I have a Schwinn Crisscross ATB circa 1992 that has Suntour deraillers, shifters and cassette along with Joytech hubs. Cleaning the hubs revealed severe pitting in the cones and I'm having a hard time finding the correct replacement pieces. In addition the cassete cogs on the smaller gears skip badly and I assume the chain needs replacing as well. I guess I just need to replace the entire drivetrain including the hubs and wheels!? It looks to be getting pricey quickly! Is this the most cost effective option?
If so, is there a guide/tips to replacing a drivetrain, including matching wheels and hubs/freewheel, crank, etc? I'm lost as to finding what hubs work with which cassettes which work with which derailler which work with which shifters etc. By the way the shifters are NOS Suntours - can they be reused? I don't want top shelf components as this bike is meant more as a beater and experimention type thing.