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    Rear Hub/Cassette compatibility

    Greetings, oh two-wheeled gods!

    Will an 8-speed Shimano cassette fit any 8-speed specific shimano hub? Or are they model specific eg XT cassette to an XT hub etc...(sorry I am much of noob in MTB terminilogies so correct me where necessary)

    I am attempting to salvage a bicycle in need of a near rear wheelset. The drive train appears to be ok but the rim has seen better days. So I am planning to replace it and attach the old cassette into it.

    Please try to focus your answers on the question presented.

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    any 8 speed should work with any 8 speed. hell, with a spacer it'll work for nine speed.
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    Much enlightened I am.

    Thank you

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    No, you've been misguided so far. The 8 and 9 speed cassettes use the same standard 8/9 speed shimano freehub body. You can also use hubs from other manufacturers that use this standardized freehub body design and use other cassettes as well (Campagnolo being the major exception but that's a road bike thing for the most part anyways). The 8 and 9 speed cassettes are the same overall width (8 speed uses wider spacing between cogs and uses a wider chain).


    ps are you reusing the hub? Or replacing both rim and hub?
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    Thanks for the clarification.

    I am planning to change both the hub and rim but will keep my 8-speed cassette.

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