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.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2004
Strengths: Light weight, shifts well
Weaknesses: durability,no cable adjustment
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..)
Bike Setup: Mix match, XTR front, Pro comp fork, spinrite wheels, K2 Brass Monkey Fork
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
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).
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.
Weaknesses: White color, made from plastic, bulky looking/profile -- maybe will cause it to collect mud easier?
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.....
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.
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.
Bike Setup: ellsworth ID w/romic coil, marzochi freeride w/hayes disc, shimano xt set
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2002
Strengths: Design, Looks, Durability, American Company
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!!
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.
Favorite Trail: tea creak in staty fork West viginia
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
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
from Reston, Virginia
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002
Strengths: Flawless shifting
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.
Bike Setup: Fisher Cronus, SID SL, SRAM, Thomson, etc., etc.
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
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.
Strengths: light weight, easy to install and adjust, durable, great cable routing
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.
Similar Products Used: all major Derailleurs from suntour xc 6 speed index to 9 speed xtr
Bike Setup: Mongoose Ti, Sid SL
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.
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.
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).
from columbia, tn USA
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2001
Strengths: light,rarely out of adjustment
Weaknesses: none yet
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.
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.