2012-09-16 micro, bicycle I've long been an 8-speed man on my bikes. More gears seem unnecessary, but the market has other ideas. I wanted to upgrade my brifters. There were practically no options, so last week I made the jump to 9-speed. Now I’m running an 11-32 9-speed cassette and a 30/42/52 triple chainring. This article was modified 2013-04-03.