Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bike Tech: Shimano 10 Speed System Review

When I repainted my old frame and fork into an Iron Man Bicycle, the logical thing to do is to build it with a new drive train. The Shimano 10-speed system is the most logical choice since I have tried 9-speed system in my other bicycle.

Drive Train:
Shifter: Shimano SLX 
The Shimano M660 SLX Shifter system is chosen because of good user reviews. The good thing about the SLX is that you can select the front shifter to 2 chainring option.
Crank: Shimano Deore 3 ring
Deore is an entry level MTB marque, suited for my style. I have used a Mega 9 Deore crank and I have no complaints about it.
Cogs: Shimano SLX 10 speed.
The XT version is unavailable thus my choice is the SLX. The ten speed cogs comes in 11-13-15-17-19-21-24-28-32-36 teeth configuration. Since I will be running 2x10 setup, I opted for the larger 36 tooth version.
Chain: Shimano SLX
It was said that the SLX is a better choice due to resistance to rust. I have never used an SLX chain before.
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Dynasis
The XT rear derailleur got great reviews, that is why I will use it again.
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Bang for the buck, the Deore front derailleur is a good choice for budget riders like me.

Testing the performance.
Tagaytay - Casile is a good test route to evaluate the performance of the set up. Climbs and flats will test the shifting of the derailleurs as well as how the drive train reacts under load.
On climbs: from kilometer 16 to kilometer 27, the drivetrain shows no signs of stress. It is easier to pedal thus making the use of granny gear unnecessary.
On flats: the crank and cog gear ratio is optimized to run on flats.

Overall impression:
Great performance and works well. Balancing cost with good functionality.