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Originally Posted by 2WheelMotion
Can I use an Ultegra 9spd brake/shifter with an older (8spd) long cage XT rear derailleur? I guess I'll have to buy a newer 9spd mountain cluster
You can use a 9 speed sti shifter with an 8 speed cluster, works OK, you just have a ghost click. Don't get a new cluster until the old one is trashed. In fact it might even work marginally better in wet mud than 9 speed as it's not quite so finicky about adjustment, and 8 speed chains are stronger. The older XT derailleur will work fine.
If you don't want anything larger than a 27t in the rear, a road rear derailleur will shift a little faster, be less prone to snagging the chain on something, and better prevent chain drop when you're sloppy with bouncing your bike around on remounts. But if you're not racing it's not a big deal.
Last edited by ZenNMotion; 03-23-05 at 09:55 AM.