Let me preface with my wife has a new Giant Rincon, pretty basic but she really likes it except for the shifting which she finds clunky, especially after she played around with a Scott Ransom at one of the new bike shops that opened nearby. Also she cant stand the limitations of being not able to adjust for her reach. So a friend of mine gave me some fairly new XT brake levers and a set of 9 speed XT shifters. My wifes bike has an 8speed cassette and a really low end derailuer. I'm thinking about picking up an XT derailuer off ebay. I've seen them pretty cheap. But can I keep the original cassette, or do I need a 9 speed one? Also how well would this woprk with her stock front DR?
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