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Shifter Question'sn21spdrs
May 26, 2003 7:20 PM
I am building up a flat bar road bike out of some spare parts I have lying around. Here's the question I need help with. Can you use Shimano MTB 9 speed shifter's such as deore, lx, xt or xtr to control shimano 105 triple front and rear derailleurs? I know shimano makes a 9 speed brake and shifter group that is specific to road bikes with flat bars, but I prefer to use the MTN stuff if it will work.
Some specific details of the possible build-up if they will help in answering/advising.I'm looking at a 52cm CAAD5 road frame, cannondale expert ex triple road cranks 30/42/52, ultegra 12-27 cassette, 105 triple frt and rr derailleurs, zoom brahma bars and shimano deore brake/shifter combo. Will it work? Thanks in advance for your comments.
re: Shifter Question'seddie m
May 26, 2003 7:40 PM
Harris Cyclery at has an article on compatibility of Shimano components.
Who plays well with who?pitt83
May 27, 2003 6:01 AM
link from ahs a chart. Not sure if it includes the MTB stuff.
It will work, for sure, on the front...TFerguson
May 27, 2003 2:35 PM
and I believe it will work on the rear. I also believe that the "flat bar road bike" shifters are relabelled Deore.

I built a flat bar with XRT brifters, Ultegra front and XTR/XT rear. Works great.

MTB rears are commonly used with road brifters for touring/CX. If the cable pull is right for this, I don't see why it wouldn't for MTB shifters and road rear.