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.