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    Acera components with XT?

    Being a relative newbie on bikes mechanics I'm curious if lower end Shimano components like an Acera crank can bu used with XT derailleurs? My wife has a Kona Tanuki that came with Acera cranks and front derailleur and Deore rear.

    I recently upgraded my bike to XT and it's AWESOME. I want her to have a good time riding, so getting some decent components would be a step in the right directions - yes, the bike is heavy, yes, the wheels suck, but I'm working on the shifting first.

    So does anyone know if I'd need new cranks with XT FD/RD-M781 derailleurs...obviously I'd need a 10 speed cassette as well...and shifters...and chain. Jesus.

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    Assuming the ACERA crank is three ring and the XT front is 3 speed you 'should' be good. The caveat is simple; some, including shimano say that 10 speed chains need 10 speed chainrings up front. Many others say it is no problem at all.

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    Thanks Drew! Super helpful, I'll have to check the specs on the front derailleur.

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