Converting your CX bike to a single ring setup
If like me you like things to look right you could keep the left shifter and use a short length of brake cable trapped between the body and the clamp to keep the lever. still and tight. Other wise pic the ring that has the best chain line and use that position with the ring size of your choice.Posted 4 years ago
You can fuss about all sorts of other bits but if things are set up properly they are not needed.Trailrider JimSubscriber
What do you do with the left integrated shifter/brake lever – just disconnect the cable and leave it as is? Also, do you fit a longer length MTB rear mech to cope with a wider cassette block, or do you not bother with a wider cassette? Would like a single ring setup for road and off-road general use.Posted 4 years agooliverracingSubscriber
I was running an ultegra mech with a short cage and an 11-32 – the amount of chain tension was no issue, but the issue was the clearance of the jockey wheel to the biggest ring – now I’m running a 9 speed XT shadow mech – works a treat as lower profile, tougher and work great with 9/10 speed road kit!Posted 4 years agopixelmixMember
I’m now running a SRAM brake lever on the left, and Shimano 105 on the right. Originaly had a SRAM Rival STI shifter but ditched that after it broke.
The alloy SRAM brake levers are good if you need a new brake lever anyway – light and simple. Don’t bother with the carbon as the weight saving is very minimal. But yes, to save cash you could just use the original LH lever (gut it if you want).
If you want a wider cassette (I run 11-32 normally) you can get a 105 mech with a slightly larger range to cope with that. 5701-A I think.
Personally I would avoid MTB mechs as you would need an in line cable adjuster to adjust for cable slack (whereas road mechs have those built in obviously).Posted 4 years agopixelmixMember
I’ve got a lightweight bash ring and an n-gear jump stop with no issues here. Can’t recall ever dropping a chain in a race. Worth getting some sort of retention protection for when you are chucking the bike down over hurdles. Raced like this for a couple of years.
If I was starting from scratch now I might look at thick/thin chainrings.Posted 4 years ago
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