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    Shimano 8 Speed Indexing: Will This Work?

    I cross posted this in the C&V sub forum, but I suppose this question really belongs here.

    I'm curious if this will index. I'm going to install the Shimano 8sp bar end shifters (thanks, Brock!) regardless because if it doesn't index to my satisfaction I'll just use the friction setting. But here's what I have.

    • Shimano 8sp bar end shifters
    • Shimano 8sp HG cassette
    • Shimano 130mm freehub
    • Shimano RD-MT60 long cage deraileur (ca. 1988; meant to index with 6sp shifters)
    I suppose at the heart of the matter is this: Is the design of the MT60 similar enough to a modern 8sp compatible RD that the cable pull from the 8sp shifters will place it in the right spot over each cog?

    The spacing on a 6sp freewheel is something like 5.5mm and is 4.8mm on an 8sp, but all that is related to the pull of the shifter itself, correct?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    ...but all that is related to the pull of the shifter itself, correct?[/IMG]
    Correct. With very few exceptions, Shimano RDs of the indexed era have the same pull ratios and the indexing is determined by the shifter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    Correct. With very few exceptions, Shimano RDs of the indexed era have the same pull ratios and the indexing is determined by the shifter.
    Right, and the exceptions in regard to a different cable pull ratio of Shimano rear derailleurs from the indexing era are eight speed and earlier Dura Ace and the brand new Dyna Sys "10 speed" mountain bike stuff. All other index-compatilbe Shimano rear derailleurs use the same cable pull ratio.

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    So, well biked, are you saying that the RD-MT60's pull ratio won't jive with the 8sp shifters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    So, well biked, are you saying that the RD-MT60's pull ratio won't jive with the 8sp shifters?
    He's saying it will.

    DA 8 speed and the 10s MTB stuff do not have the same pull ratio as the rest of the lineup. You are in the clear.

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