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Shimano 7 speed?

gnvqsosgnvqsos Posts: 40
edited January 2008 in Workshop
I recently bought a s/h wheel with space for 7 sped cassette.As these are now rare can I use an 8 speed and omit one of the cogs?I apologise if this a faq.Thanks

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  • meagainmeagain Posts: 2,774
    Rare? There's 32 Shimano ones alone (road and mtb) on th'bay at moment! And plenty in the shops.
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  • andy_wrxandy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    More to the point is what shifters do you intend to use - are they 7sp or 8sp ?
  • jpembrokejpembroke Posts: 2,569
    plenty of 7 speed cassettes available both from Shimano and SRAM. See CRC or Wiggle or your LBS.
    I'm only concerned with looking concerned
  • gnvqsosgnvqsos Posts: 40
    thanks so far-I do plan to use 7 spd d/t levers.I feel that the 7 spds I have seen have a limited range of gears.No one has answered my original query!Can I buy an 8 spd and omit onre cog?
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    edited January 2008
    gnvqsos wrote:
    thanks so far-I do plan to use 7 spd d/t levers.I feel that the 7 spds I have seen have a limited range of gears.No one has answered my original query!Can I buy an 8 spd and omit onre cog?

    The Hub won't be wide enough for 8spd surely? 7spd is the same spacing as 8 spd isn't it? but 8spd has an extra sprocket and so is wider?
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  • Steve928Steve928 Posts: 314
    gnvqsos wrote:
    No one has answered my original query!

    7 speed freewheels/cassettes are spaced at 5mm, 8 speed are spaced at 4.8mm, so no. But it would probably work anyway, more or less..
  • jpembrokejpembroke Posts: 2,569
    8 speed cassettes have a different spacing to a 7 speed cassette and I doubt it'll fit on the 7 speed freehub either so no, it won't work.

    Why do you want to do this rather than buy a 7 speed cassette?
    I'm only concerned with looking concerned
  • jpembrokejpembroke Posts: 2,569
    Here's a 7 speed cassette for £11.99:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... delID=6387
    I'm only concerned with looking concerned
  • andy_wrxandy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Answering your original question, if you have a 7sp Shimano-compatible freehub which takes a cassette (- it's not a screw-on freewheel ?), no you can't fit an 8sp cassette with one missing - but you can fit 8 of a 9sp cassette and use 7 of them.

    See Sheldon...
    http://sheldonbrown.com/k7.html
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