SRAM X9 Rear Derraileur

You may recall a few weeks ago my derailleur hanger sheared throwing the rear derailleur up into the wheel and causing me to do a quick trail bodge and single speed it all the way back to the car.

Derailleur tangled in wheel 
Thankfully the damage wasn't too bad, there is a slight bend in one of my spokes which I'll replace over time, however the cage of the X7 derailleur got bent.  I was able to straighten it out back at home and make it functional.  I had however been eyeing an upgrade for some time and this gave me the perfect excuse.
SRAM X9 rear derailleur, KMC Chain & new cable

The X7 derailleur had been a good servant however wherever possible when something breaks I try to replace it with something at least a step up and there was only $10-15 difference between the X7 and X9 I went for the X9.  With everything apart it made sense to install a new cable, I also sourced a new 10 speed chain.
The finished install in all its glory

All is now well with the world and I'm ready to get back on the trails!  I'll keep the updates coming as I get a feel for the performance of the X9.


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