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Shimano XTR M972 Shadow 9 Speed Rear Mech

Top-Normal return for precision up shifting and emergency downshifting. Preferred by traditional and gravity riders: Best matched with RAPIDFIRE Plus. The low-profile SHADOW design is intended for more aggressive riding, offering more clearance with no chain stay contact.


  • Shimano Shadow RD
  • Low profile design
  • No chainstay contact
  • Direct cable routing
  • Stronger return springs
  • Top-Normal return spring (conventional)
  • Shadow features a super low profile design that reduces the risk of damage from trail side hazards
  • Single tension spring prevents contact with the chainstay resulting in a silent ride
  • Direct cable routing prevents snagging from any trail side hazards
  • Full carbon fiber inner and outer pulley cages
  • Cold forged alloy links and pivot body's leads to lower weight without compromising strength and durability


  • Model No: RD-M972
  • Pulley Cage: GS/SGS
  • Speeds: 9
  • Spring Type: Top-Normal
  • Max Front Difference: 22T
  • Total Capacity: 33T/45T
  • Max Rear Sprocket: 34T
  • Min. Rear Sprocket: 11T
  • Direct Attachment: Yes
  • Fluoric Coated Link Bushings: 4
  • GS cage should be used with single and double chainsets only
  • Weight: 182 g for SGS

A 2 year warranty is offered with all Shimano products from Chain Reaction Cycles (3 years on Dura-Ace and XTR products).

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