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9s rear deraullier with 10s chain

I have a 9s rear derailleur in a 10s transmission. It works fine, but I have concerns about if this configuration could produce problems in the long term. I know the 10s chain is narrow compared the ...
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mixed MTB/road bike for touring: uncleanliness of a Frankenstein setup

It appears that there are similar threads, so I'll reformulate it with more specific questions and taking the cue from comments. I am assembling my brand-new touring bike on a LHT frame, and I'd ...
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Shimano brakeset hood model compatibility

I am trying to find out if shimano brakeset hood have compatibility with different brakeset. In my specific case, I have a ST-2200 but can only find arround hood for ST-5800 or ST-6600. Is their a ...
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Older rims, newer tires

Can I put "new" 27 and half inch tires on "old" 27 inch rims? Looking to save the trouble of finding out!
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How do I determine shock compatibility?

I have a Trek Fuel EX 9 2013 with shock DRCV FOX FLOAT CTD 7.25" x 1.875" and I want to know if Rock Shox Monarch RT3 184mm x 48mm (same that FOX in inches) for Trek bikes is compatible. There are ...
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Compatibility of predictive steering hub with boost 110 fork

I have a bike which had a RS1 fork and a wheel with a required predictive steering hub. I have a second bike which has a Boost 110 front fork. Since both these hubs are 110mm wide, can I use the ...
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shimano fc4400 double chainring replacement

I am looking to replace my Tiagra fc4400 52t chainring, however it seems to be out of stock everywhere. Based on the parameters (130BCD, 52t) I found a few alternatives, however all of them are 10 ...
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Basic chainset compatibility question

I need to replace my chainset (42x34x22). Would a 42x32x22 be a compatible replacement?
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What are “M14/125” pedals?

While looking for replacement pedals for my old French bike, I've come across products which are labelled as having thread size "M14/125". Does this denote the "traditional French" threading of 14*1....
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Can I Upgrade shimono Ultegra 9 speed 12-27 cassette

I have a 2009 Trek 7.7 FX with Ultegra 12-27T cassette, 50/39/30 Front triple. I want to upgrade the rear cassette to give better hill climbing gears. Can I fit an 11-34 Rear cassette and if so what ...
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Why 9 speed front derailleur cannot handle 10 speed rear derailleur?

Some people are using non compatible components on their bikes. For example, using Tiagra's old 3x9 speed FD (4503?) with a 10 speed RD. And it works. So what is the point of saying "Dear customer, ...
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Road shifter to Mountain Bike derailleur compatibility (Example: SRAM x7)

I am wondering what's involved in switching out Mountain Bike (MTB) shifters to integrated road shifters while keeping the rest of the MTB drivetrain (derailleurs, cassette, etc.) unmodified. Note ...
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Will any Shimano V brake fit any v brake lever and any v brake bike?

I need to replace the V brake on this bike: It uses Shimano EZ FIRE 40 brake levers, and has Shimano V brakes installed (Tektro TK837). Can I replace these V brakes with any other V brakes ...
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Are all vintage bikes difficult to work on?

I have had a couple of vintage bikes (from the '80s and earlier) and all have been absolute nightmares to work on: They always seem to have weird dimensions which aren't available anymore or in the ...
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BMX V-Brake lever for MTB compatibility

Shimano have this v-brake levers in the product family DXR for BMX. Is there any difference between a BMX brake lever and an MTB one? Are they smaller?
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Can I fit a 32-630 tire on a 20-622 rim?

I know that the width difference might present problems later on, but if I understand correctly then it should be possible. The bike isn't meant to be used in high performance circumstances, just the ...
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Can I replace the crank on a Raleigh m20 with one from a Schwinn Ranger?

I have a Raleigh m20 mountain bike with a messed up crankset. The only other crankset I have is from a Schwinn Ranger. The two cranksets look like they are the same size. Is it possible to install ...
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Is a Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 rear derailleur compatible with a Dura-Ace 7900 11-27 cassette?

