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1x8 or 1x9?(9 posts)

1x8 or 1x9?skinl19
Feb 20, 2003 4:35 PM
I am planning on building a new cross bike over the summer and want to use a single chainring and barend shifter. Since all the components will be new I'm wondering whether to go 1x8 or 1x9. With one chainring should I opt for the extra cog or stay with the 8 and slightly stouter chain and cassette.
re: 1x8 or 1x9?Jakob
Feb 20, 2003 5:02 PM
If you're going Shimano, I don't think you can run an 8spd chain through a 9spd derailleur. That might be a limiting factor. I prefer 8spd.
re: 1x8 or 1x9?atpjunkie
Feb 20, 2003 7:17 PM
yes you can run 8sp chain through a 9 sp. derailleur. Have it on my MTB. Actually shop online for vintage XT 8sp. rear der., they are the best ever (IMHO) I perfer 8 for stoutness (or as some might say, perceived stoutness) as I've broken 2 9 sp. and no 8 sp. chains (not a perception). plus 8 sp. cogs clear gunk easier.
eight is great
re: 1x8 or 1x9?triangleforge
Feb 21, 2003 7:09 AM
I'm currently running 1x8 on my 'cross bike, but may switch to 9 over the summer -- though that would mainly be to standardize my 700c wheelsets & drivetrains to 9-sp, rather than any dissatisfaction with 8. You should be fine with either, and ATPjunkie's correct, there's no problem running 9 speed rear derailleurs with 8 speed chains & shifters EXCEPT 8-speed Dura Ace derailleurs, which should go with 8-sp Dura Ace shifters (STI, bar-end, or downtube).

agree with all above...pdg60
Feb 21, 2003 7:59 AM
and I would recommend going 8 speed without a doubt.

Less clogging in cassette, no need for extra cog 'cause you're gonna be running, etc.
read this thread over at re: 8 vs 9 speed ...GlowBoy
Feb 21, 2003 12:12 PM

The conclusion is rather overwhelming, at least for MTBing. Less fussy adjustments, better mud performance and stronger more durable chains.

OTOH, CX is not mtn biking, and the quality and selection of 8 speed parts is not as good for road components as it is for mtn components. Still, as long as you're going with bar ends 8 speed seems like a pretty good idea as long as you don't "need" the extra gear. And yes, a 9 speed derailleur will work just fine.

- Dan
Feb 21, 2003 12:34 PM
11-30 8 sp XT cassettes rule and gibe the best range IMHO for cx
9 sp is 12-34 or something
re: 1x8 or 1x9?1x1 Speed Craig
Feb 21, 2003 6:11 PM
I went with a 1x8 for one of my mountain bikes. You can see the setup I use here. In my experience (this statement is key, as I don't want to start some big debate), 8-speed has been a lot more reliable and less problematic.

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re: 1x8 or 1x9?atpjunkie
Feb 21, 2003 7:29 PM
eight is great, C'Mon Shimano help us out!!!