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6 speed shifter, 7 speed cassette?

philcubedphilcubed Posts: 260
edited August 2019 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi, I'm sorting my daughters uni bike ready for the new term. Just a cheap thing.
The back wheel got kicked in last year, so I was going to replace it with a spare wheel I have.
Trouble is, the old wheel/ shifter is 6 speed (freewheel), the spare wheel is 7 speed (freehub). Will I be able to set up to use 6 gears on the 7 speed cassette with the current shifter, or is the cable pull different between 6 and 7 gear?
Otherwise, I'll get a 7 speed shifter.
Cheers

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