I need to replace my rear Shimano Deore derailleur since it got mangled up in an accident. I'm thinking of replacing it with a Shimano America RD-M662 SLX 9-Speed Derailleur. The bike I have is a 2013 Salsa Fargo 3. It already has a set of 9 speed Microshift bar end shifters. Will this setup work? The Microshift worked fine with the Deore, but will it work with the SLX? Does the SLX require a different cable pull than the Deore? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Yes, this will work. Just get any Shimano mountain rear derailleur... SLX, deore, LX, xt, xtr, etc...
This only applies for 9 speed and lower. Here's a quote from Sheldon Brown.
The exception for Shimano