Mountain Biking - Flat handlebar, rear derailer, and 9-speed gripshifter recommendations?
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12-12-07, 01:14 PM
Any recommendations for triple-crankset, 9-speed grip shifter? I was wanting to replace the 7-speed grip shifter on my 1995 Trek 730, to accommodate an upgrade to a 9-speed cassette.
Will a special rear derailer be required with the recommended 9-speed grip shifter, for an Ultegra 12-27 cassette? If so, then recommendations for a specific rear derailer?
And is there a recommendation for a flat handlebar, to put the grip shifters on?
First, make sure your rear spacing is 135mm. The stock derailleur should accommodate that setup though.
12-12-07, 03:18 PM
Not sure about rear spacing issue, mcoine. Is this a matter of the wheel-hub? I ask, because I should have specified that I'm replacing the Trek's stock 700C (7-speed) wheels ... with 700C (9-speed) Synergy Velocity. Does this address the issue of rear spacing, as far as converting 7- speed cassette & grip-shifter with 9-speed cassette & grip-shifter?
12-14-07, 10:36 AM
Chances are you have a mountain bike, it's 135mm spacing. If that's the case, then you need to replace your 7 cog freehub with an 8/9 cog freehub. You'll need a set of cone wrenches and a 10mm allen wrench.
While you're at it you may want to replace all the bearings. For this just take a couple sample bearings to your LBS. They should have the ones you need.
I recommend XO gripshifters. I've been using them for about a year and they are really precise and the price is reasonable too.
12-16-07, 07:25 AM
For $209 you can get the X.0 shifters and rear derailluer from Price Point.
Thinking about going gripshift. Anybody ride gripshift on DH?
12-16-07, 08:43 PM
Mine are in the mail atm, I can let you know next weekend. 90% of the folks I ride with use them, that's why Im giving them a go.
12-22-07, 10:39 AM
I had my first ride with the grip shifters yesterday; I love them! I will not be going back to triggers any time soon.
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