Anyone have advice for a novice MTB rider looking to upgrade some parts?
I have a 2001 Giant Rincon with a 7spd drivetrain. I want to uppgrade it a bit to a 8-9 spd but don;t know if that is possible. I have minimal knowledge of major components but I can perform many smaller maintenance projects. My rear hub has a spoke protector so it look slike there is room for more rings but I don't know for sure. Is changing the rear cassette a hard thing to do and how do I know if I can even change from 7 spd to 8 or 9? How does this effect my derailleurs?
I also want to put new cranks but I don't know if I should... My BB is square taper but all the new stuff is "splined". Are cranks designed for specific speed drivetrains or can I use any MTB crank?
Anyone have advise?