I'm planning my LHT build (yep, another one! ) and am officially confused about drivetrain options. I've noticed talk about "rapid-rise" and some builds using a mix of road and MTB parts.
I'm building up a commuter/grocery getter/touring rig with an emphasis on the first two. I'm leaning towards an all-MTB drivetrain (XT level) with a triple up front and a 11-32 (or similar) cassette in the rear. I'm not loyal to shimano or SRAM, whatever works! I do, however, have a set of 9-spd Dura-ace barcons that I want to use. So can I use the newer rapid-rise shifters? Will any 9-speed front deraileur work with barcons? I know some deraileurs have different ratios but that's as much as I know.
I'm shopping Ebay (and Nashbar, and Performance, and JensonUSA, and....) and could use some advice on what models to watch for. Or maybe point me in the right direction (links).