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    5600 Shifters with 5500 Derailleurs

    Will 5600 10-speed shifters work with 5500 9-speed derailleurs (front and rear)? I have done some searching and think the answer is "yes" but would like to confirm before buying.

    I know I will have to use a 10-speed cassette and chain.

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    It will work fine.

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    I've been told here, by a few people, that 10 spd shifters and 9 spd rear der. won't work.
    If I could get 9 spd rear der. and cassette to work with 10 spd shifters I'd be happy as a lark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T K View Post
    I've been told here, by a few people, that 10 spd shifters and 9 spd rear der. won't work.
    If I could get 9 spd rear der. and cassette to work with 10 spd shifters I'd be happy as a lark.
    Search for shimano alternate routing. It works, I'm using it right now

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    5600, 6600, and 7800 shifters all have the external shift cables and work just fine with older nine speed derailleurs and brakes.

    Not a fan of the alternative routing to convert 10 back to 9 because it only sort of works but not very well, but he did state that he would be using a 10 speed cassette and chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LC View Post
    Not a fan of the alternative routing to convert 10 back to 9 because it only sort of works but not very well, but he did state that he would be using a 10 speed cassette and chain.
    Yes, I plan to run it as 10-speed.

    Thanks for the replies.

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    Shimano road derailleurs dont care what Shimano road shifter operates them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Shimano road derailleurs dont care what Shimano road shifter operates them.
    So, I can use a 9 spd rear der. with 10 spd cassette and shifters?
    I can or cannot use 9 spd rear der. and 9spd cassette with 10 spd shifters?
    I'm building up and older steel bike and really wanted to use a 9 spd D/A rear der. and cassette I already have and am down to needing only shifters.
    Thanks I really need clarification before I buy some shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LC View Post
    5600, 6600, and 7800 shifters all have the external shift cables and work just fine with older nine speed derailleurs and brakes.

    Not a fan of the alternative routing to convert 10 back to 9 because it only sort of works but not very well, but he did state that he would be using a 10 speed cassette and chain.
    Quote Originally Posted by T K View Post
    I've been told here, by a few people, that 10 spd shifters and 9 spd rear der. won't work.
    If I could get 9 spd rear der. and cassette to work with 10 spd shifters I'd be happy as a lark.
    It sounded like to me he was planning on using a 9 speed cassette and 9 speed derailleur
    Quote Originally Posted by Hughsdad View Post
    Yes, I plan to run it as 10-speed.

    Thanks for the replies.


    Quote Originally Posted by T K View Post
    So,
    1. I can use a 9 spd rear der. with 10 spd cassette and shifters?
    2. I can or cannot use 9 spd rear der. and 9spd cassette with 10 spd shifters?
    I'm building up and older steel bike and really wanted to use a 9 spd D/A rear der. and cassette I already have and am down to needing only shifters.
    Thanks I really need clarification before I buy some shifters.
    1. You can use a 9 speed DA RD with a 10 speed cassette and 10 speed shifters(and 10 speed chain) without any special setup. Tune the RD as normal
    2. You can use a 9 speed DA RD with a 9 speed cassette and 10 speed shifters if you use the alternate RD routing method to attach the cable. It takes a lot of tuning to get it to work right, and it isn't perfect, but is quite adequate. You will only have 9 speeds though, the extra shift on the 10 speed shifter will not be used. If you haven't purchased the shifters yet, get 9 speed shifters and save yourself the trouble if you want to use the 9 speed cassette you already have.

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