Mountain Biking - New drive train
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12-19-04, 05:01 AM
Well, since the X-mas shopping is over with(finally), I'm lookin' at replacing the cranks/chainrings(prolly BB, too), chain, and cassette on my SuperV. The bike came with a Coda one-piece right-hand crank/chainrings so I can't replace just the chainrings. BB now is the solid, square spindle-type(<think my terminology's off a bit there) and I figured a splined spindle would be nice to have. One less thing to worry about, I guess.
I was thinking of going with LX components since I don't ride it nearly as much as my hardtail. I am pretty rough on it when I do ride it, tho. So durability is more important than weight. The current LX seems to be equivalent or pretty close to my old XTR on my hardtail. I have Sachs chains now and have been very happy with them, but I'm open to suggestions on them, too. Finally, I'm lookin' to spend US$250 or less, if possible. Any input would be appreciated. TIA.
12-19-04, 06:06 AM
you want to spend $250 or less on cranks, bb, chain and cassette in total? Assuming this, here's what I'd go with (all prices from jensonusa.com)
Truvativ Stylo SL Crankset (http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=CR702A01): $89.99
Race Face Evolve XC BB (http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=BB708C01): $40.00
SRAM Powerglide PG-990 11-32t Cassette (http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=CS708B13): $33 ($35 for 11-34)
SRAM PC-99 9sp chain (http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=CH707B00): $25 ($27 for hollow pin)
Total for all this stuff? $189.99, not much more than a new LX crank. Great deal if you ask me! Throw in a new XT rear mech for $50, if you wish.
12-19-04, 06:28 AM
Sweet! Thanks a lot for the reply. I really don't mind doing the research/pricing(I'm not that lazy)--I just wanted some names thrown out there for my consideration. Having said that, I really like that crankset and I was thinkin' it would be nice to have somethin' a bit more trick than LX anyway. Never been a big fan of SRAM, but that's only due to 1st generation Gripshift(me no like). I'd be willing to give them a try now, I guess. Also, I was planning on sticking with an 8 spd cassette cuz #1)that's what I've got and #2)I'm not up on the new-fangled 9 spd stuff. For instance, would I need a new rear der or is my old(got it in the mid/late 90's) XT okay?
12-19-04, 07:18 AM
most 8-9spd stuff is compatible, I always thought... don't quote me on that, but still... stay 8 speed if you choose. You'd need new shifters at the very minimum to upgrade to 9spd. The newer SRAM stuff is wonderful. I've toyed with the X-9 stuff and it shifts like absolute butter. The crankset I linked you to is an absolute steal for sure. Plus it's ISIS splined so you'll have a rather large choice in BB's & cranks. Shimano uses Octalink and while most BB's are available in that format, you'll probably find more ISIS stuff. Plus it's being championed by various companies (Chris King was in on the original design if I remember correctly) as more of an "open" standard than Octalink. Reminds me of the Windows/Linux debate. As far as the chain goes, stick with SRAM or wipperman. Both use a "powerlink" of sorts that allows quick and painless chain removal in a pinch. Some people like the wipperman chains better, others prefer the SRAM. Generally everyone seems to prefer the SRAMs or wippermans over the Shimanos.
Here's the 8-spd sram cassette... only $22, good deal if you ask me.. http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product.aspx?i=CS708B16
and here's the chain to go with it
12-19-04, 08:11 AM
Well i know i didnt pay more than 250 for my drivetrain package
Truvativ Stylo Team i got on ebay for 95.99 but on jenson i think its 110
PC69 15 dollars
Token ti ISIS BB 65
And PG-770 for 30 some odd dollars.
Pretty happy, im more of an XC rider so i try to get reasonably light components as opposed to bomb proof stuff since i willl never have use for it so keep that in mind. There isnt much information on the Token BB out there, i happened to know a person who used the same one as i have now and he said hes happy with it so that was the deciding factor, it probably compares to the FSA platinum TI or whatever thats called, check ebayt i think ones on now.
12-20-04, 08:12 AM
Thanks for the leads, guys. Think I'll check in with my LBS just to see what they've got, esp. Shimano alternatives. ISIS sounds like the way to go for me. Prolly wind up with a Truvativ set--I really like their looks(and price).
12-20-04, 09:27 AM
Where does the Stylo fit in the Tru Vativ line up?
Just After FiveD or a while after?
12-20-04, 09:44 AM
I believe Stylo team is top of the line on the off raod stuff, fived is lower end. Yea if you go the XC part of their site its "L1". Im quite happy with my Stylo team.
12-20-04, 07:06 PM
There isn't much diff between the SL and the team from what I can tell. The SL seems a bit lighter. I'd just go with whichever one you can get cheaper, to be honest.
12-20-04, 08:01 PM
I know i cant see any difference between Team and SL. Team is slightly lighter, maybe its the self extracting bolts i dont know. ALl i know is i got it for 95 dollars and that sounded like a decent deal to me, considering its 110 @ jensonusa on sale
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