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    How do I recognise these parts?

    As I posted before, I have changed the cassette from 8 to 9 speed. Also I have changed the chain. How would I recognise if the shop has put the Deore cassette and chain? There is nothing written on the cassette and on the chain there are the following: "super narrow" "Taiwan", "Z wk" "KMC" and "Z" . No shimano writing on it. Is that Deore

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    If you paid your LBS for the parts and swap and its 9 speed, I wouldn't sweat it. You could pull the cassette and look for a model number on the back, but if you had the tools to do this you wouldn't have had it installed by your LBS.

    Are you worried they put a less-than-deore 9 speed cassette on? I don't think there is one at 9.

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    it should be write something on the cassette closing bolt...but there aren't 9 spd cassettes inferior to deore...for the chain he mounted you a Kmc chain which is a different brand from shimano

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    Look at the lock ring on the cassette. it will say shimano if it is one. The chain sounds like a KMC chain. they are ok. I don't like the "master link" they use. I pay extra and get top end of the SRAM line. Even the low end SRAM, to me, is better than any shitmano.
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    Not much to tell

    My understanding is that KMC makes chains for Shimano. I don't know if KMC actually stamps them with a Shimano signature, or just puts them in a Shimano box. As for the cassette, I think Jeep Nut hit it by saying there is no way to tell unless you actually saw the writing on the lock ring on the casette before it was installed, or are able to take it off and look at it. Bottom line, the bike shop's integrity relies on the fact that they put on the parts you ordered. Is it possible they didn't put on Deore parts? Yes, but I think it is unlikely. Personally, I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Thanks. From your post I understood that since it is a 9 spd upgrade I don't think they have put another cassette since deore is the lower for 9 spds.

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    Perhaps you'd be better off not having the shop changing something until you are able to recognize what exactly you are ordering changed. Caveat emptor.
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