Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: The damp northeast
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Khuon, I think the word you wanted was "inclement."
For brakes, you really don't have an option, you must use MTB style cantis, or v-brakes with a travel agent. I'm not sure I agree about the durability of MTB parts compared to their road cousins, however. The real advantages of MTB components are:
1. Wider gear range in the cassette, with the potential for really small gears, like 32t. I'm not sure this is much of an advantage, since in a cross race, you'd probably get up any hill that you'd need a 32t for faster by dismounting and running.
2. Top-pull front derailleur, but your frame must be designed to acommodate a top pull derailleur, and most aren't.