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Emepella Or Kenisis + Suitable cross cranks(3 posts)

Emepella Or Kenisis + Suitable cross cranksboing
Oct 11, 2003 10:59 AM
I am currently considering putting together a Cross bike. The 2 frames I am looking at are an Empella type frame and the Crosslight pro. Any info on these 2 frames or any other in a similar price race worthy frames would be excellant.

I am thinking of using some parts from the 8sp shimano 105 on my training bike. I also have an old 8pd LX rear mech, will this work with the road sti shifters if I don't use the 105 r.mech? I am I right in thinking that I could fit an 8 speed cassete on hub for a 9spd group set? And finally any recommendations for a crankset that can fit lower gears such as a 36 or 34 tooth small chainring.
Oct 11, 2003 11:57 AM
No compatibility probs-LX rear mech is fine, and the Shimano freehub for both 8 and 9 speed Shimano cassettes is the same, no spacers required.

Hard to find newer cranks that can run a smaller inner chainring. FSA now makes a 110BCD double (Tyler Hamilton version), but the cheaper way would be to track down an older MTB 74/110 BCD triple crank, remove the inner chainring and spacers, and run it as a double with a shorter bottom bracket spindle. Have this on a few bikes, 34/46 and 34/48, shifts great with a 105 double front mech.
Oct 13, 2003 10:30 AM
You aren't going to be able to run V-brakes on the cross bike without "Travel Agents" or similar adaptors, so you need to find some cantis.

I just inherited an old GT with some 175 (110/74) LX cranks that already have the 36/46 rings on it if someone's interested. The bike also came with one end's worth of nearly new LX cantis...

From what I've seen, most 'cross bikes are serious Frankenbikes. Bits of this and that all add up to an inexpensive off season bit of racing...