Upgrading hybrid crankset
Hi. Brand new and first post.
I picked up cheap a spankin' mint 2006 Schwinn Super Sport GS - basically a flat bar road bike. Possibly the nicest bike I've ridden and I've ridden dozens and dozens. I also work on all my own bikes and other's bikes as well and am pretty good. But all this 5,6,7,8,9,10,11 speed stuff along with double, triple, compact double front, Shimano/SRAM etc., is hard to keep up with sometimes. The specs for the bike are here http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...t+GS&Type=bike
. The only difference is the original FD is a Deore for some reason and the tires are 700x23 and in great shape.
Crankset is a 4 bolt 48/36/26 with 11-32 9 speed. I cannot see myself ever using the small ring especially the 26/32 or 26/28 combos (no off-road) although the 48/11 should be plenty for rec riding. I'd like to upgrade the rings to a 52/42/30, and/or maybe a road cassette like 12-26 - closer to my previous Trek road bike. I feel like I'm wasting a lot of gearing potential since it has 27 combos. Take away extreme cross gears, redundant gears, and ones I won't use even on the middle ring and I have about 10.
Can I slap on a road triple or do I then need a new FD, then new shifters? I'm almost thinking of buying road drops and a whole road groupo and I'd have a nice roadie pretty cheap. But will it fit right?