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Upgrading from 9 speed to 11 speed on Giant Defy 3

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Asked by: Jason Fuhrer

Can you upgrade a 9 speed bike to 11 speed?

Converting a 9-speed wheel to 11-speed



You will have to buy a new 11-speed wheel and replace the entire wheel. On the other hand, if your current wheel is an 11-speed wheel, you can convert it to 11-speed by removing the low spacer from the low side of the 9-speed sprocket and installing an 11-speed sprocket.

Can I put a 11 speed cassette on a 9 speed hub?

The 11 spd cassette will fit fine on the freehub. The problem may be the 9 spd RD won’t handle the 46t cog. Derailleurs have a spec capacity and max cog size. Capacity is the difference between the smallest and largest cog plus the difference between the smallest and largest chainring.

Can I upgrade my bike to 11 speed?

To upgrade a bicycle to an 11-speed components group requires your existing rear wheel to accept the 11-speed cassette. If it won’t, you’ll need to build a new wheel on an 11-speed hub or buy a new 11-speed rear wheel.

Can you change a 9 speed to 10 speed?

You can put a new 10 or 11 speed cassette on any of the older 9 speed hubs. So, regardless of brand, feel free to buy your wheels a nicely upgraded new steed.

Which is better 9 speed or 11 speed?

11-speed cassettes are absolutely not faster than 9-speed cassettes. The factor that determines the speed of your bike is you; the rider. Putting an 11-speed cassette on your bike will not magically produce more speed. It will, however, allow you to find the correct gear more easily.

How do I change to 1×11?


Quote from video: The crank set with that chain ring and the left hand shifter.

Do I need a new hub for 11 speed?

Shimano/SRAM 11 speed cassettes are wider than 8/9/10 speed ones. So yes, you need a new, wider freehub body, unless your old one was not very old and used a spacer to fit a 10-speed cassette.

Is a spacer needed for 11 speed cassette?

The answer is yes, you do need a spacer with an 11-speed cassette, but only if you run your 11 speed Shimano or SRAM drivetrain on a 10 or 9-speed freehub.

Can I put a bigger cassette on my bike?

Yes, almost any bike is compatible with bigger cassettes, bike drivetrain is groupset of components that works in perfect harmony, any miss reconfiguring can break the perfect functionality of the system, parts that need to be changed and reconfigured when putting bigger cassette which is long-chain, wide cage

Do you need a new derailleur for a bigger cassette?

You’ll have bigger jumps between the gears, but you’ll have a bigger range of gears. With a wider range cassette, you may need a new rear derailleur with a longer cage.

Can I change cassette ratio?

Cassette Ratio



The only part to change when increasing the ratio is the rear-derailleur. You can adjust the derailleur to shift to the big cog of the cassette by using a derailleur extender like this, it will allow the derailleur to ability to access and shift the big cogs.

Are 10 and 11 speed cassettes the same width?

11 speeds. Sprocket width is the same as for 10 speeds, so 10 speed sprockets can be used, provided that 11 speed spacers are used. Sprockets are 1.6 mm thick, spaced at 3.74 mm (road), or 3.9 mm (MTB).

What is a 9 speed bike good for?

The 9-speed cassette has smaller steps between gears, which is primarily useful for racing. The range of gears you need will depend on the terrain and on how you like to pedal. If it’s flat where you live, or you’re athletic, one gear might be enough.

How many teeth does an 11 speed have?

The rear cassette is 11 speed 11-32. This means there are 11 cogs ranging from 11 teeth up to 32 teeth (the exact cogs are 11/12/13/14/16/18/20/22/25/28/32).

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How do I convert 8 speed to 11 speed?

Quote from video: So if you wanted to convert your 8 speed to 11 speed. Then what you need to do is remove your cassette. Start with do is take off the 8 speed.

How do I upgrade my bike drivetrain?

Quote from video: And it doesn't get any simpler than simply removing the front derailleur cable. And adjusting the front derailleur for it to be a chain guide for the chain ring that you want to be here.

What does a 9 speed bike mean?

When magazines and websites talk about a bike’s ‘speed’, it’s a reference to the number of sprockets. A bike with three chainrings and nine sprockets is 9-speed, even though it has 27 theoretical ratios. The higher the sprocket count, the more expensive, smoother shifting, and lighter weight the gears.

Can I put an 11 speed freehub on a 10 speed wheel?

Quote from video: And it will be compatible.

Do I need a new hub for 11 speed?

Shimano/SRAM 11 speed cassettes are wider than 8/9/10 speed ones. So yes, you need a new, wider freehub body, unless your old one was not very old and used a spacer to fit a 10-speed cassette.

Does 11 speed cassette need a spacer?

The answer is yes, you do need a spacer with an 11-speed cassette, but only if you run your 11 speed Shimano or SRAM drivetrain on a 10 or 9-speed freehub.