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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:26 am 
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This is fascinating. Thanks for all the info. I assumed that a 9/10 speed chain set wouldn't be compatible with 8 speed due to chain width etc. but sound like the big corporations are lying to us :D


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:35 am 
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Not necessarily.

Through bone idle laziness, I have done some tinkering with 9 and 10 speed SRAM rear mechs and they are definitely incompatible. I checked with both gripshift and STI shifters.

Once I had the correct mech to hand I took some measurements off two mechs, both X9; one a 9 speed and the other a 10, and the length of the body is different.

Of course if I had done this before fitting the mech, I could have saved myself the effort, but it was a Sunday, I was bored, the bike needed building and the 10 speed mech was all I had to hand. :roll:


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