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    Cutthroat front derailleur mod

    Salsa website states that the biggest chainring combo for a 2x10 is 42/28. Petervary's review of the cutthroat has him running 48/34 (Salsa Cutthroat Review - BIKEPACKING.com), and it indicates a "custom mount." Anybody have any more info on this? That extended range is appealing.

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    Good question. I read that review and was wondering the same thing. Maybe problem solvers will come out with something? I would like better gearing options before I buy a cutthroat.
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    Any word on this?

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    No real development. I actually asked Jay Petervary, and he basically discouraged me, saying it didn't really make a lot of difference. But he also said that it's one of the most common questions he gets. I ended up with 42-30 cranks. I'll see how they work this season. With my cranks installed (XTR), there is still a fair bit of room, so I wonder if you could get away with a 44. This is my only real beef with the bike - I just think a little more clearance would open the bike up to more people who really want one bike to cover a lot of bases (e.g., bike packing and gravel riding and racing).

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    I'm looking at a cutthroat frame, but not sure of gearing options. I think a 10-40t cassette with a 42/28 (or 42/30) would be an improvement, but I don't know if it's doable?

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    Yeah, that's no problem. I'm a Shimano guy, so I don't really have that option. But the 10 tooth on the 10-40 does give you a fair bit more top end speed. Are even options out there for a 9 tooth (e13 and I think Hope).

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    I prefer Shimano and might go that route.
    Are you running 11 spd cassette?
    Cassette range?

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    I'm 10 speed. 42/30 - 11/36. On my previous bike the rings were 46/36, so will be interesting to see how things go. I just built it up this winter, so not enough time on it yet.

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    I'm running a e13 9-44 on mine with a 38T front. Going from 11T to a 9T in the rear gave a big boost. Plenty of gear range for my needs and it was nice to ditch the front derailleur.

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