Is the Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 10 speed cassette with a ratio of 11-27 cassette compatible with a dura-ace 7800 rear derailleur? Some people say its fine but more important to me is what Shimano says ...
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Can I replace my Shimano outer chain ring with a SRAM?

I need to replace my outer chain ring. I am currently running a 50t, I'm pretty sure it's a 130 BCD. I am considering a SRAM Outer chain ring as a replacement. I assume as long as measurements are ...
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Putting Shimano SORA STI Shifters on Touring Bike w/Deore Derailure

So I just bought the 2015 Fuji Touring Bike and it came with bar-end shifters. I do a lot of city riding so having STI "Brifters" is really convenient in hilly city traffic. The problem is my Fuji ...
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Road Brifters with MTB Derailleurs

I've just bought a lovely Surly touring frame and I simply stuck all of my mountain bike components on it. That means I've retained a flat handlebar. I'd really like to stick drop bars on though and ...
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Is Sram PG850 cassette a substitute for Shimano TZ31 freewheel?

I need your advice. I have a Giant Escape 2014 UK model bike and it's time to change the chain and the original cassette/freewheel, which are worn out. My question is, if I get this Sram PG850 8-...
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Use a KMC X10 SL chain on an 11 Speed cassette?

I have two KMC X10 SL chains that I never ended up using. I got my new bike, which came with a KMC X11 chain (the bike is Specialized Diverge Comp). I am wondering if I can use the X10 chain on this ...
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26er Rims for a 26x1.95 tire?

My rims are pretty old and I need help in buying a new one.Can i use a 26er Rims for a 26x1.95 tire?
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Upgrade conversion

Hello there I just refurbish and converted a Bridgestone MB -5. I using Shimano Sora flight deck shifters 3x8. Rear derailleur is a Shimano Deore front Shimano Derailleur. Crank is a Silgiovt sp 11/...
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Touring Drivetrain Dilemna

I own a 2015 Specialized AWOL Elite and love it except when I am fully loaded and lumbering up a pass. I'm looking for a way to get more range without completely replacing my drivetrain. This ...
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Thinner tires for my Mountain Bike

I know little about all of this, so, go easy on me. I've got a mountain bike, fairly light in weight and rarely ever used for anything other than road use. The current tires say 58-559 / 26x2.35. Is ...
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Which road shifters will work with Shimano Deore (M)610 Groupset?

I'd like to get the Shimano Deore 610 Groupset 3x10 but want to run drop handlebars with brifters (brakes & shifters combined) but it seems like this is almost impossible... I've been told by one ...
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Can I put a Tortec Epic rear rack on a 27" frame?

I'm reviewing racks for my newly re-built vintage tour bike. I have 126mm drops. I'm guessing I can just use spacers/washers to get the width lined up, but the it's listed as 26", so if there isn't ...
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Compatibility issues with upgrading a 1991 1400a Miyata Road Bike

I've only just started getting into bikes recently, so i'll try and be as accurate and succinct as possible. Apologies in advance if I confuse anyone. I want to upgrade the wheels and crankset on my ...
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New Brake Compatibility with Vintage Bike

I have a vintage Gitane Sprint from the early '80s which came with Weinmann 405s (single-pivot side pulls). I had been thinking about replacing the front brake anyway and then recently broke the quick ...
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Swap MTB parts to road bike

I have changed my tires to road and crank set to 48 teeth. The question is with all my current parts is there a way I can buy a road bike frame and transfer everything on to the road bike frame? My ...
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Upgrading from 50/34 to 50/39 with Shimano Sora?

I have a road-biased hybrid that came with a compact 110mm BCD 50/34 Shimano Sora crankset and chainrings. I'd like to upgrade the inner ring to 39, but I'm having some trouble figuring out what to ...
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I have an old Sugino 110mm BCD ring set, can I replace low ring with SHIMANO FC-5650 chainring 34T?

