Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous No Regrets
Gear ratios are perfect for a 29er coupled with 11-36 cassette. Absolutely no regrets.
14 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Superb All Round
Moved up from the 9 speed version of this crank for my 29er build. Gear ratios are perfect for a 29er coupled with 11-36 out back - rarely use the outer ring unless on the road. I think this version looks better than the newer M785 too.
14 May 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous You can't ask for better
I had to jump in when I saw this had a couple of negative reviews. Seriously? I've been racing and riding for over 20 years and while I've bought bikes with different cranksets, I always come back to Shimano. You just can't beat them for reliability and value for money. Sure you can shell out 2X the $$ for XTR if you want. Or go for carbon and ceramic bearings. For just 4X the $$ you might even shave 70 grams. But I'm willing to bet, that stuff will pack it in a long time before good ol' XT. As far as cranksets go - and groupsets for that matter, stop wasting time obsessing over it, get XT and get out on the trails.
08 January 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous could be better
I have one of this on my orbea rallon. It came with three chain rings 24/32/42 teeth. If you want to use this with all three chain rings in the front it is very good, cant ask for more realy. But if you want to do like me and remove the largest ring and place a bash guard insteds, to go for a 2 by 10, it is not that good, for one resone. You will find your self out of gears prety soon with only a front 32 and an 11 on the rear, and this model does not have a 36 teeth for sale on the market, so you will be stuck with the 32. That is why I give it only a three star. I hope one day shimano will offer a 36t for this model too, then it would be a true 5 star
09 December 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Light and superb shifting
Firstly, to PETER's review, you are a complete idiot... The chain ring sizes are options when buying this chainset (i.e. you can buy whatever ring sizes you want to run).
Secondly, for the last 2 years I have been using RaceFace Deus XC chainset (XT front mech, XTR carbon rear mech) and had always had problems with bad shifting and flimsy chainrings, but for some reason I put up with the RaceFace because I prefer the RaceFace crank arm design.
What a mistake that has proven to be; this chainset shifts so much better than the RaceFace and isn't as noisy either (less wear to chain rings). Now running a full XT drivetrain and couldn't be happier, should have done this years ago!
05 September 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous XT 10 Speed - useless
Just bought a Shimano 10-speed MTB set up. I focussed on the 11-36 cassette assuming I would get a wider range of gears but I didn't notice that the crank set only has 24/32/36 not the usual 9 speed 22/32/44. The ten speed is worse both in granny ring and the outer ring, i.e it is worse at climbing and worse on road or downhill as you can't go as fast. There really is no point in moving to 10-speed as it is more expensive and wears quicker. I'll be throwing mine away and going back to a 9-speed set up.
19 June 2011
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