SRAM X7 Rear Derailleur Derailleur Review

3.91 out of 5
Weight: 263 grams
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January 17, 2016
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, set up and adjust. Except for one really big hit its been set it and forget it.

Cons: Not the most durable.

Recommendation: Can't complain too much because of price. Was a great upgrade when converting to a 1x10. Shifted great and still does most of the time now after a big hit separated the cage from the body. Got it back together but now its tweaked ever so slightly so its due for replacement. At the price I may buy 2.

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November 6, 2015
Model/Year: 2015

Pros: SRAM Quality
easy to adjust

Cons: A tad heavy for a mid level rear -D

Recommendation: I opted for the short cage version since I was converting my 3x9 to 1x9 and has worked flawlessly. No more chain slap and has crisp shifting up and down the cassette.

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May 27, 2015
Model/Year: 2006

Pros: Shifts fast, easy to adjust, and looks awesome in mat black.

Cons: Is not to durable... that's it!

Recommendation: Its good for anyone running a 9 or 10 speed that doesn't want to break the bank!

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December 17, 2013
Model/Year: 2010

Pros: Good shift speed, and smooth shifting transitions. Rode for 2 years on my reign and had no issues. Very durable, and good look with the smoke finish.

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December 17, 2012
Model/Year: Medium Cage 2010

Pros: - Immediate shifts
- Lightweight
- Cost

Cons: - Shifts are not crisp or smooth
- Weak and bends easily
- Not precise

Recommendation: You get what you pay for. The X7 isn't the smoothest or fastest (response) but it will get the job done. Something does have to be said for the cost as it comes in at a very reasonable price.

However, the arm isn't made out of the strongest metals and tends to bend which causes poor performance.

Ultimately it doesn't live up to real day abuse and should only be considered if your on a budget.

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December 12, 2012
Model/Year: 2011

Pros: Cheap!
Loud noisy shift that lets you immediately know you are in another gear. Some people seem to love this about SRAM derailleurs

Cons: Loud noisy shift that lets you immediately know you are in another gear. I don't really care for this feature in SRAM derailleurs.

Recommendation: Works well, especially given the price that these can be found for. If you can get over the noise (marketing hype calls it "direct shift"), it actually shifts pretty well and is easy to set up just like a decent RD should be.

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December 11, 2012
Pros: Strong
Shifts Great

Cons: None

Recommendation: I've been running this on my DH rig for 2 years. It always shifts great. I've never had to adjust anything on it. It's taken a few hits and still works like new. Cheap to buy as well. Great product!

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February 14, 2012
Pros: works great, shifts well under torque

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March 30, 2011
Pros: everything

Cons: non

Recommendation: butter shifts like butter bought my x7 setup from wheel world oem for 30 bucks. combined with all x7 setup shifts like a dream. i was talking with a sram rep at a local bike shop who said the only difference in x7 and x9 was that the 9 had 2 metal handles instead of 1. i cant believe shimano is still in business

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December 14, 2010
Pros: Not too heavy. Not too pricey. Strong for what you pay for.

Cons: Different to setup then shimano systems due to the accuation ratio (not really a con, just something you need to learn to do). No matter what I do, I can get this derailleur to shift flawlessly on 8 out of 9 gears. There's always one trouble maker.

Recommendation: Good derailleur for the price, but the X9, X0 and XX derailleurs are in another league.

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SRAM X7 Rear Derailleur 3.91 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.