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Last spring I put 10spd 7800 shifters and derailluers on my bike. The old 6500 shifters were wore out and had been on for over 10 years. 7800 stuff could be picked up fairly cheap on ebay since the 7900 stuff had just recently been made available. I find the 10 spd shifting is more succeptible to dirt and debris resulting in poor shifting. Last night I was at the LBS wanting to get a 12-25 cassette for a ride tomorrow that promises to be really hilly, $110! 9spd stuff is half that price. Now I'm cruising ebay for a pair of 7700 shifters. Grrr!
 

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The cassettes aren't bad in price. I picked up some 6500 for less than $25 and my best buys were $18. The SRAM 950 and 970 are nicely priced too. I thought the 6500 was bit quieter than SRAM, it wasn't obnoxious IMO.
 

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DLMKA said:
Last spring I put 10spd 7800 shifters and derailluers on my bike. The old 6500 shifters were wore out and had been on for over 10 years. 7800 stuff could be picked up fairly cheap on ebay since the 7900 stuff had just recently been made available. I find the 10 spd shifting is more succeptible to dirt and debris resulting in poor shifting. Last night I was at the LBS wanting to get a 12-25 cassette for a ride tomorrow that promises to be really hilly, $110! 9spd stuff is half that price. Now I'm cruising ebay for a pair of 7700 shifters. Grrr!
Might be better to just plan ahead and buy your 10 speed Ultegra casssettes from England for $50 plus a few pounds for Royal Post delivery (takes less than a week).
 

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I agree....the 10 speed stuff is more finicky. I've got 10 speed on one bike, and 9 speed on three others. I'm in no hurry to "upgrade" the others. 9 speed cassettes and chains are not only cheaper, but last longer.
 

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I agree....the 10 speed stuff is more finicky. I've got 10 speed on one bike, and 9 speed on three others. I'm in no hurry to "upgrade" the others. 9 speed cassettes and chains are not only cheaper, but last longer.
With 9-spd I could change my chain when I changed a rear tire. 10 spd, not so much.


I suppose I could buy from PBK but I kind of like maintence purchases to go to the LBS.
 

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Heck, why not go for 8 speed in that case? I can't see why 9sp would offer significantly more life before needing maintenance over 10sp. I've had no issues with my 7800 shifters & 6600 components for shifting. Chain life between 9sp and 10sp differences would be negligible.
 

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"I find the 10 spd shifting is more succeptible to dirt and debris resulting in poor shifting."

Haven't had to adjust my stuff since last year.

I can find 6600 cassettes for around $70

On my 9 speed bike, 12-23's and 13-25's are OK, but I hate 12-25's, because of the missing 16.
 

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After the exchange conversion and applicable C-card fees, the 6700 cassettes from that UK shop were $54 each. Otherwise, that auction site are like Grumpy stated.
 

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If you're only looking for an occasional use cassette, why not just buy the 5700 (or even the 5600) and save some $? I've never noticed a performance difference between the 10 speed 105 cassette and 6's I've got.
 

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Nuthin' wrong with 9-spd, really. Cheap components, and parts & components should be available for a long time to come (for instance, you can still get 7-spd stuff now, 20+ yrs after the fact). Lots of ppl report that the chains last longer too.
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DLMKA said:
Last spring I put 10spd 7800 shifters and derailluers on my bike. The old 6500 shifters were wore out and had been on for over 10 years. 7800 stuff could be picked up fairly cheap on ebay since the 7900 stuff had just recently been made available. I find the 10 spd shifting is more succeptible to dirt and debris resulting in poor shifting. Last night I was at the LBS wanting to get a 12-25 cassette for a ride tomorrow that promises to be really hilly, $110! 9spd stuff is half that price. Now I'm cruising ebay for a pair of 7700 shifters. Grrr!
NOS or lightly used 7700 shifters will cost you just as much as 7800 shifters. The cheapest and best solution is to keep your 7800 shifters, pay $40 for a Jtek Shiftmate #2, and pop on any Shimano or SRAM 9-speed cassette. I've been riding this combo for a year with ZERO problems. It shifts dead-on accurately.
 

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Jesse D Smith said:
NOS or lightly used 7700 shifters will cost you just as much as 7800 shifters. The cheapest and best solution is to keep your 7800 shifters, pay $40 for a

That's why I initially got the 7800 stuff. With new cables, housing, and chain it's great. Maybe I'll just have to clean my bike more than once a year.
 

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Jesse D Smith said:
NOS or lightly used 7700 shifters will cost you just as much as 7800 shifters. The cheapest and best solution is to keep your 7800 shifters, pay $40 for a Jtek Shiftmate #2, and pop on any Shimano or SRAM 9-speed cassette. I've been riding this combo for a year with ZERO problems. It shifts dead-on accurately.
You can use Shimano's B cable mount point on the derailleur as well and forgo spending the $40... http://www.sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html#alternate
 
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