Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix Comp, Soma ES
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Yes, and on the Harris Cyclery (Sheldon Brown's employer) page you'll find the "century special" which is a 14-30.
Personally, looks like you're needing a mountain bike rather than a cross bike. But, you could run mountain bike gearing on it with the STI's. I converted one of mine to it for some strange reason. Then quickly converted it back. I used a Deore crank, front and rear derailleurs and a 12-34 cassette. There wasn't much I couldn't climb with it, but it wasn't that great for the road. I think I picked everything off ebay for about $150-200.
Edit: opps, that cassette is a 9 speed. I wonder if you could simply add another cog and spacer to it? Bet you could.
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