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    Compatibility Question

    I have a Lemond Versailles with 9 speed components, looking to change out the 53/39 crankset to a compact crank. Would a new Shimano 11 speed crank work on a 9 speed group set ?

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    I have done that exact mod several years ago and it worked just fine. My only issue was the front derailleur. Be sure you can move it down a good amount so a clamp-on mount is needed. Good Luck!

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    It is a band on front derailleur so that is not an issue , did you continue using a 9 speed chain or switch to an 11 speed ?

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    I used a 9 speed chain. The difference in the chainring spacing between 9 & 11 is miniscule (sp).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lhartle1 View Post
    It is a band on front derailleur so that is not an issue , did you continue using a 9 speed chain or switch to an 11 speed ?
    For what it's worth I found 11 speed chains work quite a bit better than 10 with 10 speed parts (talking about rear shifting here). Not sure if the same would be true 11 chains with 9 but you might want to give it a try just for kicks.

    The downside is 11 chains don't last as long.

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    Thanks for the answers guys. Changed my mind and decided to give new life to the Lemond , just ordered new Ultegra groupset .
    50/34 crank and medium cage rear derailleur , the old legs will appreciate it.

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    Sounds like a much better plan...I also just upgraded last Sep to Etap 11 with 50/34. Night and day improvement. My old legs are doing much better now. Cheers!

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