Should I upgrade from 9 to 10 speed

KentS Posts: 240
edited August 2009 in Commuting chat
I'm thinking about upgrading my race bike. That will mean a set of 9 speed ergopowers can be donated to my commuter. Presently I run the commuter bike on 9 speed with friction shifters. Since the ergopower is pre-2001 and all my commuter parts newer I will have to rebuild the ergopower (cable pull for 9 speed changed for Campagnolo 2001). The question is should i go for 10 speed while I'm at it? My gut feeling is that 9 speed chains etc. should be better of in rain and snow. What's your exerience? is 10 speed to fragile for winter commuting or is there really no difference to 9 speed :?:


  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    I'd imagine there's no real difference. I run 10spd Ultegra on the winter bike and it's completely fine. Just keep things clean, dry and lubed. You sound like the sort of fella who looks after his components anyway!
  • Aguila
    Aguila Posts: 622
    10 speed SRAM chain on my audax thats used as year round commute bike. No problems.
  • pangolin
    pangolin Posts: 6,520
    Mine is 10 speed Ultegra too, used it for a year almost now, all through winter, with no problems at all.
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  • always_tyred
    always_tyred Posts: 4,965
    I imagine that the chain and cassette would wear out about 11.1% faster.
  • Homer J
    Homer J Posts: 920
    Yes only for parts availability