Hip Replacement Survivor
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Bikes: Waterford 2200 w/ full DA 7700
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DA 7700/XTR Road Combination - Need Confirmation
I've read a ton of posts on this, and am so confused I just want to make sure I'm heading down the correct path. I just had a hip replacement, and am looking for some lower gearing on my Waterford 2200 so I can sit in the saddle longer while climbing. The Waterford folks have confirmed that the position of the front derailleur braze-on will prohibit the successful tuning of the DA 7700 front derailleur with a compact crank (which was my first thought), so I'm moving on to other ideas. It looks like my next option is a MTB rear derailleur with a 11-32 or 12-32 (or 34) rear cassette. This way I can use my existing DA brifters, front derailleur and Truvativ Rouleur 39/53 crankset, while gaining some lower gear options. I really don't want to go the triple route because of all the parts that I'd need to replace. I am running 9-speed DA, by the way.
So, if I want to stick with XTR (just to keep it "high end" with the DA stuff), which model # 9-speed rear dearilleur and cassette should I look for? And does the rear dearilleur need to be short, medium or long cage?