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    cassette question

    I have a Cannondale R1000 that is in need of a new chain and cassette. Can I swap out the 8-spd cassette with a 9-spd cassette? Will any other mods be necessary to make the swap?

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    are the shifters and derailleurs 9 speed compatible?

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    Only if the shifters are 9 speed compatable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    Only if the shifters are 9 speed compatable.
    Thanks. The shifters are 8-speed... Looks like I need to find an 8-spd cassette.

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    There should be plenty of 8speed cassettes( and chains) around and they will be cheaper than most of the nine speed stuff.
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    I'm running 12-23 now. What do I gain or lose with 13-26?

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    With 13/26 you'll have a much smaller climbing gear, so if you find hills a stuggle, it's a good idea. However, you will lose a bit of top speed (but if you're like me and never get into the 12 this isn't a problem ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny B
    With 13/26 you'll have a much smaller climbing gear, so if you find hills a stuggle, it's a good idea. However, you will lose a bit of top speed (but if you're like me and never get into the 12 this isn't a problem ).
    With 13/26 how do lose both the climbing gear and top speed? With a 26 don't I get more efficiency on hills?

    Let's face it, I've got a Ferrari bike and a Corolla motor. At 200lbs., everything seems like a hill. I'm trying to find gears that make me as efficient as possible. High-speed racing isn't in the picture right now.

    Can a 12/23 be replaced by a 13/26 or is there something more I need to be aware of?

    Sorry to seem like such a moron. I just don't want to screw up my bike.

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    You'll also need a 9-speed chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Stohler
    You'll also need a 9-speed chain.
    Oops. Forget to mention that after reading all these replies I think I'll stick with the 8-speed cassette. I've seen Ultegra's on eBay that are reasonably priced (compared to a full swap to 9-speed).

    Thanks all.

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    I think by smaller he meant lower. The 13-26 will give you an easier climbing gear and a slightly lower top gear.
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    Smaller gear=shorter gear inch=easier to climb/pedal
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