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    Can I go 10 speed?

    I have a 105 double crankset (fc-5502, 53/39) with a 105 "10 speed" front derailleur and a 105 "ten speed" rear deraileur.

    BUT, I have a 9 speed cassette. Also, everywhere I see the fc-5502 advertised, it says it's for a 9 speed setup -- there's no mention of 10 speed compatibility.

    Is there any reason why I can't just put a 10 speed cassette/ chain on? Seems like I should be able to since f/r derailleurs are 10 speed...

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    The 5500 shifter is 9 speed, 9 clicks not more.
    Your Front and Rear deraileur if a 5600 series are 10 speed and can work with 9 speed also.

    So.... That's all she wrote
    Or,
    get New 10 speed shifters.
    Nashbar has Ultegra 10 speed triple shifters for $149 that can work on your double
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...s%20%2D%20Road

    You will still a new chain and a 10 speed cassette.

    I would save your bucks and when you need, get a new compact crankset.

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    Where do I find the model of 105 or Ultegra deraileurs and shifters? I have 105 shifters and a 105 front deraileur and Ultegra rear. I am currently 9 speed on a 2006 CAAD8 R700. How do I know if I am ten speed compatible or not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farleybob View Post
    Where do I find the model of 105 or Ultegra deraileurs and shifters? I have 105 shifters and a 105 front deraileur and Ultegra rear. I am currently 9 speed on a 2006 CAAD8 R700. How do I know if I am ten speed compatible or not?
    Unhook shifter cable, while pulling lightly at the cable shift all the way out to the end position. While maintaining tension on the cable, shift all the way in while counting the number of positions. There's your answer.

    If your bike came stock with a 9-spd cassette, then the odds are overwhelmingly good that your shifters will also be 9-spd, there's no way a shop is gonna sell a mismatched set.
    Different numbers of speeds requires different actuation ratios in the shifters and different spacing in the cassette, so it's quite rare to have a (rear) shifter that is compatible with more than one number of speeds (although I believe some bar-end shifters are labeled as such).
    There are ways to make mismatched combos work, but I doubt that any shop would sell such a setup w/o making it excessively clear to the customer what he was buying.

    Derailers are considerably more lenient and are usually quite unconcerned with what numbers of speeds they're used with.

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    You need a new cassette, chain and right shifter to go 10 speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    The 5500 shifter is 9 speed, 9 clicks not more.
    Actually a 9-speed rear shifter clicks 8 times because the first position is simply all of the cable out of the shifter.

    Any Shimano 9-speed road bike can be upgraded to Shimano 10-speed by replacing the shifters, cassette, and chain with Shimano 10-speed components. If the crankset is a triple there may or may not be issues with the chainrings due to the chainring spacings and the narrower chain. Proper adjustments will usually correct these issues.

    Al

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