8spd shifters

TonyC

Active Member
I have older 8spd Shimano shifters and was wondering if a 9spd Shimano derailleur would work?
I'm assuming it would right? right?
 

stb222

Love Drunk
Jerk Squad
8spd chains are wider than 9spd chains, so it might not fit though the pulley cage.
 

TonyC

Active Member
8spd chains are wider than 9spd chains, so it might not fit though the pulley cage.

I noticed it says derailleur is compatible with 8/9 speed, but does that mean 8/9 spd chains work? not sure.

I know you can use 9spd chains on an 8spd cassette though. So what's the advantage of 9spd. (pls don't say one more gear) ;)

Hopefully a shop wrench will chime in soon. :)
 

stb222

Love Drunk
Jerk Squad
If it says 8/9 spd you should be good. The shifters are the brains since they dictate how much cable to pull.
 

jimvreeland

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
So what's the advantage of 9spd. (pls don't say one more gear) ;)

You actually get 3 more gears!! Seriously, as time goes on, there is less and less higher quality stuff available for 8-speed. At this point the 8-speed is more durable debate has long been over, 9-speed is the way to go. If you still have any 8-speed stuff left, ride more to wear it out!!

-Jim.
 
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