Shimano SLX M662 9 Speed Rear Deraileur
New SLX, Tough, Aggressive and Light, for a modern mountain bike group. Deore LX, has been functionally re-designed into two groups: New SLX for MTB and new Deore LX for Trekking.
I have used this as well as the xt and xtr and think it definitely rivals the xt in shifting quality and rivals both in durability. A little heavier but excellent quality for the price. Good upgrade from a deore and great inexpensive back up to have on hand if on a road trip. Easy to dial in.
Killer deal price wise for the quality. Slx isn't the highest grade but for 60 dollars I am very pleased especially with the lack of 9 speed derailleurs on the market right now. Would recomend for sure.
Solid shifting and the Shadow profile is a big benefit on the trail. Bought this as a replacement for a roached XT Shadow. Just as crisp and almost half the price!
The SLX M662 deraileur has has a good feel, shifts well, and is easy to adjust. Being an SLX product, it is not the most durable, but overall it is a very good product. I would recommend this to anybody that doesn't want to drop $200 on a deraileur, but is looking for a solid, proven choice.