The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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I wonder why you were told that you had to have Deore shifters with an Tourney RD. Deore would be nice to have, but the Alivio level etc would serve you well. Tourney is lower level than even Alivio as I recall, so it is not as if the shifter is lower level than the mech at that point.
I have both LX (8 speed) and Alivio (7 speed) that I have purchased over the past year, and the LX is a bit better on the finish, and although I haven't finished my build yet, I will pick which one I use based on the wheels I build with... I won't even bother to hunt for an 8 speed wheel to use the LX if I find a 7 speed first since the difference in quality is not that much. However, if I do build with 8 speed, I will obviously use LX instead of downgrading to 7 speed... In either case, I will be using my LX RD.
Within the Shimano mountain line-up you can pretty much mix any level of component and they will work as long as the number of cogs matches the shifter. The same applies for the SRAM components that are Shimano compatible (some are, some aren't).
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