I have a 48 tooth main ring with 165 cranks. FD is Sora double and rear is Tiagra short with Shimano 7 freewheel. If I can put this 34 ring on it gives me sufficient range for the next few months and ...
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Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?

I'm a big mountain biker and looking to get into road biking. However, I don't want to drop $1,500 on a new or relatively new road bike without being sure I'd want to stick with it. Anyway, I found ...
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Can I use 11 speed chainrings with 9 speed chain?

To be more specific, my bike come with Shimano Sora 9 speed group set. I'm using a KMC X9 9 speed chain. I studied quite a lot of websites. They claim that chainrings are compatible with any speed of ...
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Campagnolo Crank Compatibility 11 speed crank to 9 speed chain/deraillieur/shifters

I need to replace my 9 Speed Campagnolo Racing T Crank with a new one which uses the power torque system. Is a 11 Speed Athena (or 10 speed Centaur) crank compatible with the racing t front ...
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Are road caliper brakes usually compatible with any model of lever/STI shifter?

I have a Specialized Allez 16 (2011) road bike with Shimano 2300 STI shifters and no-name brand caliper brakes. The brakes have always felt a bit mushy despite my best efforts at adjustment/replacing ...
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Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?

I'm new to road bikes, but have been building mountain bikes for many years. I purchased a cheap road bike (at BSO price level) which I am upgrading for fun. I'd like to upgrade the brakes to ...
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Shimano XT with Campag Centaur crank?

I would like to use a Shimano XT group for my flat-bar disc-brake touring bike, but the XT crankset doesn't suit my touring needs very well. I would prefer having a 50/34 crank instead of the XT's 38/...
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Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?

I have a 2008 Giant XTC 01 that came with disc brakes. Those brakes have been difficult to service throughout my time with the bike, now the pads on the back are worn out the fluid lines on the front ...
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9sp/10sp compatibility in Shimano SLX drivetrains

This is related to my previous question about SLX chainrings. I'm half way through upgrading my drivetrain from 2x9 to 2x10. I currently have: Shifters: SL-M670-I (10sp), Chainset: FC-M665 (9sp ...
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Which standalone head units would work with Tacx i.Flow T2270?

I'd like to be able to use my Tacx i.Flow T2270 trainer without a PC. Apart from the T2202, which current or older standalone head units would be compatible? Would T1682 work? What about head units ...
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Brake levers for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I'm looking at replacing the brake levers on an older road bike and was wondering if the cable pull ratio for the old Dia Compe center pull brakes pictured below is compatible with new road brake ...
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Are these SIS Mountain/City Bike Derailleurs compatible with drop-bar shifting?

I'm considering the conversion of my flat-bar hybrid bike (GIANT Escape 3) in to a makeshift road bike, complete with drop bars. However, if the derailleurs have to go, it may not be cost-effective to ...
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Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?

I currently have a 12-30t rear cassette which needs replacing. While I'm at it, I really want to switch to an 11 tooth to get the extra 9% in top speed. But the problem is, even the most expensive (...
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upgrading components on replacement?

Is it practical (or is there any reason not to) upgrade components on a bicycle when they are replaced? For instance, I've got a 10 speed cassette on a tour bike that needs to be replaced. The bike ...
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can i use a 700c tire (Gatorskin 700c x23) on a 650 wheel

I am thinking of getting some Velocity Rims that are 650c but I am wondering if I will be able to use my 700x23c Gatorskin tires on them? Also what do you think about 650c wheels pros and cons. Also,...
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Quick Release Rack with Horizontal Dropouts

I own a 1980s Panasonic (steel) road bike without eyelets for a rack or fenders, and I'd like to add a rack. The seat stays and chain stays on this bike are a bit thinner than I'd be comfortable to ...
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Are new Shimano shifters compatible with old 600 Arabesque derailleurs?

Does anyone know if I can use new gear shifters, especially integrated road bike shifters, with vintage a Shimano 600 Arabesque rear derailleur? Will the pull ratio of the shifter and derailleur match?...