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    Road shifters for gravel grinder

    Wanting to build a cheap gravel grinder using SRAM parts from my mtb.

    Running X7 9 speed derailleurs front and back, 11-34, 26-36-48.

    Shifting with SRAM X7 triggers but want to replace those with STI/Ergo style levers.

    What are my options in SRAM and Shimano?

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    You'd need to jump up to sram 10 speed to use sram double tap shifters.

    For shimano sti levers you'd have to swap out to shimano regardless; either 9 speed or 10.

    I'd suggest going with SRAM all the way. I used ultegra Sti levers on my cross bike for about 10 years and when they finally died I stepped it up to sram and it's worlds better. The double tap system is more ergo and easier to use and having fixed brake levers is a huge difference. No more flopping brake levers descending down rough stuff.
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    Oh and one more thing;

    SRAM mountain and road are cross compatible in 10 speed so you could use a mountain dérailleur to get that extra range (though rival comes in an extended range dérailleur now).

    Shimano 10 speed road and mountain is not compatible however 9 speed is.
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    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

    I found this article about a Giro D'italia rider who mixed SRAM mbt-road groups to clear some high passes that illustrates what you said.

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    The SRAM road wifli rear derailleurs are able to accommodate an 11-32t 10 speed cassette or like you found you could use a mountain rear dérailleur and go all the way up to a 36t if you wanted.

    Oh and one thing I found out with the road rear derailleurs (which wasn't apparent just looking) was that they don't move forward at the B knuckle like shimano road does (the cable routing made it seem like it might) so you don't get that annoying dérailleur slap into the chain stay with all SRAM derailleurs!
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    THREAD DREDGE!

    i have a mtb i am trying to convert to a dropbar 2x10 sram setup. i have rival all around, except i have an x9 2x10 crank. is it supposed to work or do i need to dump some money on a sram 10 speed mtb front mech? i cant seem to get the front mech to push to the outer ring? 68mm shell, 28x42 teeth. i tried to run a cx crank, but it is too tight to the chainstays.

    btw, the frame is bottom pull. what kinda mtb front mech would i need? high clamp? low clamp? short, medium or long cage?

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    You'll need an MTB front derailleur. The chain line is much closer on road/cx as you've found out with trying a road crank.

    As for what type it depends on clearance; I usually run low clamp. Obviously a bottom pull if that's what the frame requires.
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    i threw 5mm of spacers on the non-drive side and that might, just might work. moving the mech with my fingers shifted a chain, but it was a 9sp chain. i will attach the shifter tonight and see. really dont wanna get another der.

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