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8 Speed Chainrings(3 posts)

8 Speed ChainringsBob M
Mar 14, 2001 4:12 AM
I am in the process of repairing my 105 drivetrain (8 speed) and have come across a problem. I am not having any luck locating 8 speed shimano chainrings and have read that the 9 speed rings are incompatible with 8 speed chain and front derraileur. My preference is to change the rings, cassette and chain and be on my way. However, when I look into what it will take to use 9 speed rings it almosts makes more sense to upgrade the entire component group. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to locate these rings or experience using 9 speed rings on an 8 speed drive train?

Thanks
re: 8 Speed ChainringsWessley
Mar 14, 2001 7:13 PM
QBP catalogue list 8 speed shimano rings. Check with www.branfordbike.com
cheaper alternatives...dave
Mar 15, 2001 2:05 PM
Try stronglight or sugino chainrings from excel sports, they should work fine.

Only the inner 9 speed ring is different. It's made to be positioned slightly closer to the big ring.

If you have enough miles to have worn out a cassette and the rings, I would think that the derailleurs would also be well worn . If this is the case, it might make more sense to take the plunge to 9 speed.