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In the midst of my feverish summer bike build, I've come across a couple snafus in regards to a couple components I have for the bike. The first deals with the wheelset and groupset I bought...The wheel has a nearly brand-new SRAM 9spd cassette. However, the groupset I bought is a Shimano 105 10-speed. Is it doable to "fudge" the drivetrain a little, like to set the rear derailleur to only use 9 speeds? I realize I'd lose one gear in the shifter, but is this going to be problematic in the long run?

Secondly, I've got some nice condition old-school cantilever brakes, from the old Shimano Mountain LX line. The brakes came with a standard straddle cable. However, one of the cables snapped, so in my search for a replacement, I found the newer style, with a rigid half (seen here). Is the second style cable going to be compatible with the first style brakes? If so, I noticed on Jensonusa that there's about 6 billion angle/length combinations...How do I figure out which one I need? If the second style cable isn't compatible, it's no big deal...I've got a perfectly intact straddle cable that I can measure and buy replacements with...I've even got the weird carrier nut thingy.

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Alright, sounds good. Might hafta invest in an Apex cassette or something good for climbing then.

Anyway, installing my 105 brifters (yeah, I said it)and reading about the cable routing, the instructions say to run the cables through some downtube cable stops. However, the brifters didn't come with cable stops. Is that something worth contacting Performance (where I bought 'em) about?
 
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