Are chainrings 8/9spd specific? I should have specified crankset/chainset as I think the term used is different in the US/UK?Shayne said:For all intents and purposes there is no difference between 8 and 9 spd cranks. Any crank currently available (or made in the last 25 yrs for that matter) will work with your 8 spd drivetrain.
konaChu said:Cool, thanks for the reply. Looking into the Shimano Hone crankset at the moment.
Just ordered the Hone 44/32/22 175mm crankset - do you use an 8sp chain with your XT crankset btw? I have a new PC68 chain I'd like to use, but can swap it out for a 9sp one if needed.Homebrew said:I have the new M760 XT on my otherwise 8 speed drivetrain and it's working great. The Hone should work equally as well. The only thing I would say is to make sure to check chainline. Shimano instructions have you setup for 50mm chainline. I put the bb spacer on the nondrive side for 47.5mm chainline. That lined it up same as my previous setup so I didn't have to adjust my front derailleur limit stops.
Yes, I'm using 8 speed chains. But if you do go with a 9 speed chain, stick with SRAM. They are a bit wider than the Shimano 9 speed chains.konaChu said:Just ordered the Hone 44/32/22 175mm crankset - do you use an 8sp chain with your XT crankset btw? I have a new PC68 chain I'd like to use, but can swap it out for a 9sp one if needed.