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Will road components work for Cyclocross/Gravelbiking?

Old 12-13-16, 07:05 PM
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Will road components work for Cyclocross/Gravelbiking?

I am 65 years old and have ridden my Waterford road frame for 16 years. I have severe arthritis in my right wrist from a 20 year old break and surgery, and am wanting to look into a more comfort oriented frame. However, I purchased all Dura Ace components a few years back, and hate to sell them if they would be convertible to a more comfortable frame. I switched to a triple crank when I bought them, and a 10 speed cassette. I will have to keep drop bars to use the levers I guess, but are there any other issues that would prevent the switch over? Thanks
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So you have a dura ace triple drivetrain?
Itd work on most any frame that is set up for caliper or canti brakes. Mechanical disc too, if thats what you want.
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most cross bikes that don't use cross-specific parts use road parts.
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No reason to sell your Dura Ace group in place of something else. What is it that your Waterford frame makes it uncomfortable?
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There are upright bars that fit road levers.

Nitto Albastache:

That way, you could have a more upright riding position (which many find more comfortable) and still use all of your components.

As @mstateglfr points out, your road levers are compatible with sidepull, centerpull, cantilever, and road disc calipers. They could be used with v-brakes or MTB disc calipers if you use "travel agent" adapters.

What frame are you considering? Waterford also makes Gunnar bikes, and they have several models that would do well on gravel.
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