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Upgrading to 9 Sp. from 6 Sp.(6 posts)

Upgrading to 9 Sp. from 6 Sp.Soul-Tez
Feb 4, 2003 4:54 PM
I have an 18 year old Cannondale SR400 that has 130 mm between the rear dropouts. I know that this bike came with a 6 SP. freewheel. It has 7 indexed speeds now. Is there any reason I could'nt move up to a 9 speed setup. I'm on a $400 budget and I put a custom paint job on it a few years ago that I don't want to just throw away.
If it's really 130 mm, you should have no problemsKerry
Feb 4, 2003 5:20 PM
However you're looking at significant $$ for new rear wheel, derailleur, shifter, etc. Your $400 will just about cover it, and is probably better kept to apply to your next bike. Upgrading an 18 yr old bike that wasn't that close to the top of the heap when it was new strikes me as a bit of "mutton dressed as lamb."
If it's really 130 mm, you should have no problemsatpjunkie
Feb 4, 2003 6:30 PM
agree, especially that old rattle your fillings loose C'Dale's of yore. Save the $$ and buy a newer rig (like 1 or 2 years old) on the web (classifieds or ebay) your money will be better served
Be carefulmacalu
Feb 5, 2003 10:15 AM
A frame of this vintage was certainly made with a 126mm rear spacing. Did you get a rear wheel replaced along the line. If so, some bike shop weenie jammed a 130 axle into your rear triangle (no offense). Guy did it to me on an old ride but I caught it and replaced with the corrent length axle. This stress is too much for an aluminum frame.
re: Upgrading to 9 Sp. from 6 Sp.the bull
Feb 5, 2003 3:19 PM
Why are you wasting your money save it for a new bike
This would be the wise thing to do.
You guys are pretty free with my fundsSoul-Tez
Feb 5, 2003 7:57 PM
I have 2 small kids that will need to go to school someday. So I'm keeping old stiffie unless you can tell me tommorows lottery number.I'll spend money on my mountain bike where the real fun is. The current wheel falls in and out of the dropouts with no leverage at all. The frame is not broke at the bottom bracket or the brakes on the seat stays.