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Old 06-01-10, 07:40 PM
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Downtube Shifter Compatibility

I have a 9spd Ultegra cassette lying around which I would like to use with one of my classic rigs. The assumption that I have been living under is that everything within the Shimano domain can me mixed and matched with exception to dura-ace. Does this apply to vintage components as well? I absolutely do not want to convert my beloved bike into a modern/sti vehicle, so my question is this: can I use 9 speed DA downtube shifters with a 9 speed Ultegra cassette? The reason I chose DA is because it is the only 9 speed downtube shifter that I see out there. Are there any 105 or other 9 spd shifters in existance? I realize I can use virtually any dt shifter in friction mode and it will work fine, but I love the indexed feature.
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You must match the RD and the shifters, not the cassette, with Dura Ace. I know of no other Shimano 9-sp DT shifters. Use the 7700 RD, and you'll be fine.
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If the shifters are specific to the derailleur, wouldn't they be specific to the cassette as well? It seems to me that these components would be directly related...but what do i know,im just a noob. I am not questioning you, i just want know why dura-ace is specific in that way. I am assuming the cassette spacing is the same in all shimano classes within the same speed.
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