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Does Shimano do this on purpose?(4 posts)

Does Shimano do this on purpose?Matno
Jun 24, 2002 4:12 PM
Seems like they try to scare you into buying higher end parts. In the installation instructions for my new 9 speed downtube shifters, it specifically says that it is ONLY compatible with a DuraAce rear derailleur. I haven't tried it yet (my RD is 105), but I'm thinking it can't be true since I know other shifter/derailleur combos are compatible. On the other hand, if it IS true, I'm in trouble... Can anyone save me the trouble of worrying?

The instructions for my 105 parts had Ultegra level parts listed for compatibility, while my Ultegra parts had Dura Ace listed. I guess they figure that the unenlightened will buy one part to upgrade and then suddenly think that they have to upgrade the whole drivetrain when they read the installation sheet...
re: Does Shimano do this on purpose?Juanmoretime
Jun 24, 2002 4:43 PM
It will work just fine. The amount of cable pull required to shift any nine speed Shimano is the same. Do they do it on purpose, you better believe it!
re: Does Shimano do this on purpose?Dave Hickey
Jun 25, 2002 3:34 AM
All nine speed Shimano parts are compatible. 6,7 and 8 speed Dura Ace shifters only worked with D/A rear derailleurs. As long as your shifters are 7700 series(polished silver) and not 7400 series (dark gray), you'll have no problems.
Annoy us? Yes. ( EOM)snuggleman308
Jul 3, 2002 4:35 PM