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Shimano Shimano RD-M981 XTR 10-Speed Shadow Design Rear Derailleur £99.98
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Shimano RD-M981 XTR 10-Speed Shadow Design Rear Derailleur
Shimano RD-M981 XTR 10-Speed Shadow Design Rear Derailleur
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Shimano have been responsible for a number of revolutions in bike drivetrains, with each incarnation of their top flight MTB groupset moves the game on, refining even the small details and addressing any criticisms to produce something that is without doubt more than the sum of it's parts. Whilst Shimano's XT and SLX lines are rightly lauded for offering broadly similar levels of performance, there is something just that bit special about the Flagship XTR group; perhaps it's the new and visually stunning hi-polished aluminium finish or the inclusion of exotic materials such as titanium and a dash of carbon on this rear mech, but regardless XTR has an appeal which is backed up by flawless and cohesive performance out on the trail.

The M980 rear derailleur has been built around Shimano's new Dyna-Sys 10 speed drivetrain standard and is designed to use the directional M980 HG-X chain; with 2 cage length options dependant on whether you want to run a 3x10, 2x10 or even 1x10 setup. The familiar 'Shadow' low profile design architecture keeps the derailleur and it's carbon pulley cage closely tucked in to prevent impact damage from trail hazards whilst also eliminating chainstay contact and trail chatter, similarly the direct cable routing prevents snagging.

Exceptional levels of stiffness are a result of widely braced and cold forged alloy links and combine with the strong return spring and florine coated link pin bushings to give the slickest and most precise shifting action possible, whilst a modified cable pull-ratio (which requires the same pressure regardless of the position on the cassette) helps resist the effects of cable contamination to maintain shift quality for longer.

Capacity: Medium GS 35T, Long SGS 41T
Weight: Medium GS 175g, Long SGS 177g

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