I use suntour thumbshifters xc pro 8 spd, with an XTR rear mech 9 spd , a front DX mech 7 spd and a 8 spd Sram chain , and it works .
The issue's that 9-speed front mechs are narrower (I think!) to suit the narrower 9-speed chain... Your set up should indeed work fine as far as I can see!
never had problems with a 9speed frontmech in combination
with 8speed, I also use 9sp rearmech XTR's for 8speed and the front
chainrings are also often 9sp.
Just try it you can always swap it if it doesn't work
Glad to hear that!
I'll just get a 9-speed mech if I don't find an 8-speed one soon - just thought I'd check whether anyone else had tried unsuccessfully to do the same thing first: XTR's annoyingly expensive!
I'm already using 9sp chainrings & rear mech without problems, so like I said, I could always swap the rest... maybe a 9sp front mech's the best way to go.
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