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Old 09-30-05, 05:10 AM
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8 speed shifters?

Pricpoint and jenson don't have any. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Here ya go:
https://secure11.nexternal.com/share...products%2Easp

Sorry, looks like, for some reason, it didn't pick up the whole thing, but they do have 8 spd shifters.
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Shimano still makes 8 speed RF+ shifters, if you don't mind them saying Alivio on them. My bike came with them, in the 3 years of riding my bike has seen just about every part has been changed, all except my headset, seat post and shifters. If they didn't work great I would have changed them, I have no complaints with their performance when paired with a SRAM 5.0 cassette, PC-59 chain and XT derailler. Maybe I just don't know what I'm missing.
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another link
http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=9253
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Yeah.i was recently searching for 8 speed components and had a very hard time. Online shops don't seem to carry 8 speed and if they do it is a very poor selection. Even Ebay doesn't have alot.
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http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=15709
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Or get some classic Suntour Expert 8sp thumb shifters. They are teh hawtness!
http://www.firstflightbikes.com/shifters.htm
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Why dont you try your LBS?? Or is this too much to ask?
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because my LBS overcharges, is rude, has a bad selection, and overall is not worth supporting.
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Why not just change the cassette and chain and go 9 speed? It fits on your current hub
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because i don't like 27speeds.
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Originally Posted by revmonkey
because i don't like 27speeds.
You of course have a reason for this? I'm running 9's on both of my rigs with no issues
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How about trying to find a local LBS other than the one that you went too. I know about five LBS and from what I have found out there's always one shop that has a hard part to get in stock. My particular LBS is a low budget Schwinn dealer that cater to the low end crowd. And he stocks up on parts that are old tech.
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i have 2 lbs's. one is far away, one sucks. i dont like 27's because its simply too much. 21's are good, 24's pushing it imo. also, i don't want to buy a whole new casette, my casette is fine as it is. and i've heard bad things about 27's.
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Originally Posted by revmonkey
and i've heard bad things about 27's.
Such as?
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You're running mechanical brakes right rev? PM me I may have a solution
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Originally Posted by never
Such as?
well for one, i've heard that $hit gets in and because of the precision of the system, can mis-shift very easily
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Originally Posted by revmonkey
well for one, i've heard that $hit gets in and because of the precision of the system, can mis-shift very easily
I ride through Sugar sand with mine. Never had an issue
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Why not just change the cassette and chain and go 9 speed? It fits on your current hub
Maybe because he doesn't want to have to buy a new cassette or chain. I know I don't. I run XTR 8-speed with a Ti cassete on one of my bikes. It would bankrupt me to replace that with 9-speed XTR. The old stuff works great. I hope MTB doesn't get up to ten speeds like the roadies have.
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Originally Posted by revmonkey
because i don't like 27speeds.
So get a 9 speed and dump the baby ring in the front. Than you will be truly manly with 18.

BEsides, I am 90% sure you can use 9spd shifters on an 8spd cassette. My gf does it and I have done it in a pinch.

Or buy both http://www.bikeroom.com/Itemdesc.asp?ic=LD8400
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Maybe because he doesn't want to have to buy a new cassette or chain. I know I don't. I run XTR 8-speed with a Ti cassete on one of my bikes. It would bankrupt me to replace that with 9-speed XTR. The old stuff works great. I hope MTB doesn't get up to ten speeds like the roadies have.
If shi*mano has its way it will. Thats why I switched to sram. They hopefully have their head screwed on a little better than the nuts at shimano
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BEsides, I am 90% sure you can use 9spd shifters on an 8spd cassette.http://www.bikeroom.com/Itemdesc.asp?ic=LD8400
This didn't work for me at all. It shouldn't work in theory either. The spacing between cogs is wider on 8-speed cassettes. The total distance between the largest and smalest cogs is the same, so if you mix and match, you end up shifting part way into some gears. You might as well use old school friction shifters.
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Originally Posted by duckliondog
This didn't work for me at all. It shouldn't work in theory either. The spacing between cogs is wider on 8-speed cassettes. The total distance between the largest and smalest cogs is the same, so if you mix and match, you end up shifting part way into some gears. You might as well use old school friction shifters.
Well it has worked on 2 of my bikes and another buddies who was in a pinch. Kona releases (or release, in 2002 anyways) 3 bikes with this setup.

Acera (8spd) on lx (9spd) cassette. Theory or not. I have seen and made this work. Obviously you have to limit the deraileur to not go past the 8th gear. But this did work. In fact. It still works on my gf's 2002 Stuff which came with an 8spd cassette and 9spd shifter and has original parts.

You are right in a way, could be a lucky match. But I have seen this work a couple of times. Obviously it isn't the cleanest of shifting, but it does the job I am likely not as picky as some of the more xc oriented riders.

But ya...friction shifters was my next suggestion, that or grip shift
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Ah, well, I guess life just isn't fair sometimes. Nor is life. You're right, it does work, just not to the degree I wanted it to. I was able to shift into all of my gears, I just hated the way it did it.
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