clutch mech with 9 speed – does it really work?
Every post sounds like it’s possible but you need the right combo (SRAM/Shimano highbred?) if you start chasing that you could be better off with a new drivetrain if you shop around.Posted 4 years ago
Still lost the chain with a SRAM type 2 over the weekend though, they are not magic just a bit better.scruffMember
Sram 9spd shifter, Shimano 10spd clutch+ mech with a 5.5-6mm spacer under the cable. Its on my DH bike and works very well. Not as crisp shifting as all new matching kit but pretty good considering its a fudge. Getting bang on would involve getting the spacer perfect thickness.Posted 4 years ago
I want to run a clutch mech on my 9 speed set up as there’s plenty left in the drive train and I can’t fit a chain device easily.
I’ve done a google search on it and lots of conflicting answers come up. Also tried searching on here and just get classifieds.
I have 9 speed sram shifters and Ideally would like to use a sram x9 mech so it’s compatible if I do move up to full 10 speed set up.
Some reports suggest that a 10 spd shimano mech works with a spacer block on the cable clamp.
Anyone got a definite answer on this?
taPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’ve got 3 bikes set up with X9 9-speed shifters and assorted Shimano 10-speed rear mechs, with the addition of a wee 6mm spacer I machined up . Works a charm- very positive/chunky shifts which you might or might not like, feels almost exactly like 10-speed Saint in fact. But works perfectly.
This is the only variant I know to work. Some folks on teh internets claim it works fine without the spacer, but I tried that, it doesn’t- I guess if you’re used to terrible shifting, skipping gears it might seem alright.
Some folks also say 10-speed SRAM on 9-speed SRAM works fine. I doubt that very much, never seen it actually done, it’s always “I heard” or “a mate”.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
If you make the spacer a 12mm x12mm square, it’ll sit perfectly on the mech and doesn’t twist. Yep, groove is needed to get it to work cleanly. Basically all about replicating the original setup.
Mind you, all you actually need is a wee stack of washers but it depends what you’re happy with. I wanted OEM function basically.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the help guys, got an SLX med cage clutch mech and with a 5.7mm spacer it’s working very nicely with my x7 shifters 🙂 Chain retention and noise is a lot better than with the X9 standard mech.
You can feel the lever on the shifter is noticably ‘heavier’ with the clutch engaged but very accurate changes and no chain slap
I butchered a shimano 160mm rear brake mount for the spacer as the mech clamp bolt fits perfectly through the bolt hole in the mech adaptor without engaging the threads. only a little filing needed to get it the correct thickness and dimensions.Posted 4 years ago
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