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Yes; 8 and 9 speed chains are effectively the same so can be interchanged as you wish.
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Yes ....you can use a 9spd chain with an 8spd cassette, the difference between 8 and 9 spd chains is in the width, with the 9 spd chain being slightly narrower. You cannot use an 8 spd chain with a 9 spd transmission though. Provided that the chain does not fall into the gaps between each sprocket the only slight disadvantage that you may incur is that the shifting may not be quite as crisp. It is unlikely that you will notice any difference. Generally speaking....like for like quality and link length....the 9 spd chain will be slightly lighter as there is simply less metal in there. Personally, and regardless of all the sales hype from the industry, 8 spd chains are stronger....quality for quality. There is no substitute for metal. I use an 8spd set up for my " training in all filthy conditions " bike, as it simply outlasts and outshifts my 9 and 10 spd transmissions. Frankly the 10 spd is dreadful in mud and grime.
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Yes you can, but an 8 speed chain is cheaper and slightly more durable.
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yes, you can use it, I did that a few times
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Il corpo ruota libera puó essere trivato inserendo la parola "freehub" nel campo di ricerca.
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Questo kit di conversione è solo per un mozzo anteriore 100mm di larghezza.
Non sarà una corona posteriore mozzo.
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7speed cassettes only interchange with the old 6 speed hubs. 8 speed only interchange with 9 speed hubs.
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The freehub body of a 7 speed system is a few mm narrower than that of the 8speed

So - alas - the simple answer is NO.

However, the complicated answer is YES! You'll have to remove the hub spindle, and using a large allen key (can't recall if it's 10 or 12mm) unscrew the freehub body, and replace it with a more recent 8/9/10 freehub body. (8, 9 and 10 speed cassettes are all the same, total width), Make sure that cones and seals are compatible with the new freehub body, but it is possible to remove the dust cap from the old one, and re-use it in the new one.

Your overall hub width will increase by a couple off mm, so you may have to re-dish the wheel, or, if you fit an extra spacer on the LH side, that may do it, but it could be a tight fit in the frame. Make sure you have enough axle left to properly re-assemble the hub.

I've done this on several occasions, but I'm also a wheel builder, so for me, it's just as quick, and a lot less messy, to rebuild the rim onto a new hub.
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Can I use SRAM chain and cassette with Shimano STIs?
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Most hub manufacturers design their freehubs to a similar standard, thus the cassette manufacturers like Shimano and Sram design their transmissions to be a "generic" fit. Shimano and Sram are not compatible on shifter/rear mechs though. Shimano and Sram cassettes will fit almost all freehubs regardless of the trigger shifters or shifting ratios. The ratios and therefore issues with interface, will not effect which make of cassette or chain that you use.
So...go ahead and replace your cassette with a Sram and the chain will also be fine. Of course be sure to replace like for like....e.g...if you are running 8 speed shifters you use an 8 speed cassette & chain, if you are running 9 speed shifters you use a 9 speed cassette and chain....etc.
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Yes, they are compatible.
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Im thinking of going from 9 speed to 10 speed cassette. If i do, is the hub that I'm using now, be good for the 10 speed cassette? Or do i need to get a new rear hub, for the 10 speed to fit in???
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A 10sp cassette is actually slightly narrower than a 8/9sp cassette, so depending on the hub you have, to fit a 10sp cassette to your 8/9sp freehub you may need to add a 1mm spacer first.
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A 10 speed cassette will fit on a 9 speed hub, it is actually slightly narrower and requires a small shim before fitting the cassette.
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My current cassette is a CS-HG20-9 that has rusted after some months of riding. I would like to upgrade to a higher-quality 9 speed cassette. can you suggest one or two models?
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Your current cassette is a budget Shimano one, I think it is Acera level.
Try a Shimano XT M770 9 Speed MTB Cassette. This is only one level down from the top of the range XTR and is presently on offer with a number of on-line retailers (Chain Reaction being one), it also represents outstanding value for money because it will operate far better than the cassette that you currently use. It is better designed, will change gear far more smoothly......as the ramping is cut into the steel rather than pressed and is considerably lighter.. Provided that you change your chain regularly then the Shimano XT M770 9 Speed MTB Cassette will last for some time, and not rust. I have used this type of cassette on all of my bikes for more than ten years. It equals XTR level in every way except that it is a few grams heavier. As I ride in the U.K I cannot justify using an XTR (Titanium) cassette which is ridden in so much mud and grit. Regardless of the claims, titanium is an aero-space grade metal and will not last longer than quality stell as aircraft are not designed to operate in "grinding paste" type conditions. There is NO discernable difference in shifting quality between XT and the top of the range XTR.
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Any of the higher quality Shimano cassettes with chrome plated sprockets will suit your needs. 105, Ultegra for road or Alevio, SLX for MTB will last very well without rusting.
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10 spd cassettes.

Can I use a 10 spd. mtb. cassette, say an 11-32 XT model, instead of an existing 11-28 10 spd. Ultegra model to lower the gearing..? I don't want to use the available 12 -30 Ultegra cogset as I don't want to lose the 11 tall gear cog.
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Using a cassette of this width may function if the correct derailleur model is being used; however a MTB cassette will not shift as smoothly as a Road equivalent.

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Yes, but you may need to add a couple of links to your chain.
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Hi,
I am using cassette Shimano Ultegra 12-27 10 speed today, can I switch easy to Shimano Ultegra 6700 10 Speed Road Cassette 12-30?
If so, is there anything else I need to keep in mind?
I need to lower gear to get up the hills.
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The swapping over of the cassette is fairly straight forward however not all Shimano Road Rear Derailleurs are compatible with a large low sprocket.

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Yes, but you may need to add a couple of links to your chain.
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The 11-32t ratio for an 8-speed cassette is the only option we have close to this ratio.

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A Shimano or SRAM 8 speed cassette will suit your needs.
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Shimano Tiagra 9 speed group set from 2005 with Triple front, 13-25 cassette, wondering if I can get away with a larger rear cog.
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The cassette range you can run depends on the tooth capacity of your rear derailleur. You calculate your tooth capacity by subtracting the number of teeth on the smallest front ring from the largest, and the same difference between cassette cogs.

For example, a 30.39.53 chainset has a front capacity of 23t (53-30), and an 11-28 cassette has a rear capacity of 17t, which gives a total tooth capacity of 40 (23+17). The older Tiagra GS (for triple) derailleur had a capacity of 37t.
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Depends on your rear derailleur, but it shouldn't be a problem with a 28.
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