If you're looking for a dependable, value driven groupset that carries much of the same innovative features as the flagship XTR package, look no further than Shimano's XT Groupset. This group of components benefits from technology that has trickled down from XTR, as well as a full hydraulic disc brake setup. Starting at the top, the M780 shifters feature a 2 way release pushpull option so that you're able to operate them with either your pointer finger or thumb. Additionally, you are able to make a shift across multiple cogs with one throw of the lever up or down. Because bars are covered with remote shock lockout and saddle droppers, the XT M780 I Spec shifters direct mount to XT and XTR levers, leaving clean lines and more space on the handlebars. The XT Groupset features the M781 front derailleur. As front derailleurs go, the XT is pretty standard. It is available in two styles: low clamp E type and the traditional high clamp. It features a simple two screw swing adjustment so that your shifts are always clean. The XT Groupset features the XT Shadow Plus RD M786 rear derailleur. It is the direct mount standard for rear derailleurs. This is Shimano's response to the growing trend of simplifying mountain bikes in favor of reduced weight and reliability. If you are using a traditional hanger, the M786 comes with a link so it's backwards compatible. the direct mount, however, eliminates the need for the link, which reduces flex and wear. On frames with thru axles, wheel changes are easier. The XT derailleur was constructed of aluminum. While it may lack some of the luster of carbon, it's more affordable and you know you'll get mileage out of it. The drivetrain wouldn't be complete without the addition of a Shimano Hollowtech II Crankset. The FC M785 features a double chainring with enough gears to keep you rolling fast. Why the switch from a triple' Well, with 10 speed cassettes moving to 36 tooth big cogs, gear options with a triple are a bit redundant...