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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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    "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize"
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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.

    Brad

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Boye View Post
    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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    Last edited by dwellman; 04-15-11 at 02:51 PM. Reason: more info
    "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize"
    "So I do not run like someone who doesn't run toward the finish line. I do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air."
    "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by dwellman View Post

    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.

    Thanks.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by thook View Post
    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.
    "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize"
    "So I do not run like someone who doesn't run toward the finish line. I do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air."
    "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Edwards View Post
    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.
    "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize"
    "So I do not run like someone who doesn't run toward the finish line. I do not fight like a boxer who hits nothing but air."
    "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

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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.
    Totaly cheap wieght weenie. Totaly cheap bike snob. But I love Italian hand made stuff. 84' Ciocc, 85' Raleigh Super Course, 96' Sakae Litage, 2000 Lemond Maillot Jaune,
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