SRAM 9.0SL Rear Derailleur Derailleur

3.75/5 (20 Reviews)


Product Description

This 11-30 through 11-34 compatible derailleur offers lighter effort shifting due to its ESP and DIRT combined technologies. Extremely strong pivots, links, and knuckles increase rigidity and durability, while a redesigned B-adjust and off-set allow greater drop-out compatibility.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Owen Ronalds a Cross Country Rider from Yeppoon,QLD,Australia

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2004

Strengths:    Light weight, shifts well

Weaknesses:    durability,no cable adjustment

Bottom Line:   
Works well with the old shifters and was really happy until I broke the first one in a race but it was a stick in the wheel and maybe would've done the hanger if it was stronger. Bought a new one but worried a bit by the slap on the mounting bolt. good value ,light works well in dry weather (hasn't seen rain in a long time..)

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Favorite Trail:   somewhere green

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Rockhampton

Similar Products Used:   shimano,simplex..( on road,years ago)

Bike Setup:   old XT 7sp thumbshifters (run 8sp) shimano everything else pretty much

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from North Ridgeville

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2003

Strengths:    Shifts are quick and responsive. Like the ability to rapidly cross cogs without thumbing like Shimano.

Weaknesses:    Broke on routine shifting under load unhill. Just flat out got munched. Broke righ in the middle on the composite stuff.

Bottom Line:   
I am gonna buy another one as a replacement and see what happens. If it breaks again I am going back to Shimano!

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Favorite Trail:   Black Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Mix match, XTR front, Pro comp fork, spinrite wheels, K2 Brass Monkey Fork

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from New York, NY

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2003

Strengths:    Lightweight, provides quick and accurate shifts.

Weaknesses:    Not the most durable, the ugly white color

Bottom Line:   
The SRAM setup provides quick, crisp, and accurate shifts. Much better than any Shimano product I've used (save XTR). It's also extremely light (194gr). The downside is that this is not the most durable derailleur out there. I'm on my second derailleur and recently my friend just broke his. While the customer service at SRAM is great, I have to say it really SUCKS trying to get back to your car with a busted derailleur. (Something I've never experienced with my Shimano derailleurs for 5 years).

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT

Bike Setup:   Airbourne Lucky Strike-Ti, Race Face cranks, SRAM 9.0SL derailleur, SRAM Shorty Shifters, Avid Arch brakes, etc.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andrew Wade a Racer from Perth,WA, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2002

Strengths:    light weight, looks different, nice jockey wheels

Weaknesses:    @#$! breaks!, crap SRAM service

Bottom Line:   
I had no problems with this product and actually like the grip shift setup (sounds cool when downshifting behind your opponents!). It looked fairly strong and well built and its significantly lighter than shimano. However a week before the state championships, it broke near the hanger, a common problem I have read. Where it snapped it is made of some composite material which obviously became brittle, something SRAM need to look into.

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Favorite Trail:   Dwellingup Champs Course

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano everything

Bike Setup:   Merida Race Pro

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by spinjunkie a Racer from colorado

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

Strengths:    Not part of the Shimano monopoly...

Weaknesses:    White color, made from plastic, bulky looking/profile -- maybe will cause it to collect mud easier?

Bottom Line:   
Didn't really care for this derailleur. Too much fragile plastic. Looked like a big lump of pooh on my bike. Worked like a big lump of pooh on my bike. Took constant adjustment to keep it working crisp. Hate to admit it but Shimano has componetry dialed in, they are setting the standard. SRAM are likeable guys, but I hate to pay for my freinds.....

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   XTR, XT, Suntour

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight XTR and XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

Strengths:    Work good for about 3-6 months.

Weaknesses:    They all wear out in the same place. The pivot that bolts to your frame is weak and easily wears out.

Bottom Line:   
This is my third SRAM derailleur. I've had a 9.0 SL, a 9.0 and a 5.0 and all of them have worn out within a year in the same place. The pivot that bolts toi your frame wears out and becomes loose. This really messes up your shifting when you get into lower gears. My XT is still working great on my second bike while I continue to get burn by these crappy SRAM ones. I really like the grip shift so I'll switch to Rocket or Attack shifters and go with the Shimano derailleur.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   various

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   2000 FSR Enduro

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by big balls mcbane a Weekend Warrior from north shore b.c.

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2002

Strengths:    good shifting light.

Weaknesses:    well lets just say this product is $hit i had it only a few weeks and it broke right where it mounts on the hanger. so watch out for this and buy shimano.

