Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: Masi Speciale Randonneur, Fuji del Ray, Co-Motion Speedster
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9-speed vs 10-speed STI
I'm in the market for a new road/light touring bike (undecided yet as to whether to build up myself or buy complete). Since I've last bought a new bike, it seems everything has switched to 10-speed. I'm skeptical -- 9 speeds is plenty (heck, 7 is ok too), and the chains/cassettes seem to cost twice as much.
Which leads me to two questions: first, does 9-speed have a future? If I build up a bike with NOS 9-speed parts, will I be able to get replacements down the line (especially STI shifters)?
Second: if I buy a new bike and get sick of paying for 10-speed chains, how much work is it to downgrade? I'd obviously have to replace the chain and cassette together, and probably the rear derailleur. What about the FD and shifters?