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In this post we’re going to delve into Shimano components. Why Shimano? Well, this are probably the most popular kind of bicycle component on the market, available in just about every bike shop you can find. High (and low) quality, well-price, and accessbile, sounds great. BUT, knowing what kind of Shimano components to buy can be complicated. Shimano has sets of components with names and we’re going to try and simplify it all right here and now. We’ll divide the components into MOUNTAIN and ROAD.
Mountain- These components are designed for mountain use which means they are usually heavier and stronger. They are able to take abuse and continue functioning at peak performance.
Entry-level Mountain Component Group:
Deore. This group of components is considered to be entry-level. This package of components would be found on most of the cheaper stock bikes you see at your bike shop. It is designed for recreational riders and should not seriously be considered as an option for your long-haul tour. Most of the components in this package are made of aluminum.
Shimano Deore LX- This is the next step up on the Shimano component ladder. This package is designed for cross-country riding and trekking. It is still consider to be an entry-level component set. The weight on this set is less than the regular Deore, and the crankset is improved. Consider this as ‘decent’ or ‘somewhat acceptable’ for your long-haul tour.
Mid-level Mountain Component Group:
Deore XT– The XT component package starts to offer some higher quality products to riders. You get an imporved rear derailleur, better quality parts in the crankset, and more weight reduction in some of the parts. Shimano says that this is the line to go with if you want superior performance without serious money. This is true.
High-level Mountain Component Group:
SLX- This is the top of the line. Designed for hardcore professional racers, the SLX components are very lightweight, extremely well crafted and designed, and expensive. Almost not even worth considering these options unless they happen to be on sale and you just won the lottery. We will put up some price comparisons shortly, so look for them by the end of the weekend. I think it’d be safe to stick around the LX and XT level components for your bicycle tour, but it’s up to you.
The Shimano road component packages and price comparisons are coming up soon, stay tuned and donate or pledge towards the Set Sail the Prairie on a Surly cause. Your dollars go to the Mercy Corps who is currently working in countries along the route. Cheers.