Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: SoCal Desert Cities
Bikes: GT Timberline (1990?), Trek 1100 (199?), Giant OCR3 (2007)
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I have an older, I think '89 GT Timberline MTB and it's drive train is basically worn out.
I go to the LBS and ask them what I should do.
I can't afford the bike I want right now @ near $900US.
I have another bike, Trek 1100 (Road) but, it doesn't do everything I want to do. I want to be able to go over rougher terrain than it's capable of going on with the 700x25 tires, not a necessity but highly desired. I do have 28's on the way (hope they fit, not much room). Even with the 28's it still won't go all the places I want to go.
So my options are:
1. Do what I can on the road bike and wait for the new bike.
2. Upgrade the components on the MTB. This according to the LBS would cost about $450US.
The guy at the LBS said for around $450 he would upgrade the group set to Shimano Deore LX components, it has Exage LX right now. This would be all the parts that wear out including:
Both Derailers and all cables.
Bottom bracket, 3 chain rings, crank set, 9speed cassette and chain.
Front, rear hubs, 36h rims (complete wheel set).
Replace the front cantilever with a V-Brake.
Shifters, brake levers and all cables.
He will also replace the headset bearings and quill stem with an adjustable quill stem.This price includes all the labor to do this.
I really want to eventually do this to the MTB anyway. This would make everthing new except the frame, fork, handlebars and the rear U-brake. Is this a good price for this goup set installed? Is the frame I have worth it? Am I insane? Am I hooked back into Biking?
I still want to get the new bike eventually also but, I can come up with $450 a lot sooner that I can come up with $900.