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Rival X.9 Frankenstein Shifting Setup

Old 06-05-11, 12:10 PM
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Rival X.9 Frankenstein Shifting Setup

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I'm moving from a 2x10 Rival Group to a 2x9 X.9 group and I'm wondering if I can keep my left Rival road shifter, and just mount a right x.9 trigger shifter and keep my road bars (instead of swapping out for a flat bar and replacing both shifters).

I know that the X.9 and Rival are both compatible with each others R/F derailleurs, so that shouldn't be a problem ( I am obviously installing an 9 Speed X.9 rear derailleur and 9 sp cassette). However, I've never seen a setup with a Left Road Shifter and a Right Trigger Shifter before.

Even though The Rival is a 10 speed setup, the Left Shifter is just controlling the front derailleur right? So it shouldn't matter if that stays the same since I am going from a double (10 speed) to a double (9 speed).

Also, on SRAMs website, they don't list if the X.9 Trigger Shifters are 2x9 or 3x9. Does it matter? What would happen if I put 3x9 shifters on a 2x9 drivetrain? Would it just click when it hit the third position and nothing would happen?

Apologies in advance if I'm thinking like a newb and have missed something completely obvious.

Thanks for your insight.
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they typically would charge more for the right lever , alone than as part of the pair,

but given the task of the front derailleur shifter is still shove the chain back and forth
between 2 chainrings ..

limit screws on the FD stop the travel..

... you could leave the bike as is , and work on your training and riding skills instead..
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Road bike bars are larger diameter than mtb bars, so the X9 shifter clamp won't fit on your road bar.

2x9 or 3x9, the rear shifter should be the same.
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Thanks for the replies,

I've already gotten around the mounting issues for the differences between road and mtb widths. Can anyone comment on whether the Left Rival Shifter that is is shifting the Front Derailleur will also need to be replaced? It's a 2x10 shifter, and I don't know if their are spacing differences for the Front Derailleur movement between a 2x10 and a 2x9 drivetrain.

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Try it and see. chains differ only in fractions of MM.
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Why didn't you just use the 10sp X.9 with the rival shifter?
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Road and Mountain FD's have different cable travels, so a X9 will not be perfectly compatible with Rival. I used a Shimano 440 FD with my X7 2x9 left shifter on a standard road crank and it shifts like a dream. Before that combo I had lots of dropped chains trying general mtb shifters with mtb FD on compact road crank (curvature wrong) and mtb shifter with road FD on both compact and std crank (travel wrong).

By the way, have X9 on the rear and it is a sweet shifting system. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY
Road and Mountain FD's have different cable travels, so a X9 will not be perfectly compatible with Rival. I used a Shimano 440 FD with my X7 2x9 left shifter on a standard road crank and it shifts like a dream. Before that combo I had lots of dropped chains trying general mtb shifters with mtb FD on compact road crank (curvature wrong) and mtb shifter with road FD on both compact and std crank (travel wrong).

By the way, have X9 on the rear and it is a sweet shifting system. Good luck.
Haven't hit the CX forum in some time and forgot about this thread... but this is not correct. Well... it is for 9 speed, but not 10 speed. The SRAM mountain 10 speed parts work exactly like their road brethren and you can shift them with road brifters. 9 speed is a different animal, but since SRAM doesn't make a 9 speed road shifter, it shouldn't be an issue.

Shimano, FWIW, is the exact opposite. The older 9 speed mountain derailleurs work wonderfully with the road parts (even shifting a 10 speed drivetrain with their 10 speed shifters), but the new 10 speed ones do not.

PS... Where in CNY are you from, Roll? I just moved out of Syracuse a few months back... miss the riding there for sure
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