I have an 07 Trek 8500 that I really love but I found the ebay carbon frames so for $330 shipped I couldn't say no to at least giving it a try. I plan on swapping over most of the components that I can and hanging onto the 8500 frame in case the china carbon frame doesn't hold up or I don't like it.
I am wondering what you guys suggest I do about front derailleur and bottom bracket. The taper of the seat tube into the BB starts high enough that I can't slide the front derailleur down far enough to get it into the right position. Am I going to have to go 1x9? Or is there a way around this? (see picture below)
As for the bottom bracket, I am wondering how you guys typically orient your spacers. I have a Shimano XT external BB (68/73 mm) and the BB on the frame is a 68 mm, so I will need about 5 mm of spacers. What size and quantity do you put on each side? To get the spacing from the frame to the lowest cog correct, I was figuring about 2.5 on the drive side and the rest on the non drive side. How have you guys done it? (This question is probably different for every setup, eh?)
BTW - Frame was purchased from seller XX-Goods
All input is welcomed! Thanks!
The gap that is much too large
Showing the derailleur is as far down as possible basically
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