I currently have a road bike with the following setup for the gears:

9-speed Tiagra front and rear derailleurs, Sora shifters, all from 2009: 30/39/52 Crankset 11-25 Cassette.

I need some more low gears for hilly areas, and I am thinking of switching to a 9-speed Deore XT derailleur and 11-32 cassette. Is it possible / compatible? Do you think that cross-chaining would be an issue? Will I need a new chain?

  • See related question: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/11101/…
    – Benzo
    Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 18:34
  • Also: bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/10056/…
    – Benzo
    Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 18:35
  • Yes, always put on a new chain when you change the cassette.
    – DanS
    Commented Sep 28, 2012 at 8:31
  • I just installed the setup that I mentioned in my question: Deore XT long cage, 11-32 cassette and new chain. It works well. There is slight cross-chaining in the large-cog/large-chainring and small cog/small chainring, but I was expecting it. I'll never use that combination anyway.
    – Javier
    Commented Sep 30, 2012 at 1:09

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Yes, that will work just fine. I have a similar setup on my touring bike, Tiagra shifters and an LX derailleur.

  • Yep, so long as it's all 9-speed it should be fine. 10 speed mountain stuff uses different pull ratios and may have issues with road shifters.
    – Benzo
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 0:24

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