Old 10-07-11, 07:27 AM
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Even if you find an older "Octalink" MTB crank, it will use a different Octalink design (V-2) than your road crank uses (V-1) so you will require a bottom bracket change in any event.

As noted, you may have a problem with your front derailleur positioning but friction front shifting (if you have bar end shifters) will allow a lot of liberties. Road front derailleurs aren't optimally shaped for use with MTB cranks but they do work.
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