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Old 04-15-11, 10:06 AM   #1
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Shimano 2300 shifters with Alivio (MTB) RD?

Building a cheap bike.
I have Shimano 2300 brifters

The only officially 8 speed compatible derailleur I have right now is a Shimano Alivio RD-M410 (front crank is triple, so long cage isn't a problem).

Nothing is hooked up yet because I need cables.

When I go to the shop. . am I buying cables or should I be looking for a 2200 / Sora / something derailleur?

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dwellman, The only issue I can think of is the front derailleur. The cable pull ratio is different between Shimano road and mountain groups.

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You can use any Shimano derailleur you want to, except old DuraAce and new MTB 10-speed. Just make sure the number of sprockets on the cassette match the shifters.
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You can use any Shimano derailleur you want to, except old DuraAce and new MTB 10-speed. Just make sure the number of sprockets on the cassette match the shifters.
Oh, to be sure! Cables it is then.

Brad: Yeah. I have the FD covered. The RD was the only thing giving me pause.

EDIT: Oh, just in case anyone was wondering the closest bike shop is 35 miles away, so the more I know going in the less it feels I wasted a trip.

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Friend of mine is riding around a GT aero aluminum frame and 8spd. He needed lower gears for the hills so he put an altus RD on and a 12-30 cassette. I personaly have a Microshift mountain 9spd RD with Dura-Ace 10spd downtube shifters.
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EDIT: Oh, just in case anyone was wondering the closest bike shop is 35 miles away, so the more I know going in the less it feels I wasted a trip.

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Don't I know that feeling........

I'm in Ark. now, but last time I was in Crossville (from Mempho originally) I helped build a Tibetan Buddhist retreat for a couple of days out on this hippie dude's land that had a saw mill. Nice country out there. Anyway, just sayin' hello!
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Don't I know that feeling........

I'm in Ark. now, but last time I was in Crossville (from Mempho originally) I helped build a Tibetan Buddhist retreat for a couple of days out on this hippie dude's land that had a saw mill. Nice country out there. Anyway, just sayin' hello!
Hey.

Yeah, Ive been oscillating between Knox and Cookeville. Cookeville is closer, but Knox people are more personable.
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Friend of mine is riding around a GT aero aluminum frame and 8spd. He needed lower gears for the hills so he put an altus RD on and a 12-30 cassette. I personaly have a Microshift mountain 9spd RD with Dura-Ace 10spd downtube shifters.
How do you like the MicroSHIFT stuff? No one around here seems to have heard of them (blank stares). I get the impression that is at least as decent as Shimano Tiagra / Deore or SRAM Apex/X9.

In fact, on first glance it all looks very SRAM-ish.
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I have the Nashbar Microshift road RD on my Ciocc. Nashbar Microshift MTB on my Shogun with an 11-34 10spd cassette and compact crank 34-50. I love it, I can climb the steepest mountains around here and not have sore knees. As far as quality I would put it about 105 or apex, price was 30$ on sale each. I have had the road RD for 6 months, the first 2 or 3 rides I'd have to adjust the cable. After that smooth as silk.
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