There's a thread somewhere about a 9 speed cassette that broke after only a few miles, and lately I've read quite a few comments about 9s being "worse" than 8s, wearing out faster, breaking more easily, etc.
On my retro/mod parkpre which is almost finished (link in my sig), I plan to use a 2x9 drivetrain using a sram cassette and chain and microshift thumbies. Then just the other day I came across a set of VGC 8s suntour XC Pro thumbies, so now I'm half thinking of going back to 8s. I only need a cassette and chain to make it work.
Cost wise, it would be cheaper to go 8s, since I could sell my 9s parts for a fair bit more than the cost of the 8s parts. But the whole point of me deciding to go 9s was because decent 8s parts seem to getting hard to come by...
so what's everyone's opinion? is 9s really that bad? is it worth saving aprox. 100 quid and staying with 8s?
suntour thumbies are fully compatible with shimano drivetrains, right? same cable pull per click?
sorry for the ramble