As its name might suggest, Shimano intends the XTR FC-M9020-2 2x Trail Crankset for off-road cyclists who require beefy gear because they literally hit the trail when they hit the trail. It's a built-up version of Shimano's Race crankset, made to stay stiff and sturdy when you're riding the ragged edge on trail furniture island.
The Trail cranks aren't a step down, efficiency-wise. They're underwritten by the same HollowTech II crank arm technology, they're just not quite as hollow as the Race models. The chainrings also have chain-retaining titanium teeth with shifting paths and ramps designed to facilitate the precise shifting you expect from XTR.
- Reinforced alloy construction to stand up to enduro abuse
- HollowTech II design keeps the crank arms light
- Tooth shape promotes chain retention on the ragged edge
- Compatible with XRT M9000 chainrings
- Q & A
The Best Keeps Getting Better
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After riding on a 1x setup for a while I went back to a 2x. The XTR M9020 2x Trail crank looks better in person than in photos but I'm not a huge fan of the looks of the chainring-crank interface (however do not feel that takes away from the actual performance of the product to reduce any amount of stars in the rating). Aesthetics aside the crankset is lightweight and mighty stiff. The chainrings also shift flawlessly to the point it feels almost as effortless as Di2. As an added bonus this crankset can be run either 1x or 2x.