I'm looking at getting a touring frame/fork (Salsa's new Vaya) and I've been told by Salsa that I need to use a road crank and FD, as a mountain crank will be too far out since it has a road chain-line (46.5-47mm I believe).
I was hoping to use my existing parts set-up - Titec J-bar w/ dual control levers, XT crankset (currently a simple and smooth 26 40 double on my Monocog Flight) and existing mtn BB7s for this bike... but it appears that if I am going to do that I 'll need a new left shifter and brake lever to work with a road front der... wha would be the best way to try to make this work?
So, the specific questions:
1) Is there a way to use my XT crankset and remove spacers on the drive side of the BB to move it in?
2.) If I use the existing dual control levers is there a way to get a road FD to work? It is a bottom pull bottom swing. I've heard that putting the cable on the opposite side of the bolt will work with slightly increase cable tension.
3) If I use a road compact crankset to work with the existing chainline can the XT FD be adjusted (w/ inner limit screw?) to work with it or will it simply just sit too far out for the inner chainring of the road crank?
My last resort is to go drop bar as I have some of the necessary parts - use some old 105 levers, put an octalink BB with a Ritchey Compact crank on and pick up a set of BB7 road brakes - $120 roughly... but I REALLY like the j-bar and dual control levers.
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