Low end gearing?
Let's say, for argument sake, I wanted to build a lightweight CX machine for riding more technical trails, like that seen for more XC type riding with hardtail MTB's, yet prefer the weight and feel of a road bike. As a result, I have contemplated building a CX bike with flat bars.
This is all just an idea, as I've heard of it being done, though not very common. It would be a fun project though.
What I am wondering, is if I can build up a higher end CX ride, like a Salsa La Cruce frame, with disc wheels, and a Flat Bar setup.
Now, with a Flat bar, I would also want to go with a double CT road crank, not a triple MTB crank. I would also want some promising lower end gearing similar to an MTB. ie, approaching the granny gear level for climbing steeper inclines.
So I have a few questions.
1. What gearing on the crank would be good, and how low can I go with a double 110BCD CT crank?
2. With a double CT crank, which FB shifters should one use? Can the regular Shimano Triple dual control shifters work on a Double CT?
3. Would I thus need a road or MTB front der?
4. Same with the rear. Can the regular 9s or 10s MTB FB Dual control shifters work with a rear road der? Or, do I need a mountain der?
I'm just wondering how well the Shimano components work while crossing over the differant Road/MTB groups.
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I'm running a 38/27 for riding in the woods and it's fine for everything but really technical stuff. I'm thinking a getting a compact crankset so I can run a 34 or 36 in the woods.
Originally Posted by Patriot
If you choose to run 9 speed, you can run a MTB cassette instead of being limited to a 27 with Shimano 10 speed. My brother is running 9 speed Ultegra shifters, a XT r/d and a 12/32 on his cross bike...