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    Just changed to 9 speed

    My son's mudbike, his former race bike, is an old M2 frame. It has a lot of XT on it and when last used had his new DT Swiss Chris King wheels and nice bits.

    When he moved onto his Yeti Arc the M2 got the left-overs which included a nice Marz Bomber shock. His 8-speed chain and cassette finally gave way and I moved to 9-speed, Deore cassette and LX 9-sped shifters. The XT shifters still had a a lot of life in them but cut my losses.

    After I went to the more modest level I added about a pound of weight for economy's sake. I'm sure the LX stuff will be durable and effective but the whole weight thing was amazing.

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    Does this mean you have some 8 Spd XT shifters for sale?
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    I just realized that this could be implied

    Mostly I was waxing about weight and obsolescence and the last of my 8-speed involvement. When I ran my first high school racing team we eliminated 7-speed and maintained 8 & 9 speeds. My current team is all 9-speeds. It makes for uniformity for the mechanic. I never had any problem with 8-speed except for wearing out the right shifter.

    Now all 5 mountain bikes are 9-speed. I do have some nice 8-speed XT shifters to spare; black, light weight. One of the boys at the shop takes care or me all the time and his lady friend needs them. I thought I'd lay them on him. I they they are wise to my 5-pack of beer!

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