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The front is effectively independent of the back - a triple which is "9 speed" should work fine if you replace it with a triple "8 speed" and vice versa (the speeds for the rear when marketing front cranksets are marketing). Similar with derailleurs in the front vs whats going on in the back. You will probably need a new chain, and you need to see if the ...


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Strictly speaking, one crankset will have been manufactured for an 8-speed chain, the other will have been manufactured for a 9-speed chain. That is basically the difference between the two. The external widths of an 8-speed chain and a 9-speed chain differ by something like a few tenths of a millimetre. It is arguable whether this amount makes any ...


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Yes, there are no complications with running a 9 speed crankset on an 8 speed drivetrain. You can see image below that some 9 speed cranks are even listed as being 9/8 speed cranks. You shouldn't encounter any problems, but you will have you readjust your front dérailleur to make room for the larger ring, and double check your chain length on big rings after ...


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The main reason to avoid a triple is ego. If you have any, you don't want one. If you are less egocentric, and ride in a place where low gears matter, then by all means consider it. The weight doesn't mean much (without the ego related stuff), and there are darned few people strong enough to ride up serious hills who don't also have egos to match that ...


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First, if you're a Clydesdale then you should probably have a triple. But overall, the advantages of a triple are: A triple can spin up an elevator shaft. Gear changes are more natural and accurate. Your legs will spin out before the top gear does. In practice, a triple has a better chainline. A triple is kinder to your knees. The advantages of a double ...



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