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Old 04-30-05, 04:49 PM
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I am going to build up my new surly crosscheck frame soon and I was wondering if I should go with the ultegra sti's /105 hubs I already have and have it as my only geared road bike or invest in some 9 speed bar ends and xt hubs and make it a bomb proof touring machine? I just dont know. I am planning on touring from Boston to N. Carolina in june and Up to Vermont/New hampshire for a weekend trip.
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Old 04-30-05, 05:14 PM
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If you are into loaded touring and the 105 hubs are 36 hole I'd use them as they are definately above average, only one level behind XT. I'm building a LHT now and am using 105 STI's as I have used them on my road bike for the past 5 yrs with no troubles whatsoever, approx 10,000 mi. I have never tried bar ends but I love the way STI's work.
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