Category: Shimano Deore XT

Shimano old school cantilever brakes BR-M732 and BR-MT62

The silver brake is a Shimano BR-MT62 Deore II cantilever brake, the black brake is a Shimano BR-M732 Deore XT cantilever brake. As you notice, the parts number is different even though the only difference is the color, black and silver.
Actually the silver brake is from an older group set I think and the black [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on May 29th, 2010, 11:10 pm by Retro mountain biker  4 comments   

Bombproof Shimano Deore II BL-MT63 cantilever brake levers

These Simano Deore II two finger brake levers are the proper old school brake lever of choice for any serious MTB around the beginning of the 90′ies. They most surely look like boat anchors today, and yes compared to the latest KCNC 45 gram brake levers these ARE boat anchors. But back in the day [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on May 29th, 2010, 11:02 pm by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano M730 Deore XT seatpost – not pathetic genuine rare and vintage

Shimano makes seatpost, may come as news to somebody. Well at least they used to, I do not know if they produce seatposts anymore under the Shimano label but the old school posts was robust and relatively nice looking parts.
The black Shimano M730 seatpost has a simple one bolt saddle clamp system that is not [...]

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Posted in Seatposts, Shimano Deore XT on Nov 14th, 2009, 1:40 pm by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano SL-M732 Deore XT 7-speed thumbshifter

These days there are quite a lot of freak mobiles around – and people seem proud to ride them. Back in the day, the thought of running a 29 inch front and 26 rear wheels was unthinkable, maybe a 26 front and 24 rears but nobody continued doing that.
There are some rumours that there were [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Aug 24th, 2009, 9:48 am by Retro mountain biker  3 comments   

Shimano SL-M730 Deore XT thumb shifter

This is a single Shimano thumbshifter for the front derailleur. If you are asking where the other thumbshifter is I am sorry to say I do not know.
I bought this one because I had a right thumbshifter, but when I received it I noticed that they where not of the same model number (how stupid [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Aug 19th, 2009, 11:15 pm by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

Shimano PD-M735 mountain bike pedals

Shimano killed the conventional clipless pedal when they released clipless pedals for the MTB in the SPD system. But even after SPD system where released they quietly released these Shimano Deore XT PD-M735 platform pedals.
Clipless pedals ala SPD might be scary, but they actually improve your pedalling efficiency, ironically they might also be a bit [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Aug 18th, 2009, 9:57 pm by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

Exploded XT rear gear changer

I was cleaning the Shimano Deore XT rear mech a couple of years ago and snapped this photo of it in pieces, quite a lot of different parts that make up the rear derailleur I think.
I have been doing this kind of work on rear derailleur some times so it is more routine work, a [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Jun 16th, 2009, 9:44 am by Retro mountain biker     

Shimano BL-MT63 Deore II cantilever brake levers

These two pairs of Shimano cantilever brakes are the original high-performance brakes of the 80′ies before low profile brakes became the norm.
As you can see one pair is in black the other is in silver, originally the Deore XT group was available in two colors, hubs, seatpost and cranks came in either black or silver IIRC.

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Jun 10th, 2009, 2:54 pm by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

Shimano ST-M091 RapidFire brake shift lever

Much can be said about these Shimano Deore XT RapidFire brake and shift levers. They are the precesors to the RapidFire plus shifters and where hot debate back in the day if they where such a better shifter than a thumbshifter.

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on Jun 9th, 2009, 11:02 pm by Retro mountain biker  11 comments   

Shimano Deore XT FD-M735 front derailleur

There have been attempts at replacing the traditional front derailleur with different types of mechanical devices, still such front derailleurs such as this Shimano Deore XT FD-M735 front derailleur still managed to establish itself as the industry standard type.
Why then?
Such derailleurs are reasonable light and they are dependable, even when the riding condition is nasty [...]

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Posted in Shimano Deore XT on May 12th, 2009, 11:05 am by Retro mountain biker  1 comment   

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