It seems like there have been several threads on drop conversions lately, and well... here's another one. I have a 2011 Sirrus and I'm planning the conversion. Ideally I would like to go the STI/brifter route but I know bar end shifters are an option as well.
Is there a current production 3x7 brifter set? Would a 3x8 set work? And I've read here that some people have had to replace the front derailer. Does anybody know if the stock Tourney derailer will be compatible?
How big of a pain is it to change gearing from 3x7 to 2x10? (I'm guessing it would be over my conversion budget of $200-$300.)
Otherwise I know that travel agents will be necessary, or if I have to use bar end shifters, then there are levers designed for linear pull brakes. (I'm really hoping not to have to use bar end shifters though.) I'm also planning on trying a 70mm stem (stock is 120mm) and my lbs will let me swap stems to find the right one.
Anything else I need to think about other than bars, tape and cables?