2006 SRAM X-0 Rear Derailleur

My trusted 2006 X.0
My trusted 2006 X.0

I know what you’re thinking…why would Mike review an ancient 2006 model SRAM X0, when all the talk is about the new 2011 2×10 group? Here’s why:

* This X0 is the stock derailleur on my 2006 Fuel EX9
* I’ve ridden 2,417 miles with the X0 at my side
* The X0 survived one bent hanger incident
* Only three adjustments from the X-9 trigger shifter needed. That’s it.

It’s unbelievable that a four year old derailleur with over 2,417 miles (yes, I keep track of every mile on every bike, making note of when new parts are installed) is still shifting strong and smooth. This rear derailleur has been the most maintenance-free derailleur I have ever owned, or even heard about. Even after I bent the hanger out exploring some rugged primitive singletrack, I just replaced the hanger — keeping the cable attached — one adjustment and the X-0 is shifting smooth.

The X-0 has never let me down, never slipped or caused me any grief on the trail. And I’ve banged it up pretty good, even buried it in the sand. It is scratched and bruised to no end, yet it keeps on shifting.

Maybe I got lucky, or just maybe SRAM makes an incredibly durable rear derailleur. I’m pretty sure it’s SRAM. Thanks for all the shift you’ve given me over the last 4 years.

Let’s hope the new stuff holds up as well as the old stuff.

Bruised and beaten but never fails
Bruised and beaten but never fails.

4 thoughts on “2006 SRAM X-0 Rear Derailleur

  • May 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I just broke my XO rear last night. Not sure what happened but it snapped in half. I need to get another. To be honest with you I don’t really know the difference in what the long, medium, and short cage is. Does anyone know the pro’s and cons? I had a long cage on there?

  • May 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I have a 2005 X.0 that has almost 15,000 miles on it (same with my CK hubs). It’s been on 4 different bikes and still show’s no signs of giving up. As for the newer stuff, I have had 08-09 XO’s and they are not nearly as durable as the originals.

  • April 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Same story with my 2008 X.9 rear derailleur. Similar mileage too. More dependable than any Shimano rear derailleur I’ve owned.

  • April 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    What is your take on 2×10 stuff? Do you think that trailbikes along the lines of the Trek Fuels and Stumjumpers will see this in 2011 models?

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