Upgrading Drivetrain

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  1. zolik

    zolik New Member

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    Hi All,

    I require some information, Im thinking of upgrading my Drive train. Im not a hardcore racer, more of a weekend worrior that likes to spend his time on the singletrack on the weekend and go for a good ride during the workin week. I currently have a Scott Reflex 50 with some clipless shimano pedals and a upgraded ritchey carbon Rizer bar and stem.
    Id like to upgade my drive train to about the Deore mark however would probably do this slowly as I have many debts to pay off and cant afford to much all at once.
    Currently the Drivetrain consists of Acera and Altus Components [​IMG] The main question is can I use a deore rear derailure on a 8 speed cassette and shifter? Or should I upgrade the cassette and rear deraillure at the same time and then the shifter and crank/front deraillure later [​IMG]

    I would like some feedback on the best, most affordable way to upgrade without having to buy all the components first

    Thanks
     
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  2. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    Buy all except the 9 speed Cassette and Shifters first, all the rest are ok for 8 or 9 speed.
     
  3. zolik

    zolik New Member

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    Thanks for the quick responce gclark8 and will do [​IMG]
    Ohh and btw if I wanted to save a couple extra $$ will a Alivio Crank and front deraillure be okay to run with the other deore components? or do I need to use 9speed compatible components? Im not sure if this matters? [​IMG]
     
  4. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    Good idea to match the Crankset and Chain, 8/8 or 9/9,
    as for the FD, the big ring size, 48 or 42 tooth is the thing here, it you need to change the size, then go Deore.
     
  5. artemidorus

    artemidorus New Member

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    I run a 9spd chain with a 7spd crankset, with no problems. Try the 9spd chain on your old crankset first - then change the crankset if you're sure that you're not happy with it.
     
  6. zolik

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    Thanks for the replys. I think I will get Front and rear deraillure, Chain and Crankset first. Then upgrade the Shifters and Cassette after I have some more $$$.

    Also in regards to the Bottom Bracket, will this also need to be upgraded to suite the crankset? or can I use the one I currently have (Shimano BB-TY-30 Cartridge Type)? Sorry for all the questions :)
     
  7. gclark8

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    As for BB, it all depends on the crankset you pick. It may suit, it may need to be replaced.

    Why spend so much just for 1 more gear? What do you use the bike for?
     
  8. artemidorus

    artemidorus New Member

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    I agree - is it all worth it? Why not upgrade something when you wear it out or break it, rather than arbitrarily? For example, I notice no difference between a Deore LX/Deore DX/Ultegra mix on one bike, and a Deore XT/ XTR mix on another bike.
     
  9. zolik

    zolik New Member

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    I suppose I wasnt thinking so much the extra gear but quality of the Product.
    I do mainly XC riding, the bike does see road occasionally as I ride down to a trail on the weekdays as opposed to driving out to a trail somehwere on weekends.

    also availability of the product, seems deore is more availble then say Alivio products. Im not happy with the quality that I have at the moment. The gear shifts are slow and awkward, my crankset seems to look a bit dodge too, teeth look to be grinding away!!?
     
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