Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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I had it changed at the bike shop at the time of purchase. I was considering two options:
1. Keeping the "105", albeit with 3 smaller rings: 48-38-26 (which is the smallest compatible granny).
2. My preferred option: a LX or XT drivetrain with 44-34-22. The bike shop made me an offer I couldn't refuse with an XT drivetrain. They changed the BB as well (different design).
They were interested in changing the front derailleur (for a modest fee), sayint it would "shift better". I was not interested. So I still have the "105" front derailleur and it shifts flawlessly. I should add that I use bar-end shifters and therefore shift the front derailleur in friction.
If you also want to use STI, the alternative is either:
- to keep it as is and "enjoy" poor shifts (due to indexing);
- to grind the derailleur cage so it follows more closely the shape of the outer ring.
Front MTB derailleurs (LX, XT) don't work with STI, I was told.