I am interested in upgrading from my stock Sora components on my commuter (Trek 1000), mainly because I would like to be able to shift while I am in the dropped position…and I would like better brakes. Money is a concern especially since I am guessing that I will need to upgrade to a 9sp, so that would add a front crank, rear hub….ect. And I don’t really want to invest more than what my 2003 Trek 1000 is worth.
Is there a viable 8sp upgrade for shifter/brake lever & brakes? Or would I have to do the 9 sp upgrade? I am only familiar with Shimano, so I don’t know what the other companies offer.