Shimano XTR M900 1995



3 Reviews

Brand: Shimano
Category: Front Derailleurs

Description: This is the high-end, industry standard as front mountain bike changers go. The XTR front is positioned to create for mountain bikes what the Dura Ace parts are to Road bikes, a functionally fine, cosmetically exquisite front derailleur. The XTR has forged aluminum alloy clamp and link pieces, which are riveted to the chrome plated steel cage. The cable fastening link arm on the XTR is anodized to a Blue-Grey. The New Contoured chain guide, (cage), is made of steel for long wear and has a few well placed horizontal folds to act like corrugation and add rigidity to it. The cage is held together at the rear by a removable screw. Removing this screw permits the XTR to taken off the bike for repair or replacement without breaking the chain. This changer will work with any multi-speed chain and dutifully shift across a 6, 7, or 8 speed rear gear range. It has the adjustable return spring, made of a rotating steel cam that applies more or less pressure to the return spring, so the force it uses moving the chain to the small chainrings can be adjusted. The cam adjusting screws to adjust the throw of the cage are accessed from the top-downward near the clamp. The cable fastening bolt is the same as the one used in the Dura-Ace front and replaceable by the SRP Titanium at a 1.5 gram weight reduction. The clamp bolt is the same for all models of the XTR, having a 5mm by .8mm pitch and a 14mm length. The 3 gram steel original can be exactly replaced by the SRP Ti clamp bolt at a 1 gram savings. It comes in three sizes of clamp diameter; 28.6mm (1 1/8"), 31.8mm (1 1/4"), and 34.9mm, (1 3/8" band style). This front derailleur is also made in a top-pull model, in all sizes. The XTR front has a 26 tooth capacity. The cage turns on sealed pivot pins. Intended for triple chainring cranks, a 5mm hex wrench is the only tool needed for installation and cable fastening. With it's beautiful aluminum finish work, the 1 1/8" XTR bottom pull weighs 120 grams, the 1 1/4" weighs 120.5 grams, while the 1 3/8" bottom pull weighs 129.5 grams.

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Freshie Reviewer

" Better than XTR FD-M950/960/970 "


Overall Rating
Reviewed on: 20th Jun 2020 from United States

The Review
Smooth, buttery shifting and reliability. Too bad Shimano don\'t make them like this anymore. Expect to pay HIGH Vintage prices for this part now...

Duration of product used
More than 3 years
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Filthy Rich Rider

" True Classic XTR "


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Reviewed on: 26th Feb 2007 from Singapore

The Review
This FD probably had seen a few years of usage prior to me picking it up 2nd hand in 1997. I managed to run it for another 6 years until switching to a 9 speed drivetrain. Apart of visible scuffing on the plates, it is still perfectly functional (until I find that missing cable bolt). A true classic.

Strengths
A piece of artwork.

This baby had lasted a decade and is still sitting in my drawer.

Weaknesses
You can't use it on 9 speed drivetrains or granny rings smaller than 26T if you can find one of these FD now.

Duration of product used
More than 3 years

Bike Setup
Giant NRS Al and the Anthem.

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Tons of Shimano FDs
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Filthy Rich Rider

" Beautifully made "


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Reviewed on: 25th Feb 2007 from Singapore

The Review
if you got some spare cash and can find one of these beauties, buy it. It works perfectly, and the quality is unmatched.

Strengths
beautiful polished finish
strong
smooth

Weaknesses
heavier
not cheap
easily scratched

Duration of product used
2 years

Bike Setup
Litespeed Ocoee '97

Similar Products Tried
newer XTR, XT, DA, 105
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