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I have an older bike that I recently upgraded from the old canti's to XT V-brakes. They work great, but now I need to buy new shifters. The old shifters were comined with the canti brake levers.

The bike is running an 8-speed LX rear derailleur.

I can't seem to find 8-speed shifters for sale anywhere. Can I use the new 9-speed shifers with my 8-speed LX derailleur?

Please advise!
 

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tatemononai said:
I have an older bike that I recently upgraded from the old canti's to XT V-brakes. They work great, but now I need to buy new shifters. The old shifters were comined with the canti brake levers.

The bike is running an 8-speed LX rear derailleur.

I can't seem to find 8-speed shifters for sale anywhere. Can I use the new 9-speed shifers with my 8-speed LX derailleur?

Please advise!
Should work ok. 9sp chain is narrower so it should run thru the deraillerur. Might not be real crisp shifting though. Try it, what do you have to loose?
The 9sp shifters won't work on the 8sp cassette. You'll need a new 9sp cassette.

8 Speed Shifters:
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/SL707A02-Sram+Rocket+Twist+Shifters.aspx
http://aebike.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=30&SKU=LD8884
 

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tatemononai said:
I have an older bike that I recently upgraded from the old canti's to XT V-brakes. They work great, but now I need to buy new shifters. The old shifters were comined with the canti brake levers.

The bike is running an 8-speed LX rear derailleur.

I can't seem to find 8-speed shifters for sale anywhere. Can I use the new 9-speed shifers with my 8-speed LX derailleur?

Please advise!
SRAM still has some 8 speed grip-shifters.
 

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Shimano still makes 8-speed shifters as well. Heck I have a few sets lying around the house and one of those sets I bought at a LBS recently. :)
 
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