatever)and dry doesn't help either.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo?

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano

    Bike Setup:   853 Steel Fisher Hardtail.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by slapnuts from storrs, ct , usa

    Date Reviewed: May 9, 2003

    Strengths:    piece of shat

    Weaknesses:    broke in two weeks after some light freeride abuse, not even any crashes. it is made of too much plastic. i ripped the back plate off and cracked the body landing a small jump.

    Bottom Line:   
    don't buy it, its a plastic piece of crap

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $49.00

    Purchased At:   mail order

    Similar Products Used:   other sram (5.0 broke on first ride), shimanos

    Bike Setup:   stinky d, betd, z1

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Eddie Delag a Cross Country Rider from Manchester, UK

    Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

    Strengths:    amazing shifting, easy to setup, no big cable loops

    Weaknesses:    getting replacements

    Bottom Line:   
    1-to-1 actuation kicks ass! it ut performs shimano hands down. Recently I had alot of trouble getting replacement jockey wheels eventually those nice guys and girls at SRAM sorted me out.

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    Favorite Trail:   Coed-y-Brenin

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   LX,DX,XT,XTR you name it i've shifted it

    Bike Setup:   MC San Andreas + Pace36 proclass2, Hope C2's on Hope hubs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tom Allen a Cross Country Rider from Fayetteville, NC

    Date Reviewed: January 11, 2003

    Strengths:    Quick shifts, works with ESP system, saves the derailleur hanger in the case of getting a stick or something up there, easy adjustment of limiting screws (especially compared to Shimano)

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    I love ESP stuff, and this derailleur is no different! A lot of reviews talk about the thing snapping while JRA. However, the only time I had one break was when I had a stick just short of a log get up in there, I didn't have a removeable hanger, and the derailleur gave, thus saving my Mountain Cycle that it was on at the time. So I got another 9.0. And it has been shifting away like mad ever since. And they're easy for me to dial in. I tried to switch to Shimano once, and just didn't like it as much.

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    Favorite Trail:   Blak Mountain Loop, Pisgah

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Riverside Cyclery, CA

    Similar Products Used:   XT, ESP 7.0

    Bike Setup:   It takes the shifting duties on an Intense Tracer

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