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    Quote Originally Posted by ChowChow View Post
    More of an upgrade than a fix.
    In that case, depending on what parts you have currently and what you want to swap to, you may need to replace very little. Going from 6 to 7 sprockets at the rear, for example, requires only a new freewheel (the wheel may need to be redished) and rear shifter. Everything else will still work fine, though it may be a good idea to replace the chain at the same time. Derailleurs generally don't care about the number of sprockets, as long as the shifter is correct- it's the shifter that really drives the gear shifting. What's currently on the bike, and what are your upgrade plans?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monster Pete View Post
    In that case, depending on what parts you have currently and what you want to swap to, you may need to replace very little. Going from 6 to 7 sprockets at the rear, for example, requires only a new freewheel (the wheel may need to be redished) and rear shifter. Everything else will still work fine, though it may be a good idea to replace the chain at the same time. Derailleurs generally don't care about the number of sprockets, as long as the shifter is correct- it's the shifter that really drives the gear shifting. What's currently on the bike, and what are your upgrade plans?
    The bike currently has Shimano SIS for it's components. I wanted to upgrade to Shimano Deore or SRAM X7 components.

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    If I was to do and upgrade. What set of components would be best? I was looking at Shimano Deore vs Sram X7. Both sets are around the same price. Sram X7 is on sale. Heard that Sram X7 is of better performance, but lacks in quality. Read a lot of bad reviews about Sram X7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChowChow View Post
    If I was to do and upgrade. What set of components would be best? I was looking at Shimano Deore vs Sram X7. Both sets are around the same price. Sram X7 is on sale. Heard that Sram X7 is of better performance, but lacks in quality. Read a lot of bad reviews about Sram X7.
    If you to go on a tour, then maybe you'd want Shimano parts because they're generally more available. I can't comment on Sram quality but I know some people have standards way higher I think than the average person. I mean if someone says they're only satisfied with Deore LX and can't stand Acera when some people are content with Acera, it depends on how you look at it.

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    I just got done spending $240 on a $350 Trek 7000. I kept thinking I could have gotten a whole new bike for not much more. But I got a stronger rear wheel and went from a freewheel to a cassette in the process. I figured I still saved money and ended up with a better bike than I would have gotten buying a replacement.
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    I don't think you'll notice enough of a difference to justify the 'upgrade.' Better components really seem to be a few grams lighter and considerably more expensive. I've never had shifting problems with cheap derailleurs if set up properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monster Pete View Post
    I don't think you'll notice enough of a difference to justify the 'upgrade.' Better components really seem to be a few grams lighter and considerably more expensive. I've never had shifting problems with cheap derailleurs if set up properly.
    So from switching from Shimano SIS components with 6 speed to Shimano Deore components with 9 speed, I won't really feel a big difference? I just want to have a smoother shift and more speed.

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    You'll notice a difference between having 6 and 9-speed, but I doubt it will be significantly smoother. In my experience, cheap derailleurs shift just fine. More speed generally comes from a more powerful engine, not necessarily more and more gears- though they can help by allowing you to pedal in a narrower 'powerband'. If you're running out of high gears, changing the overall range of gears will help, which is best accomplished by larger front chainrings.
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