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Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?(11 posts)

Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?Colin_S
Sep 2, 2002 9:02 AM

I'm about to begin an all-purpose, road/'cross project. I was wondering if anyone uses a mtn. crankset w/ good results.

Any crankset/gearing advice would be greatly appreciated. I wo't be racing, but doing shorter road rides and trail riding. I've also been tossing around the idea of just go single speed and saving $500.
re: Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?jrm
Sep 2, 2002 1:43 PM
I found that i couldnt get a desent chainline. Also didnt like the idea of spinning a 44T big ring on the road. I found a 01' Ultegra triple for $104.
another optionwspokes
Sep 3, 2002 3:46 AM
Another option I chose for a short while was using the RSX micro road gearing, you still get low end if needed yet there's a happy medium on the upper end. In the end, I slapped on a 48t and left the other gears on it. I don't even recall what the others were, 36, 26?? I don't think I ever use the small ring except if I decide to go up some grinding hills on the trails. It's just another option to consider though!
might want a little tallerGlowBoy
Sep 3, 2002 1:22 PM
If you're going to be doing trail riding you might want something a little smaller than a road triple. One option would be an old mountain "standard" crankset (24-36-46 with 74/110mm BCD) like I have on my old mountain bike. Combine this with an 11t cassette cog and you come within a few percent of a true roadie high gear.

Rivendell has a Sugino triple crank in their catalog for $100 that has 24/36/46 or 26/36/46 rings ("no choice", as they say, you get one or the other)

- Dan
might want a little tallerOffRoadTourer
Sep 4, 2002 5:41 AM
I found that a road triple crank with 30-42-52 works better with a MTB cassette like an 11-32. The low gearing feels very similar to a MTB despite the fact it looks higher on paper, maybe it's because you have lower rolling resistance and a lighter bike. You'll then get some nice high gears for serious on-road speed.

Just be aware that STI road levers pull a different amount of gear cable to STI MTB shifters so front deraillers are not interchangeable between road and mountain. Also you will need a long cage rear derailler to take up the chain slack when using a triple crankset.
46x12 top works for metriangleforge
Sep 4, 2002 9:31 AM
I've got an old SunTour XC Pro MTB crank with 20-something/36/46 rings that works very nicely as an all-rounder. Plenty of top-end for all but true road-race descent speeds, but a usable 46 tooth big ring for off-road and 'cross racing.

re: Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?James_M
Sep 5, 2002 7:11 AM
I built up a bike to do exactly what you are describing (even started it as a single speed) and I went with an old pair of compact cranks with a 32/44 ring set up and a 12-32 cassette. For more top end I have seen 46t compact rings advertised and you could go with a cassette that uses a 11tooth cog. Depending on how you build it you won't need to spend $500.00 to have gears. I used Ultegra bar end shifters, XT deraileurs, a cheap 8 speed cassette, and a used set of cranks(with nice Race Face rings) and spent around $200.00.
re: Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?atpjunkie
Sep 6, 2002 6:49 PM
Hey and you can use a MTB fr. derailleur with road shifters (both STI and Bar Con) there's been plenty of posts on this. I've Ran both Ultegra STI and D/A bar cons w / XTR derailleurs to no problem. Am setting up a 1x8 or 2x8 cx rig with MTB running gear and D/A 8 sp. bar con (or cons).

Run 48 36 (with a 26 if I want to do trail riding) XTR crank with a 12-27 Ultegra 9 sp Cassette and can keep up with most roadies on flats if I'm running road tires. If I set bike #2 up 1x 8 it will be 42 up front with a 11-30 XT cassette if I go 2x8 it will be 48 and 36 up front.
re: Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?OffRoadTourer
Sep 8, 2002 5:26 AM
Not trying to start an argument, if you've got MTB front deraillers to work with road shifters then great. But Shimano do make two types of road front deraillers, one for STI road levers and one for rapid fire shifters on flat bar road/sport type bikes. The reason I was told by a Shimano employee was that road STI levers pull a different amount of cable. Maybe it isn't much but Shimano sees fit to make another derailler for the purpose - ah the many twisted and convuluted ways of the big S!
re: Is a mtn. triple (44-32-22t) a viable option?atpjunkie
Sep 9, 2002 9:11 PM
I can believe it. Just haven't experienced it. It's OEM on the s works MTB's
oops mean S Works CX's (nm)atpjunkie
Sep 9, 2002 9:11 PM