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  1. #576
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    FYI, I now have more of the previously mentioned adapter blocks available, allowing the use of a 9 speed Sram shifter and a 10 speed Shimano clutch derailer. If interested, shoot me an email at rob[dot]stead[at]gmail[dot]com
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    This is rather large thread, but I couldn't see if anyone is running this setup:

    Shimano Zee 10sp Rear Mech
    SRAM x5 8 Speed shifter (1:1 actuation ratio)
    8 sp chain and cassette

    Would this work? Would the chain be too thick? I'm running a single ring up front, hence the Zee RD.

    Would the 6mm spacer help with an 8sp setup or would I have to use trial and error.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAVELBIKE View Post
    Yes and no. See:
    http://www.raceface.com/comp/pdf/10%20Speed%20FAQ.pdf

    The OP can use a double, but not a 2x10 derailleur.
    You can. It works. Its not meant to but it can be setup without issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HypnoT0AD View Post
    This is rather large thread, but I couldn't see if anyone is running this setup:

    Shimano Zee 10sp Rear Mech
    SRAM x5 8 Speed shifter (1:1 actuation ratio)
    8 sp chain and cassette

    Would this work? Would the chain be too thick? I'm running a single ring up front, hence the Zee RD.

    Would the 6mm spacer help with an 8sp setup or would I have to use trial and error.

    Thanks
    No. 9 speed sram (not 1:10) can be made to work with 10 speed shimano, but 1:1 is very different from shimano's pull ratios. Go ahead and convert to 9 speed, and use the zee derailluer with a spacer.

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    I just want to know if I can use my xt rd with a shimano 10 speed rear shifter

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    Re: Dyna Sys 10 speed compatability with 9 speed (Shimano systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by applehead110 View Post
    I just want to know if I can use my xt rd with a shimano 10 speed rear shifter
    No.

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    First post here on MTBR, but a long time BF'er.

    I've made the mistake of buying 10sp parts (Shifter, Cassette, chain) as a quick and cheap upgrade to my commuter bike. Now, after reading about Dyna Sys and all the incompatibility with everything else ever made, I regret this decision.

    My bike is an old Trek 7000, with 7sp LX on it, and the drivetrain is pretty worn out. I really started by putting a dynamo wheel in the front, and then also rebuilding my rear to match, so this looks and rides good. I wanted to upgrade the brakes, the old cantis needed pads and cables, never worked well. The thought was v-brakes as I've always liked the way they stop. Discs were out of the question. One change leads to another and that's where I ended up with 10 speed. I didn't realize how different it was.

    Before I just decide to scrap the 10sp parts by putting them up on eBay, would I be able to use just the 10sp shifter, cassette, derailleur, KMC 10sp chain, and still have it work with the old 7sp crank and front der? Or is this just too much of a kluge? It doesn't have to be perfect. And is 10sp just overkill anyway? This stuff looks like it was made for the trails and is totally unnecessary for the streets.

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    I have read the vast majority of this thread and either haven't found a set up the same as mine, or anyone who does never followed up with results. I want to use 2x10 cranks as a 2x9.

    I just bought a new 2x10 Shimano XT crank with 26-38t chainrings. Will I run into problems with my entirely 9 speed drive train? Here's the set up:

    -2x10 XT crank with DynaSys rings
    -x.9 shifters
    -Shimano Alivio front mech.
    -x.7 rear mech
    -SRAM P971 chain with Powelink <-----needs replacing anyway (too short)!
    -SRAM 11-32t cassette

    Appreciate any assistance!

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    Maybe.

    If you have 3x9 shifters, your FD may work with the crank but you'll use 2nd and 3rd shifter positions. I have my doubts about this setup, you'll be far better off with a 2X FD and shifter.
    You'll need a ten speed chain. The rear shifter, der, and cassette will be fine.

