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    ODB to those that know me outdoorboy's Avatar
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    9 speed vs 8 speed

    Okay before you trash me. I'm sure there were some threads on this already but the search feature let me down in finding them.

    I was in a small lbs the other day and the owner said he recommends 8 speed vs 9 speed clusters. He said that the 9 speeds have more problems and are harder to keep adjusted. I was wondering what everyone elses thoughts were on that. I ride with 8 on my mountain bike and have never had a problem. Since I may be getting a new bike in the next year or so I was wondering if I should stay away from the 9 speed. I rarely use the outer rings anyway.

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    [QUOTE=outdoorboy] He said that the 9 speeds have more problems and are harder to keep adjusted. /QUOTE]

    Balogna! I can't tell any difference at all either in number of problems or in adjuatability. Then again, I don't have an 8-speed bike that I'm trying to unload at the present time.

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    7 Speed cassettes will outlast 8 speeds will outlast 9 speeds.
    If you're like me who never really shifts much off the 39x18, then you're a perfect candidate for this.

    Cheap cassettes, longer lasting chains, longer lasting casettes, cheaper wheels. Ooh yeah.

    Any OCP members feel free to jump down my throat.

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    This is truely a case of less is more. I prefer 5 & 6 speed due to
    a less dished wheel along with enough speed for most riding
    conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    7 Speed cassettes will outlast 8 speeds will outlast 9 speeds.
    Amen, brother!

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