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If you ride a lot of steep hills and want to spare your knees you can have road shifters in the front and use a long cage RD and use a larger mountain cassette in the back. I've done this mixed set up with both SRAM Force (double) and Shimano Ultegra triple road gearing in the front and cage RD's in the back with mountain cassettes in 10 speed. I had a ...


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I don't know anything about bottom brackets, but I found this document which says (on page 16): Shimano cartidge-bearing bottom-bracket spindles are marked with letter codes that correspond to different length spindles. These codes and the corresponding spindle lengths are: Code Length MM 107mm and 110.5mm LL 113mm D-H 115mm YL ...


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For that frame size, most likely 170mm, but you can measure from the centre of the pedal spindle to the centre of the BB: A popular online bike shop lists available crank lengths of 165, 170, 175, and 180. Presumably if you buy the bike "ready built" it will come with cranks chosen to match the frame size. But 165mm cranks are relatively rare outside of ...


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Derailer adjustment is easy - at least in theory. When it comes to fine adjustment you may find that you cannot easily get this problem fixed without making something else worse - i.e. its a compromise. Its a good opportunity to learn how to adjust derailers- make adjustments slowly, one step at a time, and count the turns so you can go back to the start if ...


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That comes down whether the internal mechanism of the different Nexus 3 hubs are the same or not. My guess is they are the same. Some options for you: I had a similar issue with a Nexus 8 hub. In the end I checked with a Shimano approved service center in near me (looked up on Shimano's page). I talked in person to the mechanic, and he knew which would ...


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According to Shimano's website, they are non-series components. However, some websites such as this one claim they are Ultegra quality (This wouldn't surprise me with Colin's answer). In any case, none of the Shimano long reach calipers are part of a series anymore. That being said, TRP (e.g. RG957) among others still make high quality long reach calipers ...


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Actually I think you will find they are Ultegra, circa something like 2009. Since the technology trickles down you will find that they look like modern 105's. Take a look at the CRC product listings for examples of both the modern Ultegra and the old BR-650. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/brakes?f=2259 Note: the 2009 is a guess based on ...


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No, these brakes have nothing to do with Ultegra. A lot of unscrupulous Ebay sellers put unrelated keywords into the title to get more search hits. It's against Ebay rules, but it's pretty widespread, unfortunately.


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It sounds like you need to adjust your rear derailleur - the cable may have slipped a bit and have insufficient cable tension, or if you recently had a crash, you may have bent your derailleur. I'd recommend reading this to learn how to adjust your derailleur.


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Spokes on any wheels can break ... really comes down to how well they are built, the weight they have to carry, i.e., carrying more weight than they are designed for and the type of riding they are exposed to. The Shimano WH-R500 wheels are lower specification wheels and I suspect the Alex ALX-295 are much the same. That said I believe the Shimano wheels ...


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I'm going with the KMC X10 line of chains, in particular, the KMC X10.93 chain, looks like around $25, as my "one chain to drive them all" for my 9 and 10 speed rear derailleur bike collection of Shimano drive train bikes. After it arrives, I'll post an update with the experience-based results on my 9 speed bikes.



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