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    Thanks for the reply. I am using 2x9 shifters. So my options are:

    Cheap: buy a 3x9 X.9 shifter and 10sp. chain
    Expensive: buy a 2x10 shifter, 10 sp. FD, and 10sp. chain

    If I go the expensive route, does it matter if I go with SRAM or Shimano for the derailleur? I prefer the lever layout of SRAM to the index finger trigger of Shimano

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    Im not familiar with specific 2x9 shifters. To my knowledge all 2x9's are triples that use only the middle and granny rings. Front shifter, crank and front derailliur are still 3X.
    There are some specific FD's like Shimano 665/667's made for 36/22 cranks, and some cranks that came with 2 rings, but they are 3X designs modified for 2 rings. These are Doubles, not 2X systems.

    You have a 2X crank, and I'm pretty sure a 3X front der, and a 3X front shifter. As a general rule, keep double fronts with double shifter/ ders and 2X fronts with 2X shifters/ ders.

    If I'm correct about your parts the cheap way out is sell the new XT crank and buy a 3X. If you think I'm mistaken about your shifter and FD, post some part #'s for me to check out.

    FYI, Shimano has had thumb release for quite some time now.

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    Hello MTBR,

    I wanted to share that I just setup a medium cage M785 with my 39-tooth 8-speed Action-Tec USA heat-treated titanium cassette and XT v-brake/rapid fire M739 combo shifter. I had found this thread before making the decision to replace my old XT M739 derailleur and knew I'd just need to shorten the swing arm to work with my setup.

    All that was needed was to make a cable adapter that moves the cable's attachment point closer to the pivot of the derailleur's swing arm. The piece of aluminum I made this from measures about 12mm wide X about 28mm long and was cut from some scrap 1/8" thick piece I had laying around:



    The bend matches the angle of the original swing arm and moves the cable attachment point approximately 7mm closer to the pivot. It is difficult to measure but I think the original swing arm length is 30mm and shortening it to about 23mm is the sweet spot for my old & trusty XT M739 shifter:



    Here is a top view showing the bend of the piece I made. The chain is a SRAM PC991:



    Making this piece was very easy, took less than 10 mins with a hacksaw, drill and hammer. I slotted it so I'd be able to fine tune it to work just right. I was so excited to test it out that I still haven't removed it to clean up and round it's sharp edges. Now that I know where the sweet spot is, whenever I do remove it to make it look better, I plan to slot a groove for the cable similar to the original Shimano design.

    The new M785 is very nice. I really like the two-piece frame attachment design because the B-adjustment screw no longer wears into my precious USA hand-made frame and the massive increase in spring tension (even with the clutch switched off) means I can get rid of all my gimmicky chain guide crap. Hoping for no more dropped chains on my 1-by setup!

    A few more things to note...
    - When used as Shimano intended, it takes about 2 and 3/4 of clicks of my 8-speed shifter to change 1 gear.

    - Yes with the shorter swing-arm there is more resistance at the shifter, but it's not as bad as I originally feared. Compared to before, it is a little bit harder to shift with the clutch switched off, and definitely shifts harder with the clutch on -- but even still it doesn't seem excessively hard to shift. I'm not worried about wearing out my right thumb or busting my shifter even with the clutch turned on. It's not that bad at all. For reference I am using an Aztec "Duracote" PTFE/Silicon coated cable.

    - In case you are wondering, there is a pre-existing shoulder that the top leading edge of my adapter aligns to and prevents it from rotating about the original cable tie-down bolt. I just simply drilled the hole in my aluminum piece such that the edge would ride right-up against this shoulder and lock it in place. Once the factory cable bolt is tightened down, it is mounted entirely rigid/solid.

    Here are some weight comparisons.

    Old XT M739 with some super-old Bike Nashbar lower alloy gear:



    New XT M785 minus my new cable adapter:



    So it's a bit heavier, however, here is my old M739 combined with all the funky shift & chain tension "enhancing" parts:



    I don't have the weight of the new derailleur with my cable adapter but it's possible I've saved a few grams in the end!

