Please bear with me. I know next to nothing re: cycling mechanics, but am trying to educate myself for many months now. I want to purchaseall the required componantry to convert my 2002 Fisher Tssajara MTB to use a 52 teeth chainring.
I'd like to compile the parts starting with the R440 front derailer for "road" chainwheels and keep my straight (mtb) handlebars.I have below the bar brake/shifters: alloy linear pull brakes/Deore shifters), I'm basically cobbling together information on how to fit a "road" crankset on the Fisher for use in road races, so anything you have to offer is appreciated.
1) Keeping my Octalink BB, could I then use a Ultegra FC-6503 Triple or105 Triple with the R440 Front Derailer and the Deore SGS Rear derailer and SRAM 11-34 cassette?
2) Would I need a different rear derailer altogether?
3) Could I make the changes above and upgrade to an XT rear derailer, XT shifters?
4) On a different note, very dumb note, the diameter of the cantilever boss (?), on my rigid Kona fork is slightly larger than the hole in the brake arm on the brakes that came with the Fisher, but only on the left side, thus, the left side arm doesn't move. I'd also like to buy new Avid brakes. How can I be sure the new brakes will fit properly on the Kona fork? And yes, I should have probably returned the fork when I discovered this, but I didn't. To make the old brakes work, would it be better to bore a larger hole in the brake arm, or somehow reduce the diameter of the boss on the fork leg?
Thanks for anything you can offer.