SRAM X5 Rear Derailleur

2.89/5 (18 Reviews)
Weight : 290 grams MSRP : $39.99


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Product Description

SRAM X5 Rear Derailleur uses the patented EXACT Actuation, Direct Route technology for precise shifting. Capable of handling up to 36 tooth cogs. Comes in a Black or Silver Finish.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by artb

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2013

Strengths:    cheap, works fine, never required adjustments

Weaknesses:    there was some play at the beginning and gets worse.

Bottom Line:   
lower jockey wheel significantly worn after about 4000km. It still does what is needed. Serviced and cleaned only once after 3000 km. Used now with XT cassette, HG93 chain and X0 grip shifts.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ratmescher a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2013

Strengths:    cheap

Weaknesses:    breaks

Bottom Line:   
i wish i could post pictures on here... i have a collection of destroyed sram derailleurs all the way up to x9 and they all break so damn easily. 3 of them literally snapped into pieces just riding rocky terrain. unbelievable. My first mtb had a generic crappy derailleur and although i had to bend it back a couple times it continued working more or less for years even though it was beat up enough that there was hardly any paint left. since getting a new bike that came with sram components, all i have to do i look at it funny and it explodes. i don't understand what is wrong with these products but i'm not about to upgrade with sram seeing that i broke an x9 just as easily. saving my pennies to get a whole new setup with a different brand. is anyone else having these issues? I just want to ride...

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Duration Product Used:   half season

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   rei

Similar Products Used:   x4 x9

Bike Setup:   2010 stumpy fsr

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ridesette a Cross Country Rider from danville,ca

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2011

Strengths:    none that set it apart

Weaknesses:    gets messed up in one ride
brakes easily
flexable


Bottom Line:   
This is not worth buying new. If you buy a bike with it and ride mostly flat stuff, perfect. If you hual, upgrade IMEDIATLY! go at least x7.

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Favorite Trail:   dan cook

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   danville bikes

Similar Products Used:   shimano deore

Bike Setup:   09 giant XTC2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by CCC a Cross Country Rider from Pleasant Valley NY

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2011

Strengths:    Good Shifts, decent price.

Weaknesses:    It states steel cage, but very thin steel, mine was as bendable as a wet noodle.

Bottom Line:   
used for a few months, performed well until a stick smacked the pulley cage. Normally this would have been fine but I was surprised to find how easily you can bend the cage.
With very little pressure you can twist the cage out of alignment. I count myself very lucky to have gotten as much use out of it, I ride three times a week on very technical rocky rooty trails.
I bought a x-7 to replace this one, it seems much sturdier.
If you can afford better, do it.
This maybe a one season derailleur.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Deore, LX, Alivio derailleurs

Bike Setup:   Surly Karate Monkey 29er

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jackson a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2011

Strengths:    Doesn't shake around a lot like the the Shimano Deore. On smooth terrain and light-rough terrain it shifts smoothly.

Weaknesses:    -Any time you're on a hill, it starts to act as if it isn't adjusted properly.
-Whenever it's in gear 2-3, or 8 of 9 it acts as if it needs adjusting.
-Heavy-ish
-FYI, mine has been adjusted, so this is not an error on my part.


Bottom Line:   
(Another FYI, this came on my bike)
Overall, this is a decent derailleur, but definitely not a Shimano XTR or something of the like. Mine has not shown any damage yet, despite acting up on me. If you're using it to simply get from point A to B, I'm sure this will do you fine. But if you need it to withstand a tough downhill course, I'm not so sure. It's not the lightest derailleur out there, weighing in at 300grams, but for the price, who cares. It appears as though if you get this product, be prepared to get a lemon.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Sports Pacif

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Tourney
Shimano Deore


Bike Setup:   2011 Cannondale Trail SL3
-Easton Haven Carbon 20mm riser bar
-Easton Haven 31.8mm stem
-Easton Haven seatpost
-Avid Elixir R 203mm front brake/185mm rear brake

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by -bob- a Cross Country Rider from Detroit,Mi,usa

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2011

Strengths:    Very smooth operation until...

Weaknesses:    Self destructs under load. Tried it with two different hangers with the same result.

Bottom Line:   
Walking many miles home in cycling shoes is no fun. Never again!!

