Mountain Biking - upgrade question (n00b to the board)
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I serched around for awhile but didn't see this.
I am looking to upgrade my old 1993 Supergo Access ALU R/S hardtail.
Currently, it has 7 sp Deore thumbshifters. I'd like to step up to 9 speed (The hub will squeeze in--I've checked) but I'm wondering if newer Deore LX trigger shifters will be compatible w/ my old (93 spec) XT front derailleur and LX rear derailleur.
I've already upgraded to Deore V-Brakes, and new wheels, cassette, chain and chainrings will follow soon along w/ the shifters.
07-25-05, 10:10 PM
Why upgrade? Is there something wrong with the shifting????
I may be a bit of a curmudgeon (sp?) but I HATE 9 speed stuff. 7 speed worked great, was reliable, precise (upper level stuff) and durable. 8 speed was an improvement by a very slight margin. 9 speed is the work of the devil. Can I get an AHMEN BROTHER???!!!!!!
Seriously, upgrading isn't worth the cost and the aggrivation for such an old bike. Save your money and buy a complete new bike for the money you'll spend on upgrading.
I've gotten this before and here's my logic--
The drivetrain is pretty worn right now. Everything but the shift levers is pretty much toast from years of abuse. I built it back in my college days, so corners were cut on the hubs, which were re-used shimano exage on a front Sun Chinook and a rear MAvic something-or-other, all of which are pretty much spent.
The bike cost me around a grand to build back in the day, and that's about what I'd spend on a new one. My wife wouldn't be too happy with that (and I don't feel like dropping that much myself).
I would consider running the thumbshifters with an 8-speed setup, since I've heard that's possible.
I like the frame and the overall performance of the bike, and I fugure I can transfer the new parts to a new frame if I decide to get a new frame down the road.
Thus, I want to replace the drivetrain. Even if I save $500, it's worth it to me.
So that said, I'm still unsure of new shifter/old derailleur compatibility.
07-25-05, 10:50 PM
Well, then stick with your plan. You seem to know a bit about bikes and what it takes to put them together.
If you decide to go with 9 speed. You will need a new rear hub, new cassette, new chain. New front derailleu, new cranks (well, new chainrings anyway), and not to mention new shifters. Your old derailleur may work, but with what you're going to spend might as well buy a new one of those too!
How's your fork?
07-25-05, 10:54 PM
For close to what you'll spend buying aftermarket components and a new fork!
Yeah, putting it together isn't an issue. I'm a bike tech at a sporting goods store (Decathlon) so I essentially get paid to work on my bike on the rare occasion that I have some down time in the shop. Since I was out of riding for about 8 years, I'm not very good w/ what's compatible w/ what.
As for the fork--HA!!! It's a 93-spec RST 200 steel spring/oil setup. 1" head. It's dead reliable, but it only has about 1" of travel. For the XC riding I do, it's actually plenty, though. I'm not too caught up in the whole "you need 5" of travel or you aren't a man" pissing contest. It gets me down some nasty descents.
My current derailleurs are still in beautiful shape, so if I can save the $100 by not replacing them, then I won't. (Again, I'm on a tight budget, but the bike needs help). As long as there are no pull ratio issues, then I'm fine with keeping the old units. I actually LIKE the oldschool stuff.
Thanks for your input.
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