Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northwestern NJ
Here's Sheldon Brown's write-up on chainline: http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ch.html#chainline
The unknown variable is the offset of the cranks once they've been mounted on your BB. Trial and error is your best bet. I'm using a Sugino XD on a 110mm spindle with an 8 speed cassette on the rear, and the crank is still too far outboard for me, since I use the outer two rings more often. I could probably move in 1 or 2 millimeters, but I can't afford Phil.
As for FD's, I'm using a Suntour Cyclone MKII on the stock 46/36/26 setup, and it works admirably well. However, I've had to mount it higher than normal to avoid interference with the RD cable, a problem you'll find if you have above the chainstay cable routing (because the FD will be mounted lower). Someone suggested I try this Suntour XC Expert Microdrive FD
available on ebay. I bought one, but haven't yet mounted it. (Oh, and mine came with the clamp bolt, despite the item description).
Last edited by JunkYardBike; 11-19-07 at 08:41 PM.