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Front mech, roadie gears, shifters...

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by ghostrider, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider 7034 miles, still no custom title

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    So, now I'm working on a commuting bike. It's an old school mountain frame. I want to run a rear mountain bike cassette and mech, but I want to a road triple crankset up front. The question of the day is, will a mountain mech shift roadie rings? If not, will mountain shifters work with a road mech? Can anybody shed any light on this? Thanks!
     

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  2. Echo

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    The "compatibility" of a front derailleur is how big of a difference you can have between the biggest and smallest chainring. Generally the higher you go up in price, the bigger range it can handle. Shimano's website used to have the specs, dunno if they do anymore.
     
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    it should all work provided you use a road triple front der. and all shimano parts, interesting side note thats the first time in like two years i've actualy recomended a shimano product
     
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    Make sure the cranks fit since road cranks are offset to the inside. I couldn't get road cranks to work on my crossbike because the rings would hit the chainstays, and I imagine it would be worse with a mountain bike.
     
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  5. ghostrider

    ghostrider 7034 miles, still no custom title

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    Well, thanks for the advice. Looks like I'll have to be a bit more careful about what I buy than I'd like. Anyway, another question...this old school frame runs the cables under the BB shell. It looks like there should be some sort of cable guide down there. Is this something that can be purchased? If so, where? Is there a better solution?
     
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    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    Any shop should be able to get you one if they don't have one laying around.



    http://shop.hammerheadbikes.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=37&SKU=FS1092
     
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