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Old 11-19-09, 02:04 PM   #1
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8 speed cassette on a 9 speed hub?

Can I put an 8 speed cassette on a 9 speed Shimano hub?
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Old 11-19-09, 02:17 PM   #2
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Yes. Shimano does not have a 9 speed freehub per se. They are 8,9,10, though IIRC there are some 10s that re only 10s.
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It will work, but the hub will feel irritable and out of balance unless you use a 10sp RD.








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Shimano's freehubs (the part of the rear hub that can "coast" and spin backwards, and onto which the cassette of gears slides) haven't changed width since 8-speed. 7-speed cassettes are a bit narrower.
The 10-speed-specific freehubs aren't a different width, rather it's Dura-Ace freehubs that have aluminum bodies and get away with this by having higher splines, which require special Dura-Ace 10-speed cassettes.

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