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For the rear, a 9 speed Sora brifter will be fine -- 9 speed cable pull is the same between Shimano road and mountain. For the front, the bike has a Shimano Altus front derailleur. You'll need to swap a road triple front derailleur for that (make sure to check the spec sheet to ensure your crankset's chainring sizes are within spec (not a problem) and the ...


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If you want to run drop bars and don't care if you actually have brifters or not, I've had a really good experience using Gevenalle Shifting system. It mounts bar end shifters on the front of brake levers and offers configurations for Shimano compatible 9/10/11 speed setups and use a friction shifter for the front (you wouldn't need a new front derailleur). ...


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I don't see any problem with doing this on your bike if you use Shimano drifters. Generically there are two areas you'll need to consider: The actuation ratio of the shifters, and The brake pull. Shimano 9-speed road and mountain derailers use the same actuation ratio. You should be OK here. You don't mention which Surly touring frame you have so I ...


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SRAM Cassettes are compatible with Shimano Cassettes, but a cassette and a freewheel are different components. You will not be able to use the SRAM Cassette to replace your Shimano Freewheel. You will need to replace your freewheel with a freewheel. The difference between a cassette and a freewheel is that a cassette is just a bunch of cogs that slides ...


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I have a relatively cheap bike that I bought about 6 or 7 years ago. So it has modern rear triangle spacing (135mm) and is not too heavy (not superlight but it's 6061 alloy). It cost me £240 Sterling (sorry, don't know the exchange rate) and I've spent about the same so far updgrading the components piece by piece to bring it up to basic race level (Shimano ...


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I have ridden several thousand kms on full 9-speed Campagnolo Veloce setup and more than 10k with otherwise same components but 10-speed Chorus crankset. In my experience the mismatched set works far better than full Veloce 9 and does not have the problems described by Graeme. That being said, I'd pick the 10 speed one since difference is smaller. My guess ...



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