a review by By Guy Kesteven
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There's a real split in current Shimano groups between the punchy feel and styling of XTR and Deore XT, and the more soft focus operation of Deore LX and Deore. No surprise then that the new SLX group brings a lot of Shimano's latest technologies to a mid-price group, while adding several new ideas to the mix too.
So to recap, new SLX is:
* About the same weight as current Deore LX, but with a tougher build, snappier all round performance and much meaner aesthetics.
* Shadow rear mech, sharp shifting two way Rapidfire, Servo Wave braking and 20mm front axle options drop down from Deore XT.
* SLX debuts new 36/22 double chainset and dedicated front mech designs, plus a revised brake lever shape.
* The Shadow rear mech, reinforced 'double strength' crank with polished face mean SLX has the potential to build up as a seriously tough grouptest without destroying your bank balance.
* It's also possibly a hint of things to come higher up the 'extreme groupset' hierarchy later in the year.