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    Upgrading my CC drivetrain

    I have a CrossCheck that I truly love. It is my go-to bike for just about everything. I have had custom 29er SS, dual suspensions, and hardtail MTB's but this CC is my favorite of all time. I have her set up for riding the road and just by putting my Nitto Campee racks on, she can be used as a tourer. I want to swap out the bars to a Dirt Drop type set-up and also change the drive-train to a touring, mtb type set-up. I was thinking LX or XT rear but what derailleur for the front? Also, what cranks work best for the touring set-up. As for the Dirt Drop type bars, I am thinking WoodChipper or something like that. I do not want to break the bank so what is the most cost effective way to get these upgrades done. Also, I will be putting some really wide Schwalbe Marathons on her so that she will be able to handle a wide range of surfaces. I am really going to make her my do-everything bike. Just need a little advice. Thanks. I will post before and after pics when I am done.
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    You can just get a wider bottom bracket and add a granny gear to the factory crankset. If you don't like that, then go to Velo Orange and get one of his triple cranks. Stock front derailer should be fine. I have a Deore rear derailer on mine, but the factory one lasted 4 years of 200 mile weeks. I have woodchippers on one bike and they are a good choice, just make sure you cut 1.5 or 2 inches from the barends before you mount the shifters or you'll be shifting with your knees. I also have the origin 8 bars on a couple bikes- they are great off road in the drops, but you can't really use the hoods for cruising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    You can just get a wider bottom bracket and add a granny gear to the factory crankset. If you don't like that, then go to Velo Orange and get one of his triple cranks. Stock front derailer should be fine. I have a Deore rear derailer on mine, but the factory one lasted 4 years of 200 mile weeks. I have woodchippers on one bike and they are a good choice, just make sure you cut 1.5 or 2 inches from the barends before you mount the shifters or you'll be shifting with your knees. I also have the origin 8 bars on a couple bikes- they are great off road in the drops, but you can't really use the hoods for cruising.
    I really don't want to break the bank and have been looking around. The LX gruppo seems as if it would work great. The Velo-Orange stuff is a little more pricey than I want to go. The Midge bar may be one way to go as well. Choices, choices!!!!!!!!
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    Sounds like you're doing a build similar to my own. I've gone with a Deore HG50 11-34t 9 speed cassette, VO 48-36-24 triple crank. Deore rear derailleur and Sora front. These are working great with down tube shifters. I've put 40mm Schwalbe Dureme's on Velocity Dyad rims. You might want to look a Salsa's Cowbell bar, I find it comfortable, and it's flare is a lot more subtle than other dirt drop bars.

    Now I'm just waiting for a saddle a seat post to arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taterbug View Post
    I really don't want to break the bank and have been looking around. The LX gruppo seems as if it would work great. The Velo-Orange stuff is a little more pricey than I want to go. The Midge bar may be one way to go as well. Choices, choices!!!!!!!!
    Have you been veloorange.com lately? Chris has the VO triple on sale for $100. If you need a new crankset, that's a pretty good price for one that nice. For a front derailer, just get whatever matchs your crankset. There's not that much difference in performance between the high end ones and the low ends ones, especially for friction shifting. For a read derailer, LX is great. Deore works great too. Good luck and have fun with the conversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Have you been veloorange.com lately? Chris has the VO triple on sale for $100. If you need a new crankset, that's a pretty good price for one that nice. For a front derailer, just get whatever matchs your crankset. There's not that much difference in performance between the high end ones and the low ends ones, especially for friction shifting. For a read derailer, LX is great. Deore works great too. Good luck and have fun with the conversion.
    I think I am just a little heavy to chance running a square taper crank. But I amy look at it one more time. I have already ordered my Marathon Mondial 700x40's. I will probably get a Junebug H-bar and some tan tape to match my Brooks honey B17. Then, I start on the drive train
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    Quote Originally Posted by taterbug View Post
    I think I am just a little heavy to chance running a square taper crank.
    Too heavy for a square taper BB? Never heard of that before. I weigh 250 lbs and have been riding square taper cranks for more than 10 years without issue. But I don't race, or tour Africa, or do anything particularly extreme.


    Quote Originally Posted by taterbug View Post
    I will probably get a Junebug H-bar and some tan tape to match my Brooks honey B17.
    Good look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Too heavy for a square taper BB? Never heard of that before. I weigh 250 lbs and have been riding square taper cranks for more than 10 years without issue. But I don't race, or tour Africa, or do anything particularly extreme.




    Good look!
    I don't do too much extreme. I am at 270 and have ruined an older RF crank that was square tapered. Maybe I will give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Too heavy for a square taper BB? Never heard of that before. I weigh 250 lbs and have been riding square taper cranks for more than 10 years without issue. But I don't race, or tour Africa, or do anything particularly extreme.




    Good look!
    +1 I'm 140 lbs and ride a square taper. No problems here either.
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