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    using Ultegra 10 speed shifters on 9 speed bike

    My Giant OCR 3 is 9 speed. Tiagra shifters, 105 FD and Ultegra 10 speed RD with FSA Gossamer triple. I have heard that I can use my new Ultegra 10 speed shifters on a 9 speed bike using a Shift Mate? Has anyone tried this and if so would you recommend it? My LBS said they never work out and I just should buy a chain and 10 sopeed cassette and change it over. Any thoughts on the **** Mate mod? Wardie

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    The shiftmate costs around $35. You can get a 10 speed 105 cassette for $50 shipped from Probikekit.com. I would spend the extra $15 and do it right.

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    I've got a shiftmate on my set up with 10-speed Campy ergo shifters and 9-speed Shimano cassette and it works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barba
    The shiftmate costs around $35. You can get a 10 speed 105 cassette for $50 shipped from Probikekit.com. I would spend the extra $15 and do it right.
    Agreed but he'll also need a new 10-speed chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardie
    My Giant OCR 3 is 9 speed. Tiagra shifters, 105 FD and Ultegra 10 speed RD with FSA Gossamer triple. I have heard that I can use my new Ultegra 10 speed shifters on a 9 speed bike using a Shift Mate? Has anyone tried this and if so would you recommend it? My LBS said they never work out and I just should buy a chain and 10 sopeed cassette and change it over. Any thoughts on the **** Mate mod? Wardie
    You're saying you want to use your 10 speed shifters with a nine speed cassette? If so, here's a possibility and it won't cost anything to try:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#alternate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cain
    I've got a shiftmate on my set up with 10-speed Campy ergo shifters and 9-speed Shimano cassette and it works just fine.
    So do I and mine also works like they were made for each other. The Shiftmate is a very good way to get "incompatible" drive trains to work together perfectly and there is no downside.

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