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    Vaya Drivetrain Question

    Weird question, but I have a 2012 Vaya 2 that I really love. Great bike, but I'm interested in lowering the gearing ratio with new components. The stock set-up has the SRAM Apex (brifters with a double ring up front), and I'm curious if anyone can offer a lower gearing set-up (component wise).

    Is it possible to go with a triple ring up front and stay with the brifters with a taller cog/derailler in the rear?

    If so, does anyone have any suggestions in the SRAM line-up.

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    Thanks,

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    There are a few ways you can lower the gearing and keep your existing brifters. The easiest way would be to change to an 11-36 cassette and an mtb rear derailleur; x7 or x9 will do just fine. You could also change the crankset, bottom bracket, and front derailleur to mtb parts(again, x7 or x9 will do just fine.) Or, if you need really low gears, you can do both. The stock gearing was always a bit too steep for my wife so we opted for the third option. Now she loves her bike and has been riding it quite a bit this summer.

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    tws,

    Thank you. I've always read that the SRAM brifters didn't get along with MTB components very well, but I see Salsa did that exact thing on the 2014 Fargo. I wonder if my stock Apex brifters and crank set would work with an X7 cog and rear derailleur? That might be enough to help me out.

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    It's shimano 10 speed where there are road/mtb compatibility issues. Sram brifters work great with their mtb derailleurs.

    I might even try swapping the cassette by itself first. I had a surly in the shop a few weeks back and was able to get a rear derailleur that was only rated to 27 teeth to work on a 32 tooth cassette. Might be worth a shot.

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    Just to confirm what others have said, you would be fine to grab an X7 cassette and rear derailleur; this combination works perfectly with Apex brifters.

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    Thanks, folks. This really helps me out.
    I'll get started.

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    Shimano 10spd road shifters also work great with Shimano 9spd mtb derailleurs, FYI.

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