Curious whether anybody has tried setting up a SRAM X-series 42/28t crankset with an otherwise Campagnolo drivetrain and levers?
I am working on a dirt roadbike project, and the goal is to get looow (as in 1:1) gearing while making it possible to use modern Campagnolo levers. Some folks have been doing this by setting up a Campy drivetrain with an n-29t cassette and then either a TA, Rene Herse or White Industries crankset with the desired chainring combo. I've gone this route (with White Industries) and it works for the most part, but it's finicky. It occurs to me that SRAM mountain doubles offer similar chainring combinations and I wonder whether they might be a more reliable option. Also, the lower end models are quite affordable.
Could this work, or am I not thinking clearly? I know very little about MTB components. Is the Q-factor on these things enormous? Will a SRAM mountain FD work with road shifters? I know someone who uses the XX FD on a roadbike, but not with Campy levers specifically.
Just brainstorming here...