Im looking to build up a new road/touring bike for a person (me) with real sensitive knees and hilly area. I'm contemplating going with mountain cranks (42/28) with a cassette like a 12-36 in either Sram or Shimano. This would be on a road frame like a Soma Smoothie with drop bars. Trust me on this, i need hills to be real friendly to my knees and know this combination would do it, use to ride a mountain bike on the street and this gearing was great. Anyhow, will the Sram double tap brake/shifter or the Shimano 105 brake/shifters work with a compatible mountain derailleur and cassette?
Much thanks all!