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    Adapt a Zipp 300 road crank (130mm bcd) for use on a Merlin XLM?

    I picked up the Zipp crank for it's light weight and because it was on sale. My theory is to create a decent 2x8/9 drive train by swapping the existing chain rings for a "tripleizer" style inner (38t 130mm) and a corresponding granny (74mm or 92mm it seems) say around 28-32t or so. I have a an 11-32 8sp cassette and could swap for an 11-34 depending on what will work better up front.

    Anyone have experience with this? Advice? Brands (I've seen Shimano Dura Ace, Specialties TA, and StrongLight so far)?

    Here are some examples of the tripleizer style ring:

    http://www.xxcycle.com/alize-k-kit-m...triple,,en.php

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Chainring.aspx

    Zipp 300:

    http://www.trisports.com/zicacr.html

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    You'll most likely need an excessively long bottom bracket spindle to get adequate chainstay clearance.

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    Yeah, I did a little reading about the "Q" and distance of the rings from the bb on a road crank. I guess I'll find out when the crank gets here. I'm pretty sure that what I want to do is possible, however, as you stated, it may require some customization. Oh well, that's the fun part anyway, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickkidd
    Yeah, I did a little reading about the "Q" and distance of the rings from the bb on a road crank. I guess I'll find out when the crank gets here. I'm pretty sure that what I want to do is possible, however, as you stated, it may require some customization. Oh well, that's the fun part anyway, yes?
    Did you ever get this to work?

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