I have an old XT drivetrain, with a newish XT shadow derailleur.
One of my brake levers is bent (nearly unusable), and I have the one-piece brake-shifter pods. I'm thinking that maybe I could get the bike to run 10-spd if I swap out the shifters for 10-spd shifters and just pick up a pair of cheap brake levers.
Then I could throw on a 10-spd cassette. But rather than a 12-34, I could get a 105 12-25 road cassette, and the bike would have more closely spaced gearing. I don't think I need all that range on the back anyway. And I'll finish it off with a new 10-spd chain.
Here's the question:
Is there a difference between the 10-spd Shimano road and mtb chains? If so, which one would I want?
As an aside, would my long cage rear derailleur be too long and cause some other sorts of problems?
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