Going Over to The Dark Side

Earlier this spring I fitted a new 7 speed rear wheel and a Shimano 600 road double to my little buddy Forrest and would have run an 8 speed if the old Suntour Barcon shifters and SRAM derailleur could have managed that… it was a case of incompatibility between the nearly 40 year old shifters and the modern rear derailleur. The SRAM X5 will shift an 8 speed and the Suntours can also shift an 8 speed but not when they are put together.

I started pondering doing a 9 speed conversion and with the arrival of some Shimano 9 speed indexed bar ends I decided to go over to the dark side.

I gathered up a new SRAM PG970 cassette and cleaned up an XT derailleur I had picked up from the gear swap for $5.00 and the conversion went flawlessly.

The SRAM 9 speed has some nicely spaced steps from 11-34 which will give me a lower climbing / towing gear…

The Shimano 9 speed bar ends and XT shift flawlessly and Forrest was overdue for some new bar tape… Fizik Microtek if you are wondering.

I think we can handle the dark side… 🙂