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    XTR front derailleur, 8 speed

    I need to buy a front derailleur to replace an XTR 950 on my Litespeed. Anyone know which currently available front derailleurs (XTR and XT) are compatible with a Shimano 8-speed drivetrain?

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    i've got an xt fd with an 8 speed cassette in back. Shouldn't matter - i believe only shifter and chain need to be 8 speed specific.
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    The cage is a tad narrower on the 9 speed fd's but doesn't seem to bother many when used for 8 speed from what I've read, but no personal experience.

    Mostly just curious about what went wrong with the M950...
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    The front derailleur has no clue, as long as there is 3 sprockets it is giddy .
    You can run 2 chain rings also just adjust the stop screw .

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    The large chainring is 46 tooth. Any idea if the newer 9-speed derailleurs can handle a 46-tooth chainring? Everything I have read so far indicates that most them only work with a 44-tooth chainring.

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    Nothing went wrong with the old one. My son bought an XTR bike on Ebay for parts and the front derailleur was bottom pull. He needs a top pull, so I want to make sure and find one that is compatible with the rest of the drive train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeit
    The large chainring is 46 tooth. Any idea if the newer 9-speed derailleurs can handle a 46-tooth chainring? Everything I have read so far indicates that most them only work with a 44-tooth chainring.
    I only run 2 sprockets so my biggest is a 32T. You should'nt have any problem with ad 46T, there is always too much throw in the derailleur & the limmiting screw has to be adjusted. As long as you know how to adjust you wont have a problem .

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