We'll admit: the thought of ditching our granny gear forever in favor of a one-by setup always sounds great from the couch. Predictably, our enthusiasm begins to wane as we hop on our trail bikes and start pedaling, with our optimism dropping precipitously when we hit our first of several nausea-inducing climbs. If this inner debate has made building up your new dream bike more complicated than you expected, we'd recommend taking a look at Shimano's all-new SLX drivetrain. The SLX FD-M7025-D 2x11 Front Derailleur will save you a granny gear while still working expertly with the geometry of your modern long-travel enduro frame.
Stubby chainstays and energetic rear triangles define the modern trail and enduro frames appearing on the trails as of late, and Shimano took these geometry trends into consideration when redesigning SLX from top-to-bottom, giving it greater tire clearance with these bikes in mind. This direct-mount front derailleur will sit cleanly against your frame, offering improved shifts for a more consistent ride as you step up to the big ring ahead of a smooth descent or drop gears quickly while approaching a wall. Besides improved functionality, the FD-M7025 also features the same sleek aesthetics as the rest of the groupset, an overall look inspired by its XT and XTR siblings.
- A 2x11 mountain derailleur with loads of trickle-down tech
- Built to integrate with modern frame geometries
- Precise, quick shifting for a smooth ride
- Longevity from Shimano's improved workhorse groupset