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    Can SB's alternate cable routing trick be used on new Shimano Shadow RDs?

    The trick in question; I specifically want to use 10s shifters on a relatively inexpensive 9s 11-32 cassette.

    The design and cable routing of the new "Shadow" (2008 XT series) is considerably different from previous Shimano RDs. My local shops are mysteriously fresh out of old-style, top-normal MTB RDs, but are loaded with these Shadows . I'm not too keen to experiment and find out the hard way that it won't work, so I thought I'd ask and see if anyone else has tried or wants to try to convince me that it'll all be okay
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    Deore XT brand new, cost me $55. I wonder how much money you spending on your der. 10 speed shifters work with it, it's bottom-normal..


    As far as casette goes. It will cost me about $100 for 10 speed SRAM casette and chain, or about $40 for casette plus the chain. 10 speed shfters? $150ish.

    Good thing about 10 speed shifters is that they up and down shift twice (and once as well). This makes for a pretty good combination. The 9 speed shifters usually upshift once and down shifts up to 3 times. (3 clicks). That means downshifting only 1 gear at at time when used with bottom-normal rear der. Other than that 10 speed shifters are a better value, say if your 9 speed broke and you have to replace it. Same money, only now you can upgrade to 10 speed later down the road.


    God, I hope they don't come up with an 11 speed. I know I'd want it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notzofast View Post
    Deore XT brand new, cost me $55. I wonder how much money you spending on your der. 10 speed shifters work with it, it's bottom-normal..


    As far as casette goes. It will cost me about $100 for 10 speed SRAM casette and chain, or about $40 for casette plus the chain. 10 speed shfters? $150ish.

    Good thing about 10 speed shifters is that they up and down shift twice (and once as well). This makes for a pretty good combination. The 9 speed shifters usually upshift once and down shifts up to 3 times. (3 clicks). That means downshifting only 1 gear at at time when used with bottom-normal rear der. Other than that 10 speed shifters are a better value, say if your 9 speed broke and you have to replace it. Same money, only now you can upgrade to 10 speed later down the road.


    God, I hope they don't come up with an 11 speed. I know I'd want it.
    Thanks, I am aware of the process.

    For reasons I don't feel I need to justify, I don't want a low-normal RD, and I'm truly interested in getting my actual question answered.
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    I can't tell you whether or not it will work with this specific derailleur.
    But if you want to go that way, there is another solution if the "alternate routing" doesn't work: Shiftmate model 2.

    Sorry that I can't be more specific.
    Michel Gagnon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Gagnon View Post
    I can't tell you whether or not it will work with this specific derailleur.
    But if you want to go that way, there is another solution if the "alternate routing" doesn't work: Shiftmate model 2.

    Sorry that I can't be more specific.
    Thanks Michel.

    Most likely if I can't get an authoritative answer on it, I will just mail order and wait for an old-style top normal RD. But these seem to be like Shimano 9-speed road components these days for some reason...
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    Sheldon? Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother View Post
    The trick in question; I specifically want to use 10s shifters on a relatively inexpensive 9s 11-32 cassette.

    The design and cable routing of the new "Shadow" (2008 XT series) is considerably different from previous Shimano RDs. My local shops are mysteriously fresh out of old-style, top-normal MTB RDs, but are loaded with these Shadows . I'm not too keen to experiment and find out the hard way that it won't work, so I thought I'd ask and see if anyone else has tried or wants to try to convince me that it'll all be okay
    I think it's too new for any experience base. I just heard about it the other day from my mechanic friend. If it was me, I'd find the old style on the web and stay with that.

    Al

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