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Old 04-17-12, 07:25 AM   #1
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Need recommendation for parts upgrade

I have 2009 Fuji Crosstown 4.0 bike. I wanted to sell it and buy a better bike but can't find a buyer so I have decided to upgrade it instead. The upgrade path would probably cost more but I do like this bike's geometry so it may be worth to put some money into it. To give you a small overview, I am 6'4", 200lbs and I do only recreational riding on a flat paved surfaces.

Here are the parts that I would like to replace:

1. Wheels definitely need to go. The current one are generic Weinmann alloy wheels that bend too easily.

2. I would also like to replace the rear derailleur as I have the plastic Sunrace RDM4S 7spd there now.

3. Finally, I would like to get better brakes. The current ones are ProMax Forged alloy, linear pull and I just simply do not like this type of brake. If possible, I would like to upgrade to the "inverted" V-shape brake (not sure what's the proper term for those, A-shaped?).

So what are your recommendations? I am not looking to spend a lot of money so looking for good budget buys that will outperform the gear I currently have. I have enough skills to get all the parts replaced myself. I will just get the bike properly tuned after that at the LBS.

Here are full specs on the bike:
2009 Fuji Crosstown 4.0

Thanks.
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Old 04-17-12, 03:55 PM   #2
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I would get a 8-9 speed cassette, a 48/38/28 or better a 52/42/30 crank set, a 3x8-9 speed shifters and thinner tires like 25-28mm.
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I would get a 8-9 speed cassette, a 48/38/28 or better a 52/42/30 crank set, a 3x8-9 speed shifters and thinner tires like 25-28mm.
Thanks for replying but I do not want to change tires and/or add front derailleur. I am happy with tires and rear-only derailleur setup. It is the wheels, brakes and rear derailleur mechanism that I would like to upgrade.
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Old 04-17-12, 08:59 PM   #4
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What you mean by inverted V-brakes? Do you mean cantilever brakes like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cantilever_brake.JPG

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I would get a 8-9 speed cassette, a 48/38/28 or better a 52/42/30 crank set, a 3x8-9 speed shifters and thinner tires like 25-28mm.
That bike doesn't run cassettes though and 8 speed freewheels aren't exactly common. Though if he changes the wheel then that will be easy.
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Old 04-17-12, 09:29 PM   #5
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Yes, that's the cantilever brakes that I was referring to. I would like to keep the rear-only derailleur system if possible. For my type of riding even 3-speed IGH would work. No need to go with 21-speed or more.
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Old 04-17-12, 09:41 PM   #6
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Without doing a lot of searching around, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

If you want to upgrade the rear derailleur, then have a look at a Shimano Tourney RD-rear derailleur it should be compatable with your SRAM MRX Grip shift 7-speed shifters. ($10-$20)

You can check Shimano's site for tech documents to make sure it works with your other components.

Search for Shimano Deore / XT V-brakes (check to see if the design is correct) if you want the complete brake, (~$25 each) if not think about replacing the brake pads. Regardless of which way you decide, you should replace the brake cables.

For your wheels, you need to determine the width of the axles front and rear (likely 100/130 mm ?) then the width of the current wheels ( there may be a sticker on the exterior of the rim with e.g. 622 x 17 )
You want to make sure you can safely remount your 700x35 tires.

Then shop around for a wheel set with Shimano hubs although, I think you will have to add a spacer for your 7spd cassette as I don't think you will find any 7spd hubs (8/9/10spd) are the norm now.

You will need to confirm this.
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Thanks for recommendations Seve. Would the Shimano Acera be better than Tourney? I am asking because I had Acera on my GT bike and liked it. The price difference between the two is not much.

I also have to do more research with the wheels and see if maybe cantilever brakes would fit my bike. Somehow I am not that crazy about the linear pull.
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The acera might be a good choice as well and you could get also get matching Acera V-brakes at at reasonable price.

You can ask your brake conversion - question on the bike mechanics section and I suspect someone would be able to help you out.

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