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    Any point in switching to 10 spd for a DH bike?

    For my trail bike, I can see why 11 or 12spd is beneficial. Which is why I've messed around with extender rings, smaller chainrings...etc.

    What about a downhill bike? My DH bike currently has 9spd and it works well. I don't feel like I'm 'missing' gears...especially when some companies like SRAM and E13 have DH-specific 7spd cassettes.

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    Will likely you don't feel like your missing the gear, why upgrade? I've thought allot about going single speed on my DH bike as I never seen to shift at all.

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    My DH bike came with 10, it always felt like I had to shift twice to make a noticeable change in gear. I did the conversion where you get a 11-34 10-speed, but remove the 3 largest gears, leaving an 11-24 7-speed. I like it a lot more than the stock 10s with a 11-25 cassette.

    The one thing I could see: a clutch derailleur is likely worth it, and Sram nor Shimano make one for 9s.

    There's a reason Sram's DH-specific group is 7-speed; their racers were always multi-shifting because you don't need tight spacing for DH.

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    You guys are right... I'll hang onto my trusty 9spd Saint setup that works well!

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    I ain't changing till I have to....sucks they don't sell the them anymore
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    The one thing I could see: a clutch derailleur is likely worth it, and Sram nor Shimano make one for 9s.
    That's why I was happy to get a little adapter a few years back for the cable clamp on a 10 speed Zee derailleur which lets me use it with a 9 speed SRAM shifter and 9 speed cassette.
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