Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    13

    8 speed vrs 9 speed set up

    Ive been doing a little upgrading on my Fantom. My 8 speed cassette is about worn out and needs to be replaced. Question is, since I'm replacing it anyway, should I just go to a 9 speed set up or is there not that much of a performance difference between the two.
    Thanks

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    38
    Not much performance between the two. the gears can still be 11-34. you will be missing the 27 or 28. 8 speed will be lighter. If you go with nine speed, then you will probably need new shifters, possibly new derailleurs if not already compatible with 9 speed.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    13
    Ok, thanks, Ill just stick with the 8 speed then.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: boomn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    9,647
    Like Milo said there isn't much performance difference. The real reason these days to go 9spd is that that there aren't many mid-level 8spd components any more and there are no top-of-the-line 8spd components at all

    If you don't feel the urge for fancy components then 8spd is still great

  5. #5
    bi-winning
    Reputation: rkj__'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    11,137
    yeah, it's tough to get a hold of anything better than an alivio shifter in 8 speed.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.


    Shorthills Cycling Club

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    38
    Get a shimano XT 8 spd cassette

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    13
    Thanks for all the info guys, Im gonna get the shimano 8 speed cassette and maybe some sram attack shifters and hold out as long as I can.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •