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#14 out of 77 Derailleur
Brand: Shimano



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Q: which one is better alivio rd or altus rd
A: Alivio is better than Altus however both of these derailleurs are not high end.

Q: can it replace altus
A: Yes. Alivio is an upgrade to Altus. You might have to swap out your chain though.

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  • ChuckEastwood
    *****

    If you are looking for a inexpensive derailer this is worth a look. I have been using this one for 2 or 3 years with a mix of commuting and trail. Had to replace the jockey wheels once but Thats just normal wear

    Pros
    Shifts smooth. Durable. Don't have to adjust very often. Cheap. I purchased this derailer several years ago to replace the shimano tourney that my bike came factory with. It was a huge improvement.

    Cons
    None that I have found for the price

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  • MojoJowo
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    Buy this on your way up to Deore SLX or XT

    Pros
    Mostly set it and forget it
    Deals well with mud
    Durable springs and pivots

    Cons
    Keeps missing 8th gear no matter how much i tune it

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  • Joel DH
    ****

    Pros
    Smooth, simple, relatively inexpensive. I really like this shifter.

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  • talonbiker99
    *****

    I like this rear derailleur very much. It shifts very well going up hills, and performs well. Just BTW, it will work much better and last a lot longer if you keep it cleaned and greased.

    Pros
    -Very smooth shifting
    -Great durability
    -Long lasting

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  • dsycz
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    The derailleur is not bad if you have it stock on your bike. It takes some time to fine tune it. If you want better performance than spend some more money on the higher end models.

    Pros
    Smooth shifting
    Ability to fine tune

    Cons
    It takes some time to fine tune it
    Not very effective after riding on bumpy singletrack after a while. Frequently requires adjustment

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  • JacksPerson
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    This derailuer came stock on a Gary Fisher I aquired. It worked well enough for lite road and logging road/ rails trails riding, but when it comes to real trails it performs subpar to other models available. An upgrade would do wonders for your riding.

    Pros
    - inexpensive
    - durable

    Cons
    - shirt cage
    - needs a lot of adjusting
    - needs a lot of feathering to find the gears.

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  • Jarrett.morgan
    ****

    Works well enough for what I do, but it needs tuning fairly often. When it becomes dirty or muddy you can feel it working harder.

    Pros
    Cost effective, durable, and works well.

    Cons
    Needs frequent adjustment.

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  • Corey Maddocks
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    This came stock on my Specialized Rockhopper and gave me no issues. I ended up with an 'extra' XT when I built my full suspension bike and gave this to a friend. It is still chugging along on his bike, several years later now.

    Pros
    Cheap.
    Works ok.

    Cons
    Cheap.
    Nothing really bad. It worked fine for me.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    This derailleur provides reasonable performance in an affordable package, but isn't as durable or as crisp as a nicer XT derailleur

    Pros
    Cheap

    Cons
    Not as durable as some nicer derailleurs

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  • singletrakkiller
    *****

    great shifts very well for a lower end rear derailleur

    Pros
    shifts fast cheap

    Cons
    nothing

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  • GoldenGoose
    ***

    For the sub $20 that these can normally be found, they are a great deal. Not the best that Shimano makes but not marketed that way either. Great starter derailleur or cheap replacement solution.

    Pros
    Cheap as it comes. Great for casual rides. Works as expected.

    Cons
    Weaker spring than higher models. Heavier. No short cage option. Jockey wheels spin with much higher friction. Needs a lot of attention to keep it smooth.

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  • Romain
    *****

    There is no need to own first class derailleur. The quality of the Alivio replies to almost all conditions you could meet. The maintenance is very limited... one spray of WD40 before the ride... That's it!

    Pros
    Riding a Trek 4300 since more than 4 years, I've never had any issue with the Alivio! Precise, efficient and robust!

    Cons
    It is so good so, I ve never had to adjust it :)

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  • ||BerryPropel&MyTransX2||

    Good for people new to mtb and people that dont know anything about tuning derailleurs and people with small budget

    Pros
    Decent gear switch speed
    Decent Price

    Cons
    Needs alot of attenion
    I have to re tune it almost after every ride
    low-quality
    cant take the usual mtb beating and because of that beating and elements , it doesnt last to long and cant take miss calculated rock hops or slight mess ups and breaks quiet easily

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  • SouthernRebel
    ****

    Good for starting out in mtb.

    Pros
    Works as can be expected from a lower end Shimano derailleur. Haven't had any major problems at all, just needs adjustments from time to time.

    Cons
    Adjustments and lower quality.

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  • spazjensen
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    This is a good first timer all around derailleur.

    Pros
    Provides smooth shifting, and very rigid

    Cons
    Requires alot of attention in regards to tuning.

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