Hi Friends! I am in the process putting together a new touring build. I now have a dilemma of choosing the right drivetrain components. Originally I had chosen these components:
Crank Sugino XD-600 Crank Triple 46x36x24 172.5mm Front Mech Shimano XT M771 Conventional 9sp 28.6mm Rear Mech Shimano XT M772 Shadow 9sp Long Cage Cassette Shimano HG-50 11-32T Shifters Shimano Dura Ace SL-7700 DT Shifters Chain SRAM PC-971 w/powerlink
But my LBS is saying that XT components won't be compatible with my front crank, and they suggested going with Ultegra derailleurs instead. What are your thoughts on this?
I was thinking if the Sugino crank really doesn't work with XT derailleurs that well, it might be a better idea to go with an XT crank instead of switching the derailleurs? Or is going with Ultegra derailleurs not such a big deal? I heard they were less durable and more finicky, but have no practical experience with them. I also heard that indexed road shifters are not 100% compatible with XT derailleurs, but have seen many a bike with the combo, so who knows on that.