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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:17 pm 
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After a truly disappointing experience with 9 speed in mud today, I'm toying with the idea of swapping the cassette, shifters, chain and rear mech to 8 speed. I think from previous winter mud plugging the 8 speed copes a little better.

What about you folks? Same story with the narrow chains and 9 speed?

I've just shelled out a small fortune on new XT chainrings and a 9 speed XTR chain though.... :roll: pillock. However I have all the 8 speed XT parts apart from the chain in my spares box. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:49 pm 
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I find the difference so small it is nothing to worry about. 9 speed stuff is cheaper to replace than retro 8 speed kit.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:54 pm 
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REKIBorter wrote:
I find the difference so small it is nothing to worry about. 9 speed stuff is cheaper to replace than retro 8 speed kit.


I agree. Leafs are a bigger problem when they get in-between the sprockets :x


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:56 pm 
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Can't say I notice a difference between 9spd and others when it comes to winter use.

What problems you having SP?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:53 pm 
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Weeeeell, mostly just cack shifting / engagement on the rear sprockets when truely caked in mud.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:55 pm 
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i agree totally. I have just got back from a no so muddy ride with no end of problems with the shifting! I started with 21 gears and by the end i had a snapped front mech and only 3 cogs able to engage on the back, i was getting over taken by the single speed boys!!!!

Me and the owner of the bike shop both agree that 9 speed is pretty troublesome in the mud and the introduction of 10spd is crazy. we both agree that you are best off with a single ring up front and 7 speed out back, with a nice fat chain.

The cost of replacement parts is a lot easier on the wallet as well,

9 speed cassette = £50-80...............7 speed £15
9 speed chain £24 ish.....................cheap 7 spd chain £4.99 on tinternet.

do the Maths!

Plus if you are using cheap parts, you can just run them into the ground rather than replacing chains every 3 months!!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:57 pm 
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10 speed on an MTB?!? I'm clearly out of the loop!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:00 pm 
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try 6spd... :lol:


the narrower the sprockets, the worse it gets especially if your local mud is clay based and sticky.

Theres no real solution.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:01 pm 
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bojangle wrote:
9 speed cassette = £50-80...............7 speed £15
9 speed chain £24 ish.....................cheap 7 spd chain £4.99 on tinternet.

do the Maths!


err 9-speed can also be bought cheap. why do you need to buy expensive 9-speed when you don't mind cheap 7-speed ? :?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:05 pm 
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How long before somebody starts harping on about the benefits of single speed...... :lol:

A Rohloff hub could be interesting.

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