hi i am a total newbie when it comes to mountain biking but i am trying to make my 96 giant boulder more able on the hills and trails. the frame is 4130 chromoly and i am swapping out the wheelset, cassette, and derailleurs to all shimano XT group. down the line is a shimano LX crankset.
my question is how to know what size front derailleur i need? how to tell if it's top/bottom pull/swing? is it easy to install?
i have never really messed with anything tech when it comes to mtn bikes but i am the type who likes to figure out and do things myself. how difficult will installing cassette and derailleurs be? what about the crank and some shifters too?
if all this is beyond my abilities, then how much can i expect to pay at a LBS to get stuff installed onto my bike?
any help is appreciated, thanks:confused:
edit: how good is the 4130 chromoly frame? i know its an entry level bike but as a frame would it perform ok?
im also installing a controltech stem, how easy is it to do this? is everything pretty much self explanatory when i take a look at the parts and try to assemble them to look like how they were on the bike before? or are there tricks to it and its not something i can emulate visually?