Shimano 10spd/9spd chain crank cassette compatibility

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  1. jrstevens

    jrstevens New Member

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    Will a 9 spd Shimano Ultegra chain be fine with a new 10 spd Ultegra crank and 9 spd Ultegra cassette. I know there's some difference in chain thickness. TIA

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  2. John M

    John M New Member

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    It will work. Outer chain width is different, inside is the same.
     
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    jrstevens New Member

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    Will that cause FD rub? I'm asking for a friend who wants to run this setup.

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    gclark8 New Member

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    NO! A 10 speed crankset needs a 10 speed chain, the lifting pins on the crankset are not compatible with the 9 speed chain. The cassette, 9 or 10, will be ok with a 10 speed chain.

    If you call Shimano on their freecall number, they will confirm this.

    FD will need to be a 10 speed, at a size to suit the crankset, compact 50t, regular 53t.
     
  5. John M

    John M New Member

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    George,

    Regardless of what Shimano support says, it does work.

    It may not be as snappy as a 10s chain on a 10s chainring, but it shifts acceptably. I am have a bike with an old crankset with 8s unpinned Ultegra 53T chainrings and an old 105 FD that shifts a narrow chain. I agree that the performance is a bit less than what Shimano engineers and sales reps would want for their Dura-ace 10s integrated BB crankset that they sell for $400+ USD, but it works acceptably. I am obviously not shifting up to a 53T chainring uphill, under heavy load at a 40 cadence, so under the usual conditions in which I shift to the large ring, it works fine.

    My impression is that Campy and Shimano are both quite conservative in their compatibility recommendations, and maybe for two reasons: (1) fewer consumer complaints if everyone does what they are told and matches up just like Daddy Shimano says to, and (2) sell more product. Following your post, the OP would think that he has to get a new chain and FD to accomodate the crankset, when he really needs neither.

    Alot of riders have upgraded to the new integrated BB cranksets (all marketed as 10s) and use them with 9s chains without problems.
     
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