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Old Ultegra STI shifter, front and rear derailleurs(4 posts)

Old Ultegra STI shifter, front and rear derailleursEdmund
Apr 27, 2001 5:45 AM
I have an the old Ultegra STI shifter, old Ultegra front and rear derailleurs. I would like to replace them with lighter alternatives and while keeping 8 speed format. Any suggestions. I have replaced everything else on my bike (calipers included) and I've run out of ideas. Thanks
re: Old Ultegra STI shifter, front and rear derailleursSydnie
Apr 27, 2001 12:38 PM
You can use 8 speed DA shifters and drailers with your 8 speed cogset. You can also even use 9 speed DA shifters with a 8 speed DA rear derailer and the 8 speed cogset. Weight savings....I duno,but I bet someone does.
re: Old Ultegra STI shifter, front and rear derailleursB. Rich
Apr 27, 2001 5:33 PM
Will 9 speed DA shifters work with an 8 speed ultegra derailleur? I can't seem to find any 8 speed DA or Ultegra shifters.
Choicesgrz mnky
Apr 30, 2001 1:13 PM
There is a 1 lb. weight savings in the newer 9 speed package. A big part of that comes from the redesigned STI shifters. The older 8 speed ones are virtually boat anchors. You can keep your front and rear der. and just change the cassette, shifters, chain and inner front chain ring. Swapping the front der out is good b/c the width of the cage is slightly narrower for the 9 speed chain. If you decide to swap out the crank and BB you can save some more. Some say you can get the 9 speed levers to shift the 8 speed cassette, but it only works so-so at the extremes. IMO it isn't worth it.

If you really want to save weight, but have a tight budget throw on a set of down tube shifters and ditch the STI setup for "regular" levers (brakes only). STI comes at a weight penalty - you can get "silly light" without it!

You can also use your left over 8 speed stuff to setup another bike (for yourself or a buddy) or sell the stuff on the classifieds - the stuff works well enough and people still want it.