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Front Derailleurs - XR or D/A...(5 posts)

Front Derailleurs - XR or D/A...UTE
May 23, 2002 2:46 AM
Looking for some advice as to what Front Derailleur to use on my Cross bike. Don't know much, well okay anything, about road components. I have never been disappointed by the performance of XTR on my MTB, and was actually planning on using another for my Cross/Trail bike project. Any thoughts or opinions on whether the Dura-Ace stuff is 'tough' enough for trail use?? - Thanx!!
What crank are you going to use? (nm)SS_MB-7
May 23, 2002 4:25 AM
Well, the Jury's still...UTE
May 23, 2002 9:36 AM
out on that. I am hoping to use a standard MTB crankset, because I love the Action Tec Ti chainrings. Have 'em on my MTB and they're great!! I am looking at the XTR 5-bolt which is a 110/74 pattern as well as Raceface, either Turbine or Next. FSA did say they expect to have a 110/74 version of their Gossamer Crankset soon. Another complication for me is the fact that I really prefer the Phil Wood BB. THing is, it only comes in taper spindle. So if I go XTR then th BB has to be XTR or D/A. The RF's are both available in taper and I assume teh FSA would be a non-Shimano Spline. I'm open to recommendations!!!
I'm going with DA, but...SS_MB-7
May 24, 2002 5:13 AM
I'm going with a Dura-Ace crank/BB on my yet-to-be-built SS 'cross bike. But, since it is a SS, I don't to worry about front/rear derailleurs and shifters ;P

If I was to go with gears, I would have gone with a PW BB and a RaceFace LP crankset.

I believe the FSA's are available in all spline-types: square, Shimano spline and ISIS.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
I running Ultegra with XT cranksSteve_O
May 24, 2002 7:55 AM
I running Ultegra with XT cranks and it works fine... In fact, I started out with an XT bottom pull FD but had issues because the lever arm (where the cable is attached) would contact my tires when in the big ring. The result was an annoying rub.

I swapped the XT for an Ultegra (triple ring version). The parallelogram is bigger on the Ultegra and the lever arm is smaller. Problem solved!

As for durability I would worry more about the rear derailleur as they tend to take more abuse from crashes, sticks, etc...