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Location: Uxbridge, MA
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converting dura-ace 8 to 9 speed
I'd like to convert from Dura-Ace 8 speed to 9 speed, and wondering about the bare minimum number of changes.
I understand that my venerable 8 speed deraileur has a different cable pull, and wouldn't work with a 9 speed brifter...how about my hubs? These are roughly 1992 HG era freehubs...can I put a 9 speed cassette on there? If that's the case, I would need just the cassette, RD, brifters, chain...how about the FD, will my 8 speed still work OK with the slightly narrower chain (I presume cage width is slightly different?). I read on Sheldon Brown's site that my crankset should be OK.