As a person of fairly limited means, Shimano's SLX has been my favourite groupset for some time. It's got most of the performance and features of XT and even XTR, weighs a little bit more but is hugely cheaper. I have bikes with posh stuff on, but the SLX-equipped one gets out the most – I'm not paranoid about tearing a derailleur off and I don't mind putting gritty miles onto the cassette because it doesn't cost enough to feed a family for a month.
So the announcement of the spangly new 2013 SLX is of some interest. Here it is in full:
And here are all the bits:
Chainsets will come in double or triple versions, with the double now being a “proper” 24/38 rather than just a triple without a big ring. The triple runs Shimano's Dyna-Sys close-ratio 24/32/42 setup.
So there you go. Nothing all that radical, perhaps, but it's got most of the good stuff from further up the heirarchy. We'll have to wait and see how pricing works out, but it's bound to be affordable.