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Campy 8 speed triple rear der. with 9 speeds?(3 posts)

Campy 8 speed triple rear der. with 9 speeds?dzrider
Mar 21, 2002 1:48 PM
My wife has been using an 8 speed Campy triple, down tube levers and a 6 speed freewheel. It indexes fine. We are having the stays spread to accomodate a wider cassette and hope to use ergo-levers and a 9 speed cassette. Will this require a new derailleur? I've almost always been able to get away with stuff like this but Branford Bike says no.
Any experience or guidance appreciated.
It'll work - sort ofMcAndrus
Mar 21, 2002 2:09 PM
I have a Bianchi that began life as an 8 speed. This winter I put a 9 speed Chorus shifter and 9 speed rear wheel on. I left the 8 speed long cage derailleur on.

It shifts adequately but that's all. I won't upgrade the rear derailleur because it's my rain bike. If I miss a shift on a climb, no one knows but me.

But it does work. It's just a little slow on the shift and sometimes you have to nudge the shift lever a little extra to make the pulleys line up under the cassette correctly.
It'll work - sort of...YES!!! All the Time.IF Guy
Mar 25, 2002 8:13 AM
All the both of you need to do is to replace the pulleys from your 8 speed setup with pulleys for a 9 speed derailleur. Both the 9 speed pulleys and the bolts are narrower than the 8spd and will fit the chain better and line up on the cogs correctly. I hope that this made sense.