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Dura Ace and XTR(6 posts)

Dura Ace and XTRpaddlechris
Jul 31, 2003 5:36 AM
Does anyone have any experience with a mix of XTR and Dura Ace on a road bike?? I am trying to duplicate a set of gears on my road bike as I upgrade, not a racer but need lower gears for touring and pulling a load on long trips. I would like a DA Triple but find that the Crank is limited on the chain rings that I would like (front a 38,48,58 Rear 12 – 28) I am finding that I can do a DA Triple with an XTR RD and Cassette (12-32) and accomplish relatively the same inch gears. My concern is mixing the two.. With nine speeds will I have an issue with the shifting (DA Shifters XTR Der.)?? I believe that the weight difference is small

And will you all make fun of me??
No ProblemLen J
Jul 31, 2003 5:49 AM
I have an XTR & D/A rear Der that I switch back & forth. I live on the Eastern Shore (Flat) So I put on the XTR when I go to the Mountains. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to switch out. I also run a D/A triple. I use 28/38/50 chainrings. Why do you need a 48/58?

Otherwise, shifting is flawless.

Your DA shifters will work with a XTR Rr. Der.biknben
Jul 31, 2003 5:53 AM
I did this two weeks ago to get lower gears for a hill climb event. My 9 spd. XTR rear der. worked flawlessly with my Dura Ace shifters. Actually, I was surprised it worked as well as it did. If it hadn't been for the huge jumps in gears I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference.

It's also significantly cheaper than I triple crank conversion.
You could also consider...DERICK
Jul 31, 2003 7:02 AM
going with an XTR crank ,rings and front deraileur. That would give you your low gearing and limit any shifting problems to the least used shifting system. I'm not 100% sure it would work or give you the exact gearing you want but it may be worth looking into.

If you switch the rear, are you talking about 9 speed XTR and DA? As long as they are both 9 speed it should work.
Maybe notChen2
Jul 31, 2003 8:04 AM
Your suggestion for using a mountain crank and front derailleur sounds good but with the majority of new bikes being equiped with "braze-on" style derailleurs it's not going to work well for a lot of folks. I've tried it on my wife's bike. Never could get the road braze-on derailleur to shift the mountain crank set well enough.
Jul 31, 2003 7:11 AM
If you add the big gears and longer travel deraileur you will need to add some chain. The last thing you want to do is tare your deraileur apart in the middle of nowhere as you reach for that last low gear.

Good luck with it.