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Last Post 09/20/2016 03:36 PM by SideBy Side. 5 Replies.
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09/16/2016 12:09 PM
What's up, guys. It's been a while. A few questions for my old school gear- 1) What type of bearings would be good for a pair of Mavic Heliums? I think I need to replace them after all these years, but I have no idea with what. Which brand and the size would be good? 2) I also need to replace a Shimano Dura Ace 9-speed chain. It doesn't have to be the same brand if an aftermarket one would work well. 3) Still looking for a 9-speed Dura Ace cassette in a 11-19 configuration. If anyone could point me in the right direction, let me know. Aftermarket would be fine. 4) Where to replace battery and gaskets for the 9-speed Dura Ace computer. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Cosmic Kid


09/16/2016 03:05 PM
Oh sure....you just show up when you need something from us.

Best bet for bearings would be through Mavic, I would think. No need to screw around with silly stuff like ceramic bearings, etc. Mavic makes great bearings, so I would just ask your LBS to order some.

Any 9 or 10 speed chain will work. I've had good luck with SRAM chains recently, although I think Shimano chains are still the quietest in the biz.

I don't think there was ever a 9 spd 11-19 cassette...'cuz if there was, I woulda been on it. I think the best you can find is 11-21.

No idea on the computer stuff....see if your LBS can order maybe, but I dunno if Shimano even has computers anymore, let alone have parts to support them.

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Nick A


09/17/2016 07:59 PM
For the heck of it, I did some Googling. According to our late friend, Sheldon Brown, the "tightest" 9 speed Shimano cassette available was 11-21. Then, I was surprised that Nashbar had Ultegra (but not Dura Ace) 9 speed 11x21's in stock. So maybe that?



09/19/2016 10:32 PM
Thanks everyone for the info. I was hoping for an aftermarket cassette so I could purchase an 11-19, but I guess not. Still, the 11-19 will do.

I miss you guys from the old Velonews days.


09/20/2016 03:21 PM
I meant to say "the 11-21 will do".


09/20/2016 03:36 PM
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