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Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by mofaka on Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:48 am



As you can see the shifter is burlier and has a reach adjust.  It has an aerodynamic design also.  One gripe, I can't pull the trigger with my index finger to downshift like you can with the Zee



No more climbing, but I really like how the cassette goes on with the XD driver, the wrench screws the cassette directly to the hub driver.  I have a DT Swiss hub so the conversion was cake



The derailleur is much more burly, same aerodynamic design.  All the pins have retaining clips unlike the Zee, where they would work themselves out and cause a lot of play.  The lock feature is nice for putting on wheels and fucking with the chain.  Doesn't have the off switch for the clutch like the Zee but I'm not sure that was ever useful



After riding with this setup, it definitely has a more direct feel when pedaling. I am going to have to break the habit of shifting 8 times in either direction, as it actually feels like each gear has some use. Drivetrain is silent. Shifting is snappy. Confirmed, climbing was hard :P


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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by Cap'n on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:23 pm

Excellent post Corey! More like this!

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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by badeddie2002 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:47 pm

xo is nice stuff
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by bombertodd on Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:32 pm

Nice! my old X9 was wearing out after 3 seasons so I bought Zee because everyone was raving about it. I've ridden it about 13-15 days at Snow Summit only and I've broke a rear derailleur, two shifters, and brake lever. I've been waiting on my backordered brake lever for two months too. I wish I would have bought Sram.
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by jewpowered on Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:50 pm

I've broken every Zee part I've owned, They work great, but they are entry level and not standing the test of time.

My brakes leaked from both levers from changes in altitude, like on my bike rack headed up to bear-replaced under warranty within 3 days

My shifter lever cover fell off- replaced under warranty.

Here where I get frustrated, the rear derailluer, its clunky and the pivots are weak, and the damn thing smashes the shit out of the high limit screw. I'm on derailleur 2 and the first one I figured was rider error, but my fears were confirmed with #2


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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by COLIN M on Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:27 pm

Thanks for the heads up! Sorry Zee is not up to par.
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by Mint Sauce on Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:34 pm

I've ridden Zee brakes and DT this season and had no issues. Sure, it's entry level, but to get a season out of it and have it still work without issue is a good sign. I have 4 sets of Zee brakes and am 100% happy with them. The cranks are fine for the price. The der might have some weak points, but, you get what you pay for and it's lasted me a bunch of races, Whistler trips, local riding etc. The shifter is only likely to break in a bad crash. I might end up upgrading the der to Saint next season, although I may well end up just buying 2 or 3 Zee ders for the same price...

For a price comparison it would be better to compare SRAM X0 DH to Saint rather than Zee.

All in all; you get what you pay for.
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by Lugo on Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:10 pm

I've had my zee brakes for like a year now. Other than needing a bleed or two, they have been good to me. I run sram x9 derailleur short cage basically since I started riding and they have been great to me.
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by Mint Sauce on Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:39 pm

I will ad that the Zee hubs are not so great, but you live and learn. My LBS warrantied both of them after <2 months of riding and I upgraded to Chris Kings anyway.

I'd say a fairer comparison to Zee would be X7 or possibly X9 (or X7 DH if SRAM made it available).

I see a lot of people running the Zee brakes and this winter I might upgrade the levers to XTR...
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by mofaka on Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:23 am

I've had the Avid Code brakes for a couple years now. I love them, mostly for the reach and pad contact adjust, levers are a bitch to change if you bend them however
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by jewpowered on Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:29 pm

broke a brake lever/master cylendar today, not sure who to blame
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by Action Jackson on Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:13 pm

I had the xo cabin brakes I thought they were shit. I have had the the zee set since then and love them no problems at all. I have the zee shifter and derailed the shifter did rattle apart after one season but hay 40 bucks and I'm back in business. I have the zee cranks as well all if it is good stuff imo I keep up on maintanence like anything it will last.
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Re: Shimano Zee vs SRAM X01 DH

Post by Lugo on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:29 pm

What is this maintanence you speak of? Lol I'm kidding. But seriously...I should show my bike some lovin once in a while. I haven't really serviced anything on my dh bike, ever Sad
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