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Old 03-18-09, 06:46 PM   #1
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can an 8 speed DA rd handle a 28T cog?

i know shimano docs say no, but there is often wiggle room. empirical evidence? chain wrap issues? going on a 52/42 chorus double.
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velobase says 26 is that max:

http://velobase.com/ViewSingleCompon...=108&AbsPos=36

That said, it's worth a try.
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Mine isn't supposed to, haven't pushed it.
I have an 8-sp 600 RD doing just that. Chain length is critical. And I mean you have to have it right on.
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From my experience with other Shimano dérailleurs (105 and XT), I'd say yes. You will probably have to tighten the B-screw and shorten the chain, as RobbieTunes said. Since the front is a 52-42 the chain wrap should remain ok.

Give it a try and let us know!
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how do i calculate chain length? i believe i have something like an 11-21 mounted now.
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how do i calculate chain length? i believe i have something like an 11-21 mounted now.
Your chain is too short: it won't wrap the 52x28. I'd add 3 or 4 links. Ideally the small-small should not be too loose and the big-big not too tight.

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