Alive and well.
When Shimano introduced a full-scale redesign to its workhorse SLX drivetrain, the brand kept double and triple cranksets in the lineup and transitioned the entire groupset over to 11-speed. Contrary to what the Internet might have you believe, the front derailleur is alive and well; in the case of the SLX FD-M7025-H 2x11 Front Derailleur, it's equipped to get along effortlessly with changing frame geometries and longer travel trail bikes. Paired with the sleek graphics and top-to-bottom upgrade to SLX, the FD-M7025 represents a significant upgrade and a versatile addition to your frame.
Versatility isn't necessarily a word we'd reach for to describe every front derailleur in the SLX lineup, but in the case of the FD-M7025, the dual-pull design gives you freedom to route cables either way you'd like. Shimano also built it to integrate cleanly with the stubbier chainstays and energetic rear triangles on the latest trail and enduro frames, giving it staying power and increased clearance as tire size continues to grow. Though SLX has always provided dependable shifts, this year, Shimano cleaned up the shifting action and power in the style of SLX's pricier sibling, XT. You'll have smoother transitions and cleaner steps between your big and small rings with a flick of the lever, your days of heavy-handed, hope-for-the-best shifting over for good.
- 2x11 front derailleur built for modern frame geometry
- Quick, precise shifting improved for 2016
- Dual-pull design allows for top or bottom cable routing