Max front mech capacity and mtb/road compatibility

ishaw

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I'm either going to build a gravel bike or upgrade my folding bike (airnimal joey). The latter is wearing 10x1 xtr m980 but toying with going 2x. The front ring is pretty large for todays standards, wondering if I can use a direct mount m98x front mech or will this idea fall at the first hurdle due to front mech capacity/design? I have the front shifter and would like to keep it matching shifter wise. Will a road front mech work with the m980 shifter pull?

If this won't work, I guess I'd have the same challenge using the kit on a gravel bike unless I can find out what mtb mechs are compatible with road shifters and if this will work or a bit of a bodge?
 
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