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Shimano MTB Component Hierarchy

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Shimano MTB Component Hierarchy

This is a list of the most common Shimano MTB components in a hierarchical order.
Note: Many Hybrids use entry level MTB components as well.


No. Component Description Level
1

Shimano SIS

The most basic of the categories
Used on entry level bicycles
Lowest cost
Entry
2

ShimanoTourney

Entry level.
Used on basic hybrids and commuting bicycles
Low cost
Entry
3

Shimano Altus

Improved shifting.
Integrated brakes and levers also available
Smooth shifting
Entry/Mid
4

Shimano Acera


Efficient shifters, levers and function
Good Value
Entry/Mid
5

Shimano Alivio

Basic for Off Roading
Sleek looks
Improved Shifters
Mid Range
6

Shimano Deore

Mid Range
Light Weight
Improved Shifting
Mid Range
7

Shimano SLX

Strong and Rigid
Consistent shifting performance
High quality and low weight
Intermediate
8

Shimano Deore XT

Improved Stability
Ease of Adjustment
Intermediate
9

Shimano Zee

Low profile design for stability
Silent functioning
Short Cage

Pro
10

Shimano Saint

Meant solely for Down Hill
Extreme Durability
Pro
11

Shimano Deore XTR

Top of the line component
Extreme precision and durability
Light and Smooth
Pro

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By Satish Narayanan

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