Words by: Max Morgan
Being out on the trail with your derailleur not shifting through the gears properly can be an aggravating thing. After reading this MTB How To, you should be an expert on how to install and set up your rear derailleur. Here we are going to be installing a Shimano XT M8000 rear derailleur for a 1x11 drivetrain. Installing a derailleur from Sram or Box Components follows a very similar method.
To get the job done right, we are going to need the right set of tools. To install and set up a new rear derailleur, we are going to need a set of allen keys, a phillips screw driver, cable cutters, chain break tool or chain pliers, and a pair of pliers. To get a closer look at what's inside a pro tool box, check out our Pro Tool Box Check.
This article was written / authored by Max Morgan. Max has been a professional downhill mountain bike racer for the last 10 years, competing in the UCI World Cup downhill series and U.S. Pro GRT series. Having ridden all different kinds of bikes on trails all over the world, Max's experiences being out on the circuit give him a unique perspective on what makes for a quality cycling component. Max also has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and so if you don't see out on the trail, chances are he is probably in the garage tinkering on the next project.