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Favorite Trail:   novi tree farm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   oem

Similar Products Used:   misc

Bike Setup:   giant seek

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keepthechange a Weekend Warrior from Quincy, Ma

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2010

Strengths:    Noticeably faster shifts from the x4, dapper looking rear derailleur

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I kerploded the x4 when i lost my balance riding a plank, smashed clean through, so i decided it was a good time to upgrade, the shifts are faster and more precise... seemingly quieter too.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere with rocks and jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   x.4

Bike Setup:   hardrock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bikeman a Downhiller from pittsburg

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2010

Weaknesses:    brakes all the time

Bottom Line:   
whent of a curb and it broke in my weel got it fixs then broke agean when i bunny hoped got it fixed then i jumped my bike it broke so i whent on line to find out it sucks so get a new deraler its not werth fixing it x5 sucks big time

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Favorite Trail:   have to meany

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Bike Setup:   mongoose otero elite

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bradfreeride a Downhiller from Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    Fairly cheap


Weaknesses:    Pretty weak

Bottom Line:   
Its pretty good but if you do anything that's not completely perfect it will do damage to your bike. I was bunny hopping a median and just barely caught the edge and when i landed i had a hanging derailleur that snapped through the thickest metal part and took out 8 of my spokes and bent another 4

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Favorite Trail:   anything urban

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Bycicle village

Similar Products Used:   X7

Bike Setup:   2006 Bighit and manitou dorado 04 fork mavic ex829 and 823 rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chad a Weekend Warrior from brockville

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2009

Strengths:    its great

Weaknesses:    n/a

Bottom Line:   
awsome

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Favorite Trail:   black&decker

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   cranks


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jim bob a Downhiller from calgary

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2009

Strengths:    nothing.

Weaknesses:    everything.

Bottom Line:   
ive been using the spram derrailers for about 2 years and about every 6 months of hitting small jumps. the spram x-4 and x-5 still brake. i was at the canmore nordic center one day and there was this rock about 4 inches high i rode over it and my derrailer snapped its happened to me about 4 times in the last 2 years so overall it sucks.

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Favorite Trail:   all cop trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   local bike store

Similar Products Used:   spram x-4, x-5.

Bike Setup:   spram x-5

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Zakhar0 a Downhiller from B.C

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2009

Strengths:    For some time it shifted nicely

Weaknesses:    Long cage
Very weak
so-so shifting


Bottom Line:   
for a light all mountain rider it would be a nice derailleur but for a heavy duty downhiller not so good. Probably gonna try shimano.

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Favorite Trail:   Dentist

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   x-9

Bike Setup:   Kona stinky, deemax rims roxshock boxxers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mrmut a Cross Country Rider from Dugo Selo, Croatia

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap and works great.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
People are often mistaken thinking that the most important part of the rear shifting setup is derailleur. Rear Casette and chain are much more important than anything else.

I've had people drive my bike in different occasions, and the sifting was so good for them that they were shocked who well this works.

The most important thing with X5 is that it works great and is cheap. - Meaning you won't bleed when you break it or bend it.

I've brokem several of X5s, and I will buy them again. (I've also broken X9, XTs, etc.)

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Favorite Trail:   XC

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $31.00

Similar Products Used:   Everything. XTR, XT, SLX, LX, different versions of the same, X0, X9, even Campagnolo, etc.

Bike Setup:   Woodoo Vanga / Fox / Etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erikober a Downhiller from Fort Collins, CO

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2009

Strengths:    This is a fairly affordable, reliable derailleur that shifts smoothly and does not skip very often. It is also pretty durable, it has taken lots of Downhilling, Jumping, and XC.

Weaknesses:    Could be smoother, but it does a great job

Bottom Line:   
I like the derailleur alot and would reccomend it because of it reliability and decent quality. the shifting could be smoother but for 40$, its worth saving 160$ instead of buying an X0.

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Favorite Trail:   East Forest

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Performence

Similar Products Used:   saint, deore, sx 5

Bike Setup:   Bottlerocket with a totem, Dtswiss wheels, X5, stroker trails,nevefals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by biga6462 a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2009

Strengths:    Tough, shifts smoothly

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I really like this derailleur compared to the shimano components I have mentioned above. I never have to adjust anything on this derailleur which makes me more apt to by one again. It has never failed me and it has been scraped and banged against rocks. I am sure there is a more smooth shifting device out there but I will stick with this one.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Acera, Deore, LX

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 70

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