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105 Triple Rear Der. Double front...Why?

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105 Triple Rear Der. Double front...Why?

Old 04-24-05, 01:56 PM
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In my quest for a cross bike (to be used as a year round commuter/touring/clubride bike) I have come across an interesting spec item. The Kona JTS comes with a double chainring crank (39-48), but they spec the bike with a triple 105 rear derailleur. Is there any good reason for this in cyclocross or is this a cross-market trick to get people like me to buy the bike?

It worked to sell me on the bike since all I have to do to turn it into a triple is get a BB and a front derailleur. To switch the poprad would have meant also switching the rear derialleur, which is a bit more pricy.
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