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Old 12-25-07, 06:36 PM   #1
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The new frame came, but the fork did not

I had my bonus announced and after some deliberation I have purchased an Origin 8 FoxTrot frame from one of the ebay stores. The ad (or whatever you call that thing) said that for about 500 bucks I'd get a frame, a carbon fork and a headset. The frame has arrived, looks perfect, however, the fork and the headset are missing in action. Could it be that they were sent in separate packages and I should just wait for another few days? Alternatively, should I call the store asking about it?

In addition, a few questions to the wise men of the CX subforum:

A) The seat tube is 31.6mm and none of my seatposts would fit. Any suggestions of good sources for braze-ons for DF in that size? Anyone knows good sturdy seatposts in that size?

B) What crankset do you use? I have an extra full-size (53x39) collecting dust on my time-trial bike, but would rather get something smaller, like a compact or even less (e.g 42x27 or something of that sort). Is it a good idea to get a mountain bike crankset and BB for a cross bike?

C) I am considering using a mountain bike rear deraleur - they tend to be cheaper, more mud-resistant and have longer cage. Are pull ratios on all Shimano 9-speed deraleurs the same and I will be able to use road 9-speed brifters? Alternatively, would my road ultegra DR have any issues on a cross bike?
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Old 12-25-07, 06:53 PM   #2
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Sending the fork separately makes no sense.. I would send an email regarding this and see what they say. If it was sent separately, ask for a tracking number..
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Sending the fork separately makes no sense.. I would send an email regarding this and see what they say. If it was sent separately, ask for a tracking number..
Thats exactly what I thought, sent an email yesterday already! To be honest, I think I am being shafted and don't really know what to do about it. If push comes to shove, I will probably file a complaint with ebay and see where it goes.

PS. I see that very same frame being sold by other ebay stores, fork/headset included.
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Old 12-26-07, 09:31 AM   #4
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I hope it's just a mix up and that you don't end up getting screwed by the seller or eBay's excellent costumer protection . . . good luck.
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Well, it was paid via paypal, so I can always pull the payment and let the paypall deal with it.
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Well, it was paid via paypal, so I can always pull the payment and let the paypall deal with it.
Spoken by someone who has never gone through the process. You really should work with the vendor first and try and get resolution.

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Well, called the vendor today - they said "oops" and promised to send the fork/headset out today. In any case, could any answer the rest of the questions? Scratch the crankset one, but I am most interested in possibility of using a mountain bike RD with road shifter/levers.
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As I recall, Shimano road and mtb groups are compatible with rear shift indexing, but not the front - you have to match the front derailleur (road or mountain) with the same style shifter. It may have something to do with mountain FD being top-pull and road FD being bottom pull. But you should get confirmation of this - I'd post something in the mechanics section.

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I am most interested in possibility of using a mountain bike RD with road shifter/levers.
As long as you keep the brand / speeds consistent, you are usually good to go. I have used XT rear derailleurs with Ultegra 9 STI shifters no problem. I have also set up flat bar commuters with XT trigger shifters and an Ultegra rear derailleur. Hell, I ran a dura ace long cage RD on my mountain bike for 2 years. Buddy of mine has a Record RD on his otherwise full Dura Ace road bike and it shifts great.

Obviously mixing 9/10 spd will give you issues. If you play with SRAM just make sure it is the "shimano" throw as opposed to their 1:1 ratio.

Most manufactures would have you believe that if you mix their componentry levels or brands that your entire drive train will explode at first pedal turn. Don't believe that hype...they're trying to sell you sumpthin'!
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Well, called the vendor today - they said "oops" and promised to send the fork/headset out today. In any case, could any answer the rest of the questions? Scratch the crankset one, but I am most interested in possibility of using a mountain bike RD with road shifter/levers.
The FD series or Tiagra work with those. I ave also had luck using an FSA compact FD for these type of setups.
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