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    Shimano Deore shifter questions

    My current bike ('01) has LX shifters with a 9 speed rear. Is it possible to remove the little gear indicator widow piece without causing any functional problems to the shifter itself? Also, I stil have my old bike that has early 90's Deore DX shifters that have both triggers levers next to each other, but a 7 speed rear. I really liked these. Is it possible to use these old shifters with a 9 speed rear?

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    Yes and no.

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    You can use them, but you'll have to switch to a 7 speed cassette like this and maybe add spacer.. Other than that, i _think_ it should work.

    Old skool Deore DX is nicer than modern LX, IMO.
    Last edited by robo; 04-21-07 at 08:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robo
    You can use them, but you'll have to switch to a 7 speed cassette like this and maybe add spacer.. Other than that, i _think_ it should work.

    Old skool Deore DX is nicer than modern LX, IMO.
    If you did that, it would be set up like my Bridgestone. You lose a couple of cogs, but 7 speed cogs are thicker and will last longer. The spacer you need is 4.5mm. The disadvantage is that you have a 7 speed wheel with as much dish as a nine speed wheel. Normally a 7 speed wheel is stronger because it has less dish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
    The disadvantage is that you have a 7 speed wheel with as much dish as a nine speed wheel. Normally a 7 speed wheel is stronger because it has less dish.
    Although in real world use, 9-speed wheels seem to be just fine...

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