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Mixing MTB and Road parts(5 posts)

Mixing MTB and Road partsamlpeterson
Aug 2, 2002 10:32 AM
Im building a cyclo cross bike and am thinking of putting a Sram 9.0 Cassette and a LX rear derailluer on, matched with Taigra or 105 shifters. Will it work, or will the shifting be sketchy. I live in a dry area so mud is not a problem for the shifters.
Plus, I'm stuck on what wheels to go for. Right now I'm looking at Mavic open pros with shimano deore hubs. But any suggestions would be nice. Wouldn't want to get out on the trail and realize by equipment isn't up to the challenge. Mitch
re: Mixing MTB and Road partsJakob
Aug 2, 2002 11:50 AM
The shifter/derailleur/cassette combo should be fine. I've seen similar set-ups work with no problems. You might also consider Bar-Cons shifters. Just a thought.

One question about the wheelset is why the Deore Hubs? Some CX frame have 130mm spacing (road) and some have 135 (ATB). Other have 132.5mm so that you can use either a road or atb hub. If you can use a road hub, I would. The reason is that you'll be able to throw the wheel on a road bike in an emergency. 700c rims with 135 spaced hubs are only going to fit a certain percentage of cross frames but a 700c/130 spaced hub is a lot more common of a set up. Jenson has 105 hubs/Mavic MA3 wheelsets for $115. That seems like a pretty good price for a durable wheelset.

If you have to use a 135mm hub because of your frame dimensions, the Deore should be just fine.

Good luck!
those parts will work just fineGlowBoy
Aug 2, 2002 12:36 PM
These parts are all compatible. In fact, my Volpe came stock with almost exactly what you describe: Tiagra shifters, a Deore rear derailleur and an SRAM cassette. Works great!

- Dan
those parts will work just fineatpjunkie
Aug 2, 2002 2:28 PM
yes will do fine. Am running XTR and Dura Ace Bar Ends and it ROCKS!!! like the other posters mentioned check your wheel spacing for what hubs you should use. last thing you want to do is shell out some $$ on wheels that don't fit
Wheel Answersamlpeterson
Aug 2, 2002 4:13 PM
Thanks for the Advice. The wheel/frame demensions are 132.5 to fit both Road and MTB. I was figuring the MTB hub would be more durable, but the switching of wheels to a road bike sounds like a good excuse to get road hubs. Thanks again. Peace Out