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    SunTour BL to Shimano Deore Group

    I have an 18 sp. Matsuri road bike with the suntour set up with friction shifters. I would like to switch it to Shimano Deore MTB set up. The road bike has very little wear, the Deore set up is from an '80's 21 sp Stylized MTB. with twist grip shifters. I intend on using the friction shifters after the swap. Is this possible and feasible. Would it involve switching the chain and chain wheels and crank? What I really want is the Deore set up as I know nothing about the Suntour BL (blue line) set up. Thanks, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by oglala_1927
    I have an 18 sp. Matsuri road bike with the suntour set up with friction shifters. I would like to switch it to Shimano Deore MTB set up. The road bike has very little wear, the Deore set up is from an '80's 21 sp Stylized MTB. with twist grip shifters. I intend on using the friction shifters after the swap. Is this possible and feasible. Would it involve switching the chain and chain wheels and crank? What I really want is the Deore set up as I know nothing about the Suntour BL (blue line) set up. Thanks, Frank
    The Suntour is almost surely a threaded on freewheel. The Deore is a cassette. You would have to swap freewheels on your present wheels to 7 speed if you wanted to keep the group a 7. If not, reuse the 6 sp freewheel with the Deore group and friction shifters. It should work well. The chain might be too short. A new chain is cheap anyhow. Good luck

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