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Old 12-10-19, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
E type, Never heard of that, but makes sense. That might need to be changed. As I suggested, some newer derraileurs just might be in order. But I will see if the existing units will cover 9 speeds. Also the crankset might not be able to cover the narrower chain. I found Shimano 105 1055 RD covered 9 speed cassettes in friction mode, on a 92 trek 1400 I picked up last spring, and let my son in law use. I used a wheelset that needed a spacer for the 7 speed cassette.
The cranks will work with a 9-speed chain, and the derailleurs will work with 9sp indexing. However, the front derailleur uses a different cable pull than road brifters; you may need a road triple front derailleur to use those cranks, with a compact cage if possible.

As for parts, I wouldn't worry about age, but rather condition and quality; older nice parts are still nicer than new low-end parts.
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