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    Chain questions

    I have a 8 speed XT cassette, front derailer, and shifters. Will a 9 speed chain work well on it? Is it worth it to buy an XTR chain will I feel any difference compared to a lower end 8 speed chain?
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    Yes a 9 speed chain will work, though you may experience shifting issues primarily at the front derailluer if your still using 8 speed chainrings which are spaced further appart than 9 speed.

    As far as the chain goes, if your still 8 speed all-around (including front chainrigs), you can still get the Shimano HG-91 chain which is a really nice 8 speed chain. SRAM also still makes a quality 8 speed chain called the PC 890 which includes their power-link which allows you to remove the chain without tools.

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    The crank is a LX mega 9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottie Rox
    I have a 8 speed XT cassette, front derailer, and shifters. Will a 9 speed chain work well on it? Is it worth it to buy an XTR chain will I feel any difference compared to a lower end 8 speed chain?
    Yes the 9 speed will shift well but 8 speed chains seem to last 50% longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratt
    Yes the 9 speed will shift well but 8 speed chains seem to last 50% longer.
    8 speed it is
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