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Old 06-08-07, 09:53 AM
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compatability between road bike and moutatin bikes

just wondering what parts of a bike are noncompatable and compatable between the two difference bikes. foe example, both bikes can take the same pedals, but not the same type of wheels cause the mounatin bike wheels are wider.

can a list be made?
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MTB hubs are generally wider (135 mm) than road hubs (130 mm) and the rims are usually significantly smaller in diameter and wider. The tires are completely non-interchangable too.

MTB shifters won't work well with road front derailleurs and vice-versa.

Shimano MTB and road rear derailleurs are interchangable and the rear shifters work equally well.

Road brakes are usually side-pulls and MTB's are usually cantilevers, V-brakes or disc brakes. Road brake levers, with one exception, don't work with V-brakes or disc brakes.
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Assume that everything is noncompatable and you'll be right more often than you're wrong.
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