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Is it true that you need to buy a 8 speed specific \ compatible  crankset if you run a 8 speed MTB?

I was also told that the Shimano Alivio is the top end of the 8 speed cranks.


I was sceptical about these statements, but don't know enough to argue.


Are either of these statements true?
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No you can run pretty much any chainset on an 8 speed set up, the main difference is the 8 speed rings are very marginally thicker to run with the wider 8 speed chain, I have a set of XTR 8 speed shifters that I want to set up on a bike - I just need a fairly decent cassette...

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