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    would a 9 speed shifter work for an 8 speed?

    Like the title says. I have gripshift on my bike right now and I loved it until I tried rapidfire... which is beautiful and it seems like everyone only carries 9 spd. rapids.
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    www.bikeroom.com still has a full contingent of 8 spd parts in the xt class...in the states call airbomb as they are the same company you should be able to get them.

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    i have a 8 sp rapid fire on my old bike...alivio? i think thats what it is.
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    AIrbomb carries 8 speed Rapidfire shifters, XT and Alivio.
    http://store.airbomb.com/site/introd...&Category=2390

    You could always upgrade to 9sp, if youre rear and front derailleur are 9sp compatible just replace shifters and cassette.

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    i forgot to add you can use 9sp for the 8sp cassette. I did that on my old old bike......7sp for the 6 sp casseette. JUst make sure yo don;t shift any higher then 8
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    Before you go rapidfire I'd recommend having a look at the SRAM triggers, I've only had mine on for 24hrs but initial impressions are good.
    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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    The index spacing in the shifter on either a 9 speed rapidfire or Grip Shift is smaller than 8 therefore it does not work that well. However most any LBS can get 8 speed stuff easily.

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    Let's not forget to mention that the leverage ratio is different for a Sram (or ESP) derailleur. IOW, you can't use a Sram rear derailleur with an XT shifter or vice versa.

    Sram however DOES make a grip shifter that IS compatible with Shimano.

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    Originally posted by a2psyklnut
    Let's not forget to mention that the leverage ratio is different for a Sram (or ESP) derailleur. IOW, you can't use a Sram rear derailleur with an XT shifter or vice versa.

    Sram however DOES make a grip shifter that IS compatible with Shimano.

    L8R
    The new SRAM triggers come in both SRAM compatible X7/X9 and Attack which are Shimano compatible. As far as I know though they are only 9spd. Gripshift is still available in 8.
    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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