    Heading out to the San Joaquin River Trail tomorrow morning for a shake-down ride! Can't wait!

    Happy trails,
    BigMike

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    First ride report!

    Rode 15 miles and this derailleur is AWESOME. Here come some notes...

    1. Shifting Speed and Tension at the Shifter. This thing is lightening fast at shifting, especially up-shifting. It is many times faster than my older XT unit. Downshifting is a bit more difficult because there is more tension due to the stronger springs and the clutch, but as I got more seat time in I was getting the hang of having to press my thumb a bit further to engage up a gear. Towards the end of the ride I nearly had gotten used to it. It shifts REALLY quick if you jam the shifter forward fast (lower thumb lever / downshifting). It hardly skips teeth as it engages the larger sprocket. Up-shifts (index finger), man oh man they are lightening fast. No hesitation at all. BAM next gear, BAM next gear, very nice.

    2. Noise. With my old C.Guide my drivetain was already quiet but now without it + a stronger tensioned chain I get the same quiet operation but it's even quieter still because you don't have the sound of the chain dragging through the sleeve of the C.Guide.

    3. Chain slap. I rode about half the trail with the clutch on and the other half off. To be honest I can't tell a difference in chain slap UNLESS you hit a really big bump. Even with the clutch off, I only heard the chain slap around once. It is miles better than my old XT.

    4. Efficiency. This is biased because the bearings of my old derailleur gears were shot plus I had the drag from the C.Guide, but with the new setup I noticed straight away that there is less drag at higher cadences. It is much smoother. And when you back pedal the chain no longer "sticks" like before. It cycles through the drivetrain effortlessly.

    If you've got an old derailleur, really there is no excuse not to spend the $70 to get this new XT unit. It is miles better than my old XT; I should have done this a few race seasons ago!!

    Regards,
    BigMike

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    I read through this entire thread and couldn't find anyone trying this setup:

    I'm currently running a full SRAM X9 9-speed drivetrain with gripshifters. My long term plan is to switch to SLX 10-speed when my current stuff wears out. I am very curious to try trigger shifters now, though, since I've been running gripshift pretty much since they first came out but I don't want to invest in any more 9 speed equipment.

    So...has anyone tried a Dynasys 10 speed shifter with a 9 speed SRAM cassette and derailleur with the last shift position inactive? I know the lots of people are having success with SRAM 9 speed shifters/Dynasys rear derailleurs with slight cable mods, does that mean it will work the other way around?

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    Zombie thread!!

    So, I'm coming to the conclusion that I need to update my old XTR M952 cranks to modern cranks. I can either spend stupid amounts of money on the correct super rare spider to make it all work, or I can spend the same money on a set of 10 speed cranks.

    This is going on a 29er, running 9 speed dual control shifters.

    I heard, and correct me if I'm wrong, that there isn't much difference in the ring spacing from a 10 speed triple crank from a 9 speed triple crank... like fractions of a millimeter. Close enough to work with 9 speed drivetrain up front. Good. I don't want to give up my 9 speed only dual control levers quite yet.

    One of my concerns was being able to keep my 30t middle ring, which is hard to do with 4 arm 104 BCD cranks. The newer 10 speed triple seems to come with 96/64mm bcd 4 arm, with 22/30/40t rings. Almost perfect. I have an Action Tech 20t ring that takes some filing of the spider to get the chain to clear, but that shouldn't be too much hassle.

    Chain Reaction Cycles has the triple XTs in 180mm (my size) for $175 shipped to the USA. Not bad. I might do that if you all think it will work for me.

    So, it seems this would just be a matter of replacing the crankset and doing the mod for the granny gear, amiright?

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    Well, perhaps it is time for 11-10 drivetrain compatibility.


    Anyone know will the new 11sp 9000 XTR rear derailleur work with 10sp shifters?

    I'd like to use the new derailleur to swallow the 10sp 11-42 cassette without b-screw strain, and invest in possible 11sp conversion down the line.

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