Bicycle Mechanics - Upgrading bike from 7 to 9 speed, what do I need?
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05-04-10, 01:17 AM
Ok, I want to upgrade my favorite 7 speed fuji hybrid to a 9 speed. what components do i need to get in order to upgrade? I have few spare parts like shimano lx 9 speed shifter, do i need new cranks as well as front & rear derailleurs and rear hub?
05-04-10, 01:28 AM
More gears is not an upgrade. It's just more gears.
You have the shifter, so now you need a cassette, rear derailleur, and at least a new freehub body to replace the old one on your rear hub. You'll likely have to respace your rear axle and redish your rear wheel after switching over.
The old cranks, chainrings, and front derailleur will probably work fine.
05-04-10, 06:57 AM
my bike is unusable since my freewheel is broken and my grip twisters are also falling apart. i will be doing this project to get it up and running again since it is my favorite. i will have to use my other hybrid which is 27 speed and want to make the spares a bit more compatible
05-04-10, 07:03 AM
What Torchy already said. Your cranks, FD, and and chainrings should be fine. I use 9 speed cranks and chainrings with a 7 speed cassette and have no problems.
If you already have a rear derailleur, it will work just fine with either 7 or 9 speed. The 9 speed shifter you have will need a 9 speed cassette, but that's about it.
05-04-10, 09:21 AM
If you're going from a 7-speed freewheel to a 9-speed cassette you will either need
(1) a new rear wheel with a cassette hub OR
(2) a new rear cassette hub (and relace that hub to your rim) OR
(3) a 9-speed freewheel (I think only Sunrace makes this)
That is, unless I misunderstand Torchy's comment about a new freehub body.
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