We know that SLX is still technically considered Shimano's workhorse mountain drivetrain, efficient and affordable. It's never been known as the sexiest or lightest groupset, but has filled its niche admirably up until now. After the overhaul Shimano introduced this year, however, we're not how to refer to it anymore. SLX still technically sits beneath XTR and XT, but after receiving a host of trickle-down technology and an impressive makeover, the groupset has significantly raised the bar of what "workhorse" means.
Shimano didn't leave any part of the groupset untouched, and as such, the SLX M7000 1x Chainring received its own host of exciting modifications to interact expertly with the new 1x11 SLX Crankset. Now featuring the same Dynamic Chain Engagement (DCE) tooth profile as its XTR and XT chainring siblings, the 1x Chainring boasts dramatically better chain retention than its predecessors. The teeth grab onto your chain fiercely, but do so without dragging you down, and their stainless steel construction offers improved durability and longevity befitting of their Shimano pedigree.
- One-by mountain chainring boasting trickle-down technology
- Improved chain retention and longevity from redesigned teeth
- Sleek, XT-inspired aesthetics look clean on any frame
- Q & A
Fits My XT Cranks
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Works well at a slight weight penalty (can't tell) over XT ring.
The go to for 1X SLX conversions
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought this ring to convert the SLX drivetrain on my Girlfriend's trail bike. for the price, the quality and appearance is fantastic. the 30t offers the perfect ratio with her 11-46 cassette, and was a cheap way to drop that annoying front der.
I installed the 30t chainring on my wife's bike to give her a little easier gear to ride. It is paire with an 11-42T cassette and it provides an excellent gear range for novice riders.