SRAM X9 9-Speed Front Derailleur

3.73/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99


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Product Description

SRAMs new X.9 front derailleur handlesTriple cranks with ease. Works with any left (front) shifter, includingShimano Wide-spaced pivots for crisp shifting and a long life 160 grams Forged aluminum alloy construction


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jono111 a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2010

Strengths:    Can't think of any - ummm, it hasn't broken yet.

Weaknesses:    Utterly rubbish in my books - shifts to the big ring are slow and agricultural, may as well reach down and lift the chain off myself. I'm not an SRAM hater - x9 rear mech works well, fast, precise and positive shifts. But the front mech? Steer clear. Its so slow to shift that I'd advise taking a book out with you to read while its deciding what to do.

Bottom Line:   
Will replace this very soon, it irritates the bejesus out of me every time I go for a ride.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   xt for the last five years, performance is far superior on the front mech, rear mech, x9 is arguably better.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by medicdude a Weekend Warrior from Sacramento, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2009

Strengths:    Much stronger than the x5 that came on my bike. little to no flex, unlike the x5. all metal, again unlike the x5. easy to install and adjust, unlike the x5. shifts great, unlike the x5. very fairly priced, especially from price point.

Weaknesses:    none so far.

Bottom Line:   
The x5 that came on my bike was slightly out of adjustment when i got it. i am mechanically inclined, and looked on SRAMs website for install instructions and attempted to adjust it.. I found myself going in circles, never getting it right. One bike shop i took it to got it "almost perfect". second one i took it to got it a little better but the chain still rubbed on the cage, and it had a hard time shifting. the high limit screw didnt seem to change anything on it. all the way out or all the way in, no difference. i was advised by the shop to upgrade to an XT or X9. I chose the X9 after doing some X9 vs XT research and finding that they are about the same, and decided to stay with the SRAM name. Total time to install and adjust to perfect, 30 mins, including removing the old x5. Night and day difference in install, adjustment, shifting, appearance, strength, yada yada.. 4 chilis just because i havent beaten on it yet. plan to hit some trails asap.

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Favorite Trail:   None yet

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   SRAM x5

Bike Setup:   2009 Diamondback Response comp, stock aside from this Front Der.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by AwP a Cross Country Rider from 904

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff. Wide linkage provides sure shifting.
Traditional pull works just as well as top-swing.


Weaknesses:    Um...

Bottom Line:   
Sram mountain bike components work. Got extra cash? Go for bling factor with X-0.
But X-9 will never fail you.
Front derailleurs are underrated. An upgrade here will make use of any awesome crankset.

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeline

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Deore

Bike Setup:   XTC. X-9 d-train. Mavic Crosslands.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by PissedOffCil a Weekend Warrior from Montreal

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2008

Strengths:    - Crisp shifting, until it bends

Weaknesses:    - Weak product

Bottom Line:   
I really tried loving this product but after going through 3 RD in one season I've got to be disapointed. I almost jumped and switched to Shimano after breaking the 2nd one last year (both time the cage bent on very small impacts, i.e. walking next to the bike and hit a rock) but the guy at the shop told me they fixed this problem on the '07 version. And they did but something else breaks (this time it's the low setup screw that bent). I'm buying a last one. Going for a short cage this time and it will hopefully be compact enough to avoid hitting it but as soon as this one fails, I'm going for an all XT setup, period. SRAM you've already spent your last chance, if it wasn't that I need to change the shifters (and that I spent too much already), I'd buy an XT right away.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Deore, LX, XT

Bike Setup:   2006 Norco Six One

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Fort Meade, MD

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2007

Strengths:    Strong design, heavy spring tension makes down shifts very snappy

Weaknesses:    cage design is bulky, and tuning takes a lot of fiddling

Bottom Line:   
I got his derailleur in a package with X-9 cassette, RD, shifters and FD, fully intending to change out the entire drivetrain from my XT/LX setup. I have an older LX crank with a 42T big ring. The X-9 states the max capacity is 44T so I figured I'd be ok. With the Cage set at about 5mm over the big ring when in the big ring the inside of the cage hits the middle ring. To fix this I had to mount the FD even higher. By mounting higher I could get it to work after about an hour of tweaking, but found shifts were very sloppy. This FD probably works great with a 44t big ring, but the exceptionally deep inner cage will cause anyone with a 42t the same problem I encountered. I switched back to my XT and had no problems.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   X-9 triggers, RD, LX crank, and now back to XT FD

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Spugnardi a Cross Country Rider from Grand Forks, ND

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2007

Strengths:    Easily adjustable. Plastic insert holds derailleur in large cog position for easy installation (Shimano uses an insert that serves the same purpose). Very sturdy design.