Bottom Line:   
this is such a scam they are porking you for all of your green and the deraileur is $hit. bottom line

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Favorite Trail:   the chute

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   deore

Bike Setup:   ellsworth ID w/romic coil, marzochi freeride w/hayes disc, shimano xt set

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Michigan

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2002

Strengths:    Design, Looks, Durability, American Company

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Great product!!! I have used XTR extensively, and then I tried SRAM components, and I am much happier with my 9.osl. It has proven to be more dependable, durable, and just all around better shifting.
The reason I like the grip shift system, is because, if I get in trouble and need to shift quickly, I can go through the entire cog in one motion. Not like the rapidfire shifters where you have to push the lever twice.
This combination has proven to work for me, and I would highly recommend it to others also!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Similar Products Used:   XTR, XT, LX

Bike Setup:   2002 F3000sl....9.0sl Shifters, R Der., Brake Levers, and Hubs....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Trig a Downhiller from Old Blighty

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2002

Strengths:    Unbeatable shifting, even in mud. Mega strong retainer spring

Weaknesses:    Not a massive fan of twist shift. Ground in dirt on the white cover is not really cleanable

Bottom Line:   

Bottomline is, if you want the best shifting available today - get SRAM.
(value rating is based on RRP)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Can't say (OEM product - Shhhhh)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, other Sram

Bike Setup:   Bullit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by caleb enright a Racer from st.marys, West virginia, USA

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2002

Strengths:    indestructubal i have banged it on rocks of absceene size at high speeds and have had two bad wrecks while raceing and each time i thought i was going to be pushing to the finish because of prior experinces with xtr but my sram kept working without a hich

Weaknesses:    $$ it costs alot more than the regular 9.0 but worth it.

Bottom Line:   
sweet deal

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Favorite Trail:   tea creak in staty fork West viginia

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Country roads, in New Martinsvill West Virginia

Similar Products Used:   xtr, 9.0, quartz,

Bike Setup:   9.0 SL rear derailor xtr front derailor 9.0 shorty shifters
avid ti brakes and levers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Hopkins a Racer from Reston, Virginia

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002

Strengths:    Flawless shifting

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that the shifting is flawless. I have had mine for over a year and have yet to miss a shift. This is the quickest and most precise derailluer on the market. I will never use anything else. I use this in conjuction with SRAM Shorty shifters and heav been more than satisfied.

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Favorite Trail:   Does it matter...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR...


Bike Setup:   Fisher Cronus, SID SL, SRAM, Thomson, etc., etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andy Eunson a Cross Country Rider from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2002

Strengths:    Good weight, excellent shifting, good cable routing

Weaknesses:    different cable routing, plastic is weak

Bottom Line:   
Works well but I had to rig up some cable guides to make it work with the Heckler. The Heckler rear cable guide is on the inside of the swing arm and put a tight bend in the cable run. Plastic on a part that will take a few knocks is dumb. I've broken 2 in the past 8 months, but I've never broken an XTR in as many years as XTR has been available. I have brocken off two steel Ritchey derailleur tabs, and not broken the XTR derailleurs that were attached. Pity because I prefer the ergonomics and function of the 1:1 and grip shifters.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR,

Bike Setup:   Heckler,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jon a Racer from portland, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2002

Strengths:    light weight, easy to install and adjust, durable, great cable routing

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This is the best derailleur and shift system I have used yet. The shifts are crisp and clean. Very easy to install. No adjustment since the installation. It has lasted through a tough year in oregon. Great product. I would have no problem recommending this derailleur to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   three corner rock

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   all major Derailleurs from suntour xc 6 speed index to 9 speed xtr

Bike Setup:   Mongoose Ti, Sid SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by STP a Racer from Palmdale CA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2002

Strengths:    Bomb Proof. Good looks (looks nothing like Shi*mano). Very advanced design that has a lot of thinking put into it, check out how the cable is routed around and down. The Shifting is super precise, even under load. Never miss a shift again.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
First day I had this rear derrailuer, I had a 30 mph+ collision with my race partner on a training ride. Of course the bike got slammed on the drivetrain side on my brand new $100 rear derrailuer. I was bummed, but not to worry, the SRAM 9.0 SL came out of it with hardly a scratch. The super durable powder coating withstood the dirt crunch way better than my XT would have. And it didn't affect it whatsoever. The thing still shifts crisply and beautifully. It looks pretty burly on the bike and it say's that you don't have to follow the Big S and accept what they hand down.

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Favorite Trail:   Ave P land

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   LBS (Support when you can)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT, SRAM Attack.

Bike Setup:   K2 Razorback, SRAM 9.0 Shifters, 9.0 SL Derrailuers. The only thing Shimano left on it, is the front drrlr and the XTR cassette (still the lightest 11-32 option I've got).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dave a Racer from columbia, tn USA

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2001

Strengths:    light,rarely out of adjustment

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this bike knowing it had been raced for 6 months. I raced 6 races in 2001 and trained/pleasure cruised on it at least once a week. The 9.0sl has outlasted about 3 chains (sachs and shimano). I had xtr-the 9.0sl shifts better, and has outlasted my old xtr by almost a year and counting. I will replace this one(with new sram) before race season even if it breaks tomorrow. If there is a better derailleur out there(for mtbiking) i haven't seen or heard about it.

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Favorite Trail:   oak mountain in Alabama

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   standard equipment

Similar Products Used:   lx,xt,xtr

Bike Setup:   caad4 sobe team bike (cannondale) easton ct2 bar, thomson elite post, cane creek wheelset, selle italia ti seat, stan's notubes, time pedals, and last, certainly not last a stainless steel wipperman chain- all components/frameset i recommend without hesitation.

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