I just got a Fuji Absolute 4.0 for the lady and overall, the bike is fits our needs: the adjustable stem has been very useful, it's upright enough, and we're satisfied with the brakes. However, she says that the gears don't shift well. She also doesn't like the grips and the grip shifts, but it just might take some time to get used to. It could be that rear derailleur just needs some fine tuning, but I haven't played with it TOO much yet. I'm thinking that if it's still an issue, here's my upgrade list:
-short grip shift grips to regular grips (any recommendations?)
-grip shift to trigger shift
-tourney RD to deore RD
Here are a couple of questions for you:
-do I need to change the chain as well since the deore is 9 speed? even though we are keeping the cassettes?
-is the trigger shift supposed to be a 7-speed since it's 7 speed cassette? or should it be 9 speed, and ignore 2 of the 7?
-what's the difference in the deore line? there's a price difference for m510 and m591/592. i think i need the sgs since we have the 34T megarange, but thee m510 also says it's highest capacity is 34T.
-Is this a bit ridiculous to mix and match components? I don't get why bike companies have higher components only on more expensive bikes... we don't ride hard at all, i'd just want a bike that shifts on demand without the slightest hesitation and minimal adjustment: the hubs, bb, etc are probably okay not to change.
thanks in advance!