Weaknesses:    The cable offset using the top pull derailleur could be a problem for some setups. In order for the outer cage to clear the large cog (without alteration), the derailleur must be installed high and can cause the chain to drag along the bottom of the derailleur cage. For this reason the outter cage must be altered to ensure an optimized fit.

Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased with my purchase of SRAM's X.9 front derailleur and prefer it to the Shimano XT derailleur I was using previously. Although the design of the derailleur wouldn't win a style contest when compared to Shimano's F/D's that "hide" behind the chainrings (if you are unfamiliar with Shimano's F/D's find a picture online and you will understand what I am referring to), it is a very sturdy, well made product that shifts accurately and quickly once setup correctly. I did find though, with my own setup, the outer cage of the derailleur needed to be modified to match the curvature of the chainring and minimize chainrub in smaller gear combinations. Another benefit of this alteration is that it increases the smoothness and accuracy of shifting. With that said, if you lack the confidence needed to alter (grind) a brand new derailleur look else where. Overall a great product!

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Favorite Trail:   maah daah hey

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Online retailer

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Donnie Anderson a Weekend Warrior from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2007

Strengths:    Actually works

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Installation was a snap. I love the plastic insert to hold the derailler in high gear so you can line it up, space the cage to the big chainring leaving a 1mm gap or using a penny. Love the high mount...assuming it fits your frame.

The limit screws actually work so tuning was a joke. I also have a trim on my front gripshift so it works flawless.

With Shimano it was nothing but headaches. The H limit never works. The H limit is on the left instead of the right were it should be. And using a penny as a spacer when installing is no good, you need to do trial and error, and keep raising the derailler till you get the clearance you need. A 1-3mm gap is never enough.

Compared to SHimano the SRAM front derailler is awesome. The rear is jsut as good, and the gripshifts rock. Never tried SRAM triggers, since I'm a big gripshift fan. Overall the X.9's are a steal at their price. Especially the cheaper gripshifts compared to triggers. Highly recommend. If you're scared to jump from Shimano and try another brand like SRAM, go ahead you won't be disappointed.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   All Shimano Models Acera through XT.

Bike Setup:   Full X.9 with Gripshift

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by sacred a Cross Country Rider from toronto

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2006

Strengths:    stiff, strong. Very positive downshifting.

Weaknesses:    Plastic frame adapter fits very poorly. Shifting into big ring is very sluggish and unreliable.

Bottom Line:   
Disappointing. All the other SRAM stuff works great. I could not get reliable shifting into the big ring and the clamp with plastic adapters fit poorly. Chucked it and installed an old XT. It shifted perfectly without any screwing around. Finally, the instructions are written in annoying international cost reduction format that explains things poorly (Chinese translation?). But if you know XT it's same methodology.

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Favorite Trail:   tight&twisty

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   cambria

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT............

Bike Setup:   Superlight

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Elvis a Cross Country Rider from NC

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2005

Strengths:    H@LL yes this is the best der ive ever used!!!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Buy dump the Shimano crap holy cow im so happy with this front der....!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   sh_tmano


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2005

Strengths:    wider, stiffer pivots

Weaknesses:    a tad heavier than shimano

Bottom Line:   
This a good front derrailleur in design; it has wide pivots, very little play and very accessible limiter screws. The clamp sits higher up on the seattube than other front derrailleurs and will prevent you from using the seatpost waterbottle cage bolts.

One quible: the cable pull angle (for top pull) is off to the drive side of the frame; this is quite the opposite of older shimano FD where the pull was towards the nondriveside. As a result, frames with the FD cablestop brazed on to accomodate for shimano FD's will not fit very well with the SRAM xgen. the cable will rub against the inside the frame's cable stop.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   shimano FD up to XT

Bike Setup:   cross country hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marc Coen a Weekend Warrior from Sint-Gillis-Waas (Belgium)

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2004

Strengths:    Looks great, shifts better then XT, build very strong

Weaknesses:    a bit heavier then XT

Bottom Line:   
I now have an almost no-shimano bike (except for the pedals). The X-gen shift a lot smoother then the XT I had on my bike before. It also is easier to clean it. If you need to change your front derailleur, this would be a good choice. I will post a new review in a couple of months to see how it lasts in the long run. Pictures of the derailleur on my bike can be found here: http://gallery115397.fotopic.net/c341815.html

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   local shop in Belgium (Seaspeed)

Similar Products Used:   shimano LX, XT

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jekyll 1000, Sram 9.0 shorty shifters, X.9 rear Derailleur and X-Gen front, magura Louise FR brakes, mavic Crossmax SL wheels with IRC mythos XC II tires, RaceFace Cranks

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