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Old 08-01-08, 02:24 PM
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Utility/Commuter/Touring build

Hey Everyone,
Im in the process of building a bike and need some advice on drivetrain components. Most of my riding will be on roads and the bike trail near my house (and some dirt), but i also want to be able to load up the panniers and do some light touring. I have been round and round trying to decide to go with a compact double or a triple setup (9sp?). the think the Compact would be fine for most of my riding im just concerned about touring (although i could always have lower geared cassette) and durability off road.
I have been looking at Shimano 105/ultegra stuff and possibly XT if i go with the 9 speed triple.
Any advice?

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If you are going to carry a load, pull a trailer, and so on, get the triple. In fact, if you can get a 110 bcd triple with a wide cassette, even better.

There are a gadzillion threads on build advice in the touring forum.
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Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post

There are a gadzillion threads on build advice in the touring forum.
Yes, Me thinks you've picked the wrong section to ask this question. Maybe the mod will
move it so you get better help.

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