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Newbie Ultegra shifter/crankset question(5 posts)

Newbie Ultegra shifter/crankset questionJCintheBA
Feb 5, 2002 1:16 AM
I just got an awesome deal on my first road bike, a used Colnago masterlight with an Ultegra 8sp gruppo. It is geared way too big for the climbs around here. I am a fit, experienced MTBer so leg strength really isn't the issue.

Under most conditions my current small ring is fine so I don't want to change that. The simple answer is to get a bigger cogset and a new chain but...

Going to a triple seems to be a better solution for me. Do tapered 8sp triples still exist? If they do, would I need a new shifter/brake pod as well? If I have to get a new 9sp crank, that would mean a new splined BB and probably a new front derailleur to accommodate the 9sp chain and perhaps a new shifter too. Is it really worth opening up that can of worms?

I haven't figured out these wacky brake/shifter set ups you guys use (though they work great). I'm afraid the Shimano site wasn't much help.

Thanks!
JC
shimano web sitesimstress
Feb 5, 2002 7:26 AM
Did you try Shimano's Europe web site? Much more informative than the US site.

http://www.shimano-europe.com/cycling/index.phtml
re: Newbie Ultegra shifter/crankset questionRusty Coggs
Feb 5, 2002 8:45 AM
Your ultegra 8 speed shifters will not shift a triple.So, to do it really right, you need shifter,crankset,BB front and rear derailer. Pretty big can of worms.
re: Newbie Ultegra shifter/crankset question_Marty_
Feb 6, 2002 11:45 AM
I dont understand why you need a fron der though.. the rear needs to have a longer cage to pick up the extra slack.. but whats with the front derailler??
re: Newbie Ultegra shifter/crankset questionLC
Feb 6, 2002 1:21 PM
If you plan on putting a 39 T chainring instead of the 42 it will shift better and not have chain rub in the lowest gear. If you look at the cage of the front der you will see how it is shaped to drop to the 30 T. You can get it sort of work by adjusting the limit screw, but not perfectly.