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How to repeat the success of Salsa Marakesh when mixing MTB and road components?

I sell that bike at work. The road/mountain FD mismatch functions very badly. We've had to replace the front derailleurs with road models. The total throw of a road shifter isn't enough for it to ...
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Can my fork support disc brakes?

In order to fit a disc brake, you need a compatible fork and a compatible wheel, plus a compatible brake lever. Your fork does have a disc brake mounting already designed in, it is an International ...
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What is a safe weight for front rack + luggage for a steel race bike fork?

An axle-mounted rack on a steel fork will handle a tremendous amount of weight. For example, Old Man Mountain's Divide rack is rated for 32 kg when mounted on the wheel axle even when mounted on a ...
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Increasing a 32T chainring to a 36T - will it fit?

Quoting this website from Specialized: All models use a 12 speed drivetrain with a single front chainring. 32t minimum and 34t maximum (with chainguide) or 36t maximum (without chainguide) You've ...
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Can I put 28" tires on 27,5" wheel?

The bead/rim diameter difference between the two sizes is 38mm (622mm - 584mm) or 1 1/2in. So no, there is no way to even fit a 28" tire on a 27.5" rim, as the bead diameter of a 28" ...
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105 Shimano 10 speed shifters - compatibility with 11 speed rear derailleur

This is to do with the different pull ratios employed by the different systems. In your case 10 vs 11 speed Shimano. http://blog.artscyclery.com/science-behind-the-magic/science-behind-the-magic-...
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105 R7000 front derailleur with 105 5800 crankset

Shimano lists the FD-R7000 front derailleur as compatible with the FC-5800 crankset in their products compatibility information, but the R7000 crankset wont be compatible with the old derailleur.
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How to interpret Shimano compatibility chart?

Why are Boxes 3, 4, and 5 separate if they're all compatible with Box 1? Boxes 3, 4, and 5 are separate because they are groupings of different types of brake calipers/types. They are separated for ...
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Experiential difference between road and gravel bikes?

How close? This really comes down to what each manufacturer offers. Some will make their gravel frames/forks different than their road offerings to give better performance and rider experience in ...
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

They're for full fenders. Many disc road and fitness/urban/hybrid bikes now have them here in order to completely avoid strut interference with the brake. To install the fenders neatly I've been ...
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Fitting a 9-speed 11-50T cassette on MTB: which derailleur?

https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/alivio-m4000/RD-M4000.html says that derailleur will handle Low sprocket_Max. 36T Low sprocket_Min. 32T ANSWER: You cannot run a 50 tooth cog ...
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Is it possible and safe to attach this type of seat to suspension seatpost?

Looks like the new one has the same kind of saddle rails so you can remove the attachment from it and try the bare saddle rails in the suspension seatpost. It should work! Undo the two big black nuts ...
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Are 52/34 chainrings compatible with an 11/32 11speed cassette

The combination of rings and sprockets you can use depends on the specs of the derailleurs, specifically the total capacity of both the front and rear derailleurs and the max sprocket size of the rear ...
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How to lower gearing on Tiagra 4700

Shimano's most recent compatibility chart is available here. Note that these are official compatibility ratings. It is fine to exceed official specs by a bit. At the rear, you can get a 10s Tiagra ...
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Can I update a decade-old mountain bike to modern standards?

A large 11-speed cassette with 26" rear wheel is tricky. The derailleur arm is very long in comparison to the wheel and the ground clearance is quite poor. But a good news is that usual hubs are ...
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Can I update a decade-old mountain bike to modern standards?

Despite the massive moves and designed obsolesce, with marketing and social media driving all the hype over the latest and greatest next best thing, the parts to maintain the bike are readily ...
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What is a safe weight for front rack + luggage for a steel race bike fork?

Another consideration is handling - adding weight around a fork/bars negatively impacts how fast you can turn the bars, and can also vary the effects of rake and trail altering the effective geometry. ...
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What is linkglide/cues and how do they differ from existing standards?

This answer is based on the documentation published here, from which the picture is taken. LinkGlide/CUES LinkGlide is technically a new tooth profile and sets the principles described below. There ...
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Choosing a rear derailleur for 11-42t cassette on a SRAM 10-speed 1x system

One confusing thing here is that SRAM themselves, that I know of at least, have never made or warranted a 10 speed 11-42 1x setup. So you're not going to hear from them or their product documentation ...
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

Tommaso here. We put them on the fork so riders can install fenders for off road and other adverse weather situations. Hope you enjoy the new Sterrata!
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Using 9 speed bar end shifters in friction mode with 10 speed derailleurs and cassette

Beyond the question of finickiness of actually using the system with higher cog counts, it's a matter of whether there's enough total cable pull from the shifter in friction mode to cover the range of ...
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Are disc brake rotors interchangeable between brands?

tldr: be sure new rotor works with metal pads or get a set of resin pads. Generally, disk brake rotors of same diameter are thought of as cross-compatible, but there are some edge cases when this ...
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Can we use a 9 speed rear derailleur on a 8 speed bike?

With Shimano 8 and 9 speed systems you can interchange derailleurs as they use the same actuation or pull ratio (the ratio of length of cable pulled to lateral derailleur cage movement). The number of ...
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Ultegra R8000 rim brake compatible with Zipp 303 Firecrest?

For a wheel to be compatible, it needs to respect three criteria: Rim width (maximum width allowed is affected by brake shoes) Tire thickness Tire outer diameter For the BR-R8000 with carbon wheels, ...
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Does a 3x to 1x conversion make sense for this bike?

Cost wise it is probably not a great investment to change the front of the drive train. At some point it becomes a better value proposition to sell the bike and use those funds, plus what it would ...
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Anyone know what a replacement Disc pads might be for Tektro HD-R290?

Tektro has on their website a Brake pad finder tool. Entering your brake model number offers several compatible brake pad models. There are options for both resin/semi-metallic and metallic ...
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Upgrade drivetrain to allow faster top speed

Your math and the reasoning are correct. The main issue in your problem is to find a compatible crankset. The points to consider: the bottom bracket width, the kind of bottom bracket that you have and ...
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Is a rear wheel with a Shimano 105 hub compatible with a 8 speed cassette?

Yes, but unless it's an older 105 wheel (FH-5700 or earlier, but not FH-5800, FH-R7000, or later), it will be an 11-speed freehub, and so running it with an 8-speed cassette requires a 1.85mm spacer. ...
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Crankset cassette compatilibility

There are two flavours of FC-RX600, namely FC-RX600-10 and FC-RX600-11. You want the 10 speed one for a 10-speed drivetrain. The cassette does not matter, the chainrings and the front derailleur only ...
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Why do the ISO/ETRTO numbers not match the English measure on my Tires?

The 44-507 and 47-507 are "ISO/ETRTO" tire sizes. The 44 and 47 are widths in millimeters, and the 507 just relates to the 24 inch diameter. So the 44 "should" be a little ...
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