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7-spd rear der - what to look for?
I have a friend with a mid-90's Trek 8xx bike that has grip shifters. He broke his RD this weekend and needs a replacement. I know that there is little to no difference between an 8 and 9 speed RD. What about a 7-spd RD? My understanding is that the hubs are smaller on 7-spd's but I did not know if that would affect the RD. Also, given the age of the bike, would he notice any difference between any of the lower-end SRAM RD's? Thx.
Any R Derailleur Will Work Fine
If going SRAM just make sure you use a 2:1 derailleur that'll work with non-Sram shifters.
OT: And wow, that 7spd rear hub spacing thing has got to be one of the biggest myths in the MTB world.
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The hubs are smaller
The hubs are shorter for the 7 speed freehub but the cassette spacing is the same as a 8 speed. The 8 or 9 speed cassette will not fit on a 7 speed freehub but a 7 speed cassette will fit with the proper spacers on a 8 or 9 speed freehub.
Originally Posted by Shayne