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It's just the job - supple, light enough, tough etc.
However, there isn't that much around which is equivalent. There's the VN Amazon which is similar (but has slightly different geometry) and you'd need to do a disc-based build rather than the standard cantis.
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With Genesis I would go with alloy frame as here we get lots of rain during winter and steel will rust within a year or so and would do the same with On One/Planet X if alloy's available. If I choose either of these brand I will buy frame/set only and would go custom with carbon flat bar & seatpost. I like the dropbars but I prefered the control of a flatbar off road with bar end for comfort for touring.
If I go custom, can I do this combo below?
Shimano or SRAM:
mtb shifter with road Front and Rear derailleur (cassette?)?
Or I'm thinking go full off road gears.
- you can use a MTB 9spd right shifter with any Shimano road rear mech
- you can't use the latest 10spd MTB shifters with road rear mechs though (they only work with 10spd MTB mechs)
- if you want 10spd with a road mech then you'll need to use a SLR770 shifter
- You can't (quite) use a MTB left shifter with a road front mech, as it overshifts. You can bodge this quite easily though (with the limit screws) on a double c/set but not on a triple.
- Ideally you want a SLR440 or 770 left shifter to work properly with your road front mech.
SRAM and Shimano cassettes are interchangeable.
ps steel takes a lot longer than a year to rust trust me, I live in England
The new Kinesis thing looks nice as well, so that's three options now oh Singular cycles do something and Salsa and Surly as well now.
Spoiled for choice!
Thinking of building custom wheelset nothing too expensive as this will be my CX and road cafe racer. These combo = mtb hubs XT or hope etc... not sure about the rims, mavic open pro or that new WTB CX rim, anyone got any suggestion for lightweight but not too expensive wheelset?
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Not quite.maddog 2 wrote:SRAM and Shimano cassettes are interchangeable.
Sram mountain & road cassettes are interchangeable with Shimano road only. Shimano mountain bike cassettes are their own standard.
Sram road and Shimano road cassettes are the same spacing (9 and 10 spd)
Sram mtb and Shimano mtb cassettes are the same spacing (9spd)
But AFAIK Shimano MTB 10spd are (slightly) different from all other 10spd cassettes
He'll be using a road setup by the sound of though so my original point is still true: Sram and Shimano cassettes can be swapped about at will.
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