I'm researching a new build and am torn as to which direction I should go with the drivetrain. My plan is to build a city hybrid/cruiser type of bike. I want something that looks old but rides modern. I've decided to go Titanium (with some very horizontal top tubes) and have decided on Lynskey for the frame. I'm either going to do the Viale or the Cooper CX. Both have 135mm rear dropouts. The viale can take a max tire of 30mm and the CX will take up to a 42.
At first blush, the Viale looks like it will fit my bill because I don't ever plan on taking this bike off paved roads/trails. But I like the CX because I can run a larger tire if I decide to in the future.
Anyway, I'm more used to the MTB world with the components. And I like MTB gearing better. I went through the Sheldon brown gear ratio calculator and plugged in my choices and out the results came.
The MTB setup would be this: 48/36/26 chainrings and 11-34 cassette. The road setup would be compact 50/34 and 11-34 (I'd use the long/medium cage ultegra RD). The only thing that I really lose with this setup is the really low granny gear (I might miss on one of those nasty climbs that I do at least once a week). So this is why I'm leaning towards MTB components.
The other thing is that I'll not be running drops. I plan on running a bar like the FSA Metropolis or s-bend type bar from Carver or TiCycles.
I guess my decision comes down to two things:
1. I assume that the MTB crank would work on either bike that I chose. Does anyone know what I would need to look out for in order to make sure it would work? I could just call Lynskey and ask them, but that would be too easy.
2. The second is really a looks thing. The road cranks are nicer looking (IMO). I am building a "pretty" bike and so looks are important for me on this build. But I don't want to sacrifice pretty for function. I plan on riding this bike until they put me in the ground.
What do you all think? I'm soliciting opinions. Call me stupid if I'm over thinking this