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Do 8 & 9 speeds shift better than 10s?
I just got a (used) 10 speed rear cog bike with brifters. When I stomp, it tries to shift. Yes, I know that this has been discussed a million times, but so far as I can tell the cable tension is NOT out of adjustment, the derailleur is not bent, the derailleur's chainwheels are in line with the cogs of the cassette, there are no chainline problems, and the brifters are the correct models for the drivetrain.
Index shifting "pickiness" seems to me to increase with the number of cogs on the rear cassette. Is this just my perception, or do 8 speed systems shift more reliably than 9 speeds which shift more reliably than 10 speeds?
Assuming this perception **is** correct, and further assuming that I can make the change for minimal $$$, is it worth my while to "reverse upgrade" to an 8 speed? Enquiring minds want to know...