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    Trying to see the future . . . 9 versus 10 speeds

    I'm restoring two bicycles. One is an old Free Spirit bike owned by a colleague's young daughter. It is a 6x3. The other is a 2001 GT, which is 8x3.

    Drivetrain parts are pretty easy to find for the 8x3. I don't always have the choices I want, but I can find something decent that will work. The parts are immensely frustrating to track down for the 6x3.

    This has me thinking about future maintenance of my bike (9x3 . . . I may switch it to 10x3), and the build I'm mulling over. In looking towards the future, considering part availability, and what we've learned from the past . . . which are the most reliable investment: 9 or 10-speeds?

    My Magic 8-Ball has replied that it "Cannot predict now." I suppose no one can, but some educated guesses would be great.
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    All my bikes are 9 speed. Decided on that after seeing the price of a 10 speed chain a few years ago.
    However, now all of the deals are on 10 speed components. If I built a bike up now, I'd go 10 speed.
    As far as availability in the future, I wouldn't worry. Heck, they still sell new 7 speed bikes - they are junk but still going.
    There will be 9 speed components out there for a long time.

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    Trying to see the future . . . 9 versus 10 speeds

    I held out for years on my mtb 10 speed as opposed to road which I've had for 9 years.

    Once I started running single ring upfront on mtb, I realized 10 speed is the way to go. The extra gear over 1X9 totally worth it. Also have 2X10 29'er

    Invest in 10 speed for sure
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    10 speeds appear to be here to stay. Now 11 speeds, that's the questionable new standard.
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    Since I don't want to convert both of my bikes to 10 sp from 9-due to cost, I stocked up on certain 9sp drivetrain parts as I found them on sale. I figure I'm good for 5 more years.

    I did the stocking up process the year 10sp stuff came out so I got some really good deals. 9sp XT cassettes for $60 and XT shifters for $50 as two examples.

    But if I were building up a bike today, I'd go 10sp

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