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secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,904
Can I use a Shimano MTB rear mech (10 speed) with road Shimano brifters?
Also, cantis or v-brakes for a CX build?

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  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,120
    edited May 2021
    I believe the MTB and Road brifters/ derailleurs use different cable pull ratios, so no, I don’t think you can. I personally would use disc brakes for a CX build.

    However, I believe Di2 components are compatible. https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/e-tube/project/compatibility.html#guide_list
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 25,292 Lives Here
    You can run the shifters with an MTB mech if you use one of these
    https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/cables/jtek-shiftmate-6/
    Never used one myself but I believe they work. Regarding the brakes, mini-Vs are your best bet. Road brifters don't pull enough cable for proper V brakes.
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,904

    I believe the MTB and Road brifters/ derailleurs use different cable pull ratios, so no, I don’t think you can. I personally would use disc brakes for a CX build.

    Thanks.
    I've just bought a cheap CX frame with canti mounts, it'll be a project / fun / hack bike, so not spending real money. But yes, I prefer discs!

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,480
    Go with the cantis and have fun, we managed for years with them.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 25,292 Lives Here
    It'll be fun whatever, I must confess I found the canti's on my old bike dire if the rim was dirty. I got some used mini Vs to try, but never got round to fitting them. Think they might be in my spares box if you're interested Sam.
    JBA is selling some used MTB 10 speed stuff on here I see.
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,904
    Happy to recycle, drop me a PM. TIA.

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  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,904
    oxoman said:

    Go with the cantis and have fun, we managed for years with them.

    Having had side pulls on steel rims on my first bike, anything beats that!

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,904
    New Question! I had a mad thought whilst perusing Shimano compatibility charts: I have some nearly new DA down tube shifters that I could use on my turbo bike, but they are nine speed*. Could I use them on a 10-speed set up, but just 'lose' a gear? I don't use the smallest sprocket much on the turbo, so that would be no great loss. I could then use the (perfectly functioning) STIs on the CX bike.

    *I won't mention that I just sold a brand new 9-speed chain and cassette as part of a shed clearout...

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  • Munsford0Munsford0 Posts: 120
    If they only work in indexed mode, probably not. If they have an old school friction mode then you can probably use all 10 gears
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 25,292 Lives Here
    That's a good point, my son's road bike has 9 speed DA downtube shifters and they can be switched between indexed and friction I believe.
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