Brought into the fold.
After spending its entire life in the shadows of the luminous XTR and XT drivetrains, SLX received an extensive overhaul for 2016 that raises the bar on the definition of a workhorse drivetrain. Still accessible to the self-sponsored cyclist, SLX now offers 11-speed capability and sleek new graphics, bringing it to a standard far above what the mid-range groupset previously knew. As one of the key players, the SLX RD-M7000 Rear Derailleur comes with a 41-teeth capacity and the option to be setup one-by or with a double crankset, with a more streamlined design just begging to be set up on your new terrain-gobbling trail bike.
Trickle-down technology didn't just stop at 11-speed. For the first time, SLX was also granted coveted Shadow RD+ distinction, which results in greater chain stability due to the addition of the Shadow stabilizing switch. The switch limits movement of the derailleur cage, thereby greatly lessening the likelihood of mid-ride chain drops. Over time, you'll be able to adjust the clutch tension to keep the cage in-place as normal wear-and-tear runs its course so you don't suffer a decrease in functionality.
Shimano also improved shift quality on the RD-M7000, tweaking the derailleur's design to result in shifts that are on average 20% easier to initiate than before. We know — trying to gauge a 20% drop in effort when you're steering your trail bike up a succession of spiraling switchbacks is almost impossible. We'd prefer to ride assured that each desperate gear drop on a climb and quick upshift heading into a descent will happen easier and more precisely than ever.
- 11-speed SLX rear derailleur brings XT-level functionality
- New streamlined design and updated graphics
- More stable, precise shifts and better chain retention
- Smoother transitions and less shift effort than ever
- Adjustable clutch tension for longevity
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Reviews & Community
Glad to see 11 speed in SLX
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
11 speed SLX seems to be the work horse of Shimano's 11 speed drive trains. While it may not be as light as XTR and have the super smooth shifting, it is nice to have the piece of mind when smashing through rocks that I do not have a carbon cage to worry about.
Much better then I expected
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The SLX rear derailleur's does shift cleaner than older XT products in the past. The clear advantage is Shimano's new clutch design to provide chain retention, so you can run a 1X configuration with a 11-46 cassette. If you like to get that derailleur, please let me know, and I should be able to help out.