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is shimano deore any good?

tamtruk1tamtruk1 Posts: 191
edited July 2008 in MTB buying advice
hi all is basic deore kit any good?
its a set of shiters inc front and rear mech https://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=prod ... egoryId=84
at £40 quid it seems a bargain to me?
even if it will only last 6 months it gives my wallet some time to recover after its recent kicking lol
o will mostly be road use with light xc

thanks rob

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  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Deore is the standard workhorse of the Shimano range, found on bikes from £400+. Good quality & long life.
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  • tamtruk1tamtruk1 Posts: 191
    thats all i needed to know ill buy it now then!!
    thanks
    ps is a normal shimano cassete and chain ok too?
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Shimano cassette yes, but a lot of folks (myself included) use a Sram chain. What speed cassette are you using with this set up?
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  • tamtruk1tamtruk1 Posts: 191
    was just going to use a standard 9 speed
    all tho is there a good reason to pick a 8 speed?
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    I highly recommend an XT cassette (best value for weight, 100g lighter than Deore Cassette) with a Sram PC 951 or PC 971 chain.

    No reason to go 8 spd, go 9 spd, just wondered for recommendations ;)
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  • tamtruk1tamtruk1 Posts: 191
    thanks for your help andy will get them on oredr now :D

    rob
  • batch78batch78 Posts: 1,320
    Deore mechs are fine, I agree, cheap shimano casettes are not though, buy a sram casette and chain, my srams lasted nearly twice as long as the shimano bits now.
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Sram cassette's are heavier & don't shift as smoothly as Shimano.
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  • Will SnowWill Snow Posts: 1,154
    8 speed generally is more mud resistant, as everything is slightly wider spaced. seven speed is even better!!
    i ride a hardtail
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    But with 7 & 8 speed you have larger jumps between the gear ratio's ;)

    Plus 7 & 8 speed high end parts* don't really exist any more, unless you get lucky!

    *XT/XTR etc
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  • Will SnowWill Snow Posts: 1,154
    aye aye, very true. ive got an 8 speed XT shifter which i fully intend to keep forever. cnat say the big gaps between ratios really ever bothered me though, even on my 7 speed
    i ride a hardtail
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