First off, big bummer for '07 Hardrock Sport owners. It seems that the stock crankset will only bolt up to one (ONE) bottom bracket, made by TruVativ, and comes stock in our bikes. This BB is also notorious for having.. "issues" after several hundred miles. See the reviews at MTBr:
Hint: they aren't good
That's a bummer. So I'm faced with either biting the bullet and getting another BB that will last me maybe another 500 miles (around the point where my current one started getting noisy/grindy) or to get a new crank AND bb. I'm going for the latter option, but need opinons on one that will definitely be a tank.
If you don't know me, I'm a big guy. I ride my Hardrock.. well.. HARD. My initial thought is to go with a Shimano LX crankset with a XT BB. I've heard that combo is pretty tough, but lacking the lightness of XT or XTR. Am I on the right track?
Second bummer, my Acera rear der is squeaky. I've tried oiling to no avail, I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it's shot.. abuse again . Same thing, I'm looking at a LX rear der, and replacing the front with a LX while I'm at it (they're only $18 ).
Now the chain, bummer three, is pretty sloppy after nearly 1,000 miles. I seem to kill them all around that point, so no biggie. Same thing.. should I get the XT 8-speed chain, or is the LX chain fine? I'd like to get more than 1,000 out of a chain, so I'm willing to spend some extra bucks for that. And should I really swap out the cassette when I upgrade the chain? The cassette looks pretty good on a closer inspection after cleaning, so I'd like to get another 1,000 or so out of it.
Finally, tires. I've heard raves about WTB NanoRaptors, but they only hold 65 psi. My current tires run at 80, and that almost seems to low. I'd like to keep knobbies on there so I don't have to swap tires every time I go into the dirt, any suggestions? I roll on hardpack and gravel when offroad, with occasional grass.
Thanks in advance!