I am upgrading my 1999 cannondale F500. I bought new wheels and now I'm was looking to buy new shifters and brakes. My bike is an 8 spd so some parts are hard to come by. I saw Jenson has the 8spd xt shifters for $60. I also saw, on pricepoint, a shimano xt 9spd upgrade kit for $200. The kit includes a rear derailleur, shifter/brake lever combo, chain and cog:
Convert your 8-speed to Mega 9! Includes STI shifters/brake levers, rear derailleur, cassette, and chain.
thanks for your replies!