On Mon, 10 Mar 2003 16:13:31 -0500, Rick Warner wrote:
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>> tell-<< I have a mountain bike with a Deore top pull front changer and Deore chainwheels. I want
>> to install Shimano 105 STI-levers. Sheldon Brown says it's impossible. Anyone succeded doing the
>> Road STI is not compatible with MTB front ders...
>> Use Veloce or Mirage ERGO and it'll work with the Deore fder.
> What would you recommend for shifters/cranks/rder/fder for a fully loaded steel touring bike? I am
> having one built and keep going around and around on the drivetrain. Need the low gears ....
> current thought is something like Shimano XT on the rear, Stronglight or TA Zephyr cranks, and a
> Campy racing triple fder. But that is the thinking at a point in time. Have about 3 more weeks
> before the frame will be back from the paint shop so have a lot more points in time to think this
> over. Any thoughts?
I realize I'm not Peter, but - if you use the appropriate bar end shifters, you can use just about
any current production fder, and you can use any current production Shimano rear derailleur and it
will work. You will also find bar end shifters give you several other advantages for loaded touring:
- friction option will keep you going in the field when an indexing failure with dual control levers
will reduce your functionality to a 3-speed [and believe me, it does happen]
- bar end shifter cables can be routed so as to not interfere with a front handlebar bag
- bar end shifters are much more tolerant of minor cable tension misadjustment or lack of complete
smoothness due to crud accumulation on the cable guide (you can slightly overshift to make the
shift happen very easily)
- riding on the bar ends works really well with a touring load
- significantly cheaper than dual control levers