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    Needing Help with Component Compatibility for Light Touring

    I am in the process of converting my road bike into a light touring/hilly century bike. And I think I know what components I want I just wanted to double check on compatibility. Here is a list of the components that I plan on using:

    Brifters: Shimano Ultegra 10 Speed Triple (6603)
    Cranks: Sugino XD600 Triple 48/36/26
    Front Derailleur: IRD Alpina
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano LX M580 Long Cage
    Cassette: IRD Elite 10 Speed 12-32
    Chain: Shimano Ultegra 10 Speed

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Sounds good. Everything should work together properly.

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    I agree with Hillrider. The only thing that's questionable in my mind are the cranks, the spacing between the chainrings might be too wide for the extremely narrow 10 speed chain. But I have no experience with 10 speed stuff, so it may be a non-issue. I can tell you for sure it would all work perfectly in a nine speed configuration. If you went nine speed it would also be quite a bit cheaper-

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    Quote Originally Posted by well biked View Post
    I agree with Hillrider. The only thing that's questionable in my mind are the cranks, the spacing between the chainrings might be too wide for the extremely narrow 10 speed chain. But I have no experience with 10 speed stuff, so it may be a non-issue. I can tell you for sure it would all work perfectly in a nine speed configuration. If you went nine speed it would also be quite a bit cheaper-
    Thanks for the Reply. The only component that I currently have is the Shimano Ultegra 10 speed brifters. If I choose to go to a 9 speed system will the brifters work ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoedan View Post
    Thanks for the Reply. The only component that I currently have is the Shimano Ultegra 10 speed brifters. If I choose to go to a 9 speed system will the brifters work ok.
    You could try this to make the 10 speed shifters work with the nine speed cassette:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#alternate

    But honestly, since this is a new build, if you go nine speed I'd get nine speed shifters to match the cassette. Or stick with ten speed since you've already got the shifters. As I said, the 10 speed chain might not even be a problem, maybe someone who's done something similar can say whether it will work okay with the cranks.

    But wow, for the gearing you're after, it can be had for so much cheaper with nine speed parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by well biked View Post
    You could try this to make the 10 speed shifters work with the nine speed cassette:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#alternate

    But honestly, since this is a new build, if you go nine speed I'd get nine speed shifters to match the cassette. Or stick with ten speed since you've already got the shifters. As I said, the 10 speed chain might not even be a problem, maybe someone who's done something similar can say whether it will work okay with the cranks.

    But wow, for the gearing you're after, it can be had for so much cheaper with nine speed parts.
    I have tried the alternate cable routing. It worked but was very finicky, it'd probably be more so with a wide range cassette but you never really know till you try. The only sure bet is to use matching shifters and cassette.

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    My road bike which I've taken on a handful of hilly centuries has a 10spd triple. The stock crank is 52/42/30 (if memory is correct). I don't anticipate your proposed setup would have problems.

    26 tooth is a pretty low granny gear. What's your biggest rear cog going to be?

    My daily commuter has a 28 tooth triple, is a heavier bike with racks/bags/fenders - unless I'm not feeling 100% or climbing double digit grades, my triple ring doesn't see much action.

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    I don't think the Sugino crank he is proposing is a 10 speed crank. Thus the concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    I don't think the Sugino crank he is proposing is a 10 speed crank. Thus the concerns.
    Good point, but as I understand Shimano, "10 speed" is an umbrella marketing term to indicate a generation of a product line. For example, external bearing BB (GXP or whatever) is part of a modern 10spd Shimano group. Same can be said for hubs. I've got a Dura-ace FB-7402 (8 speed hub) which I put a 10 spd cassette and use with my 10 speed 105 group.

    Sometimes speeds matter, sometimes it's as trivial as color.

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    10 speed chain is very narrow. The Sugino 600 crank is, I believe, 8 speed (correct me if I'm wrong), which works fine for 9 speed but may be a stretch for 10. The chain can (and does, I've experienced it) get jammed between the rings.

    Sometimes there is a difference.

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