Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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What kind of shifters do you have? With bar-end or downtube shifters, anything will work on the front end. With STI, trimming (or lack thereof) will be an issue, so you won't be able to use all cogs with the middle or large chainrings.
– Could you swap your crankset (and maybe bottom bracket) between your old bike and new one?
– FSA makes a 48-38 ramped and pinned pair. If you have STI, it might help. NO idea of the price.
By the way, I have two bikes with 105 front derailleurs and bar-end shifters. One has an XT crankset with 44-34-22 and the other had an FSA road crankset with 48-38-24, and now has a quad with 48-38-28-18. The derailleur has no problem handling those extremes.