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Old 01-01-20, 03:44 PM
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11 speed on old MTB?

Ok so I have a couple of old MTB bikes I'm messing around with. The are 26 wheels with 135qr hubs and Shimano freehub. So as far as I understand it 11 speed mountain bike cassette will fit the wheel. My concern is the rest of the bike. If I use the old crankset with the middle chainring will I have to worry about my chainline? I'm also not opposed to going 10 speed if I would have less clearance issues.

I have searched and wasn't finding satisfactory answers. Any info is appreciated.


Edit:
I found an article that explains my conundrum. I will probably just go with 10 speed.

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Ok so I have a couple of old MTB bikes I'm messing around with. The are 26 wheels with 135qr hubs and Shimano freehub. So as far as I understand it 11 speed mountain bike cassette will fit the wheel. My concern is the rest of the bike. If I use the old crankset with the middle chainring will I have to worry about my chainline? I'm also not opposed to going 10 speed if I would have less clearance issues.

I have searched and wasn't finding satisfactory answers. Any info is appreciated.


Edit:
I found an article that explains my conundrum. I will probably just go with 10 speed.
11 and 12 speed HG MTB cassettes should work.
Chainline should be OK with middle ring.

Note that a new NW chainring would help to keep the chain on. So measure BCD of that middle ring.
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