I have a Genesis Day 1 2006 hybrid. I use it for 30km a day commute, on paved roads mostly (but icy/snowy hence 'gravel-ly' in -0C winter)
Shifters: Shimano STR224 and STR220R.
FD: Shimano LX Deore.
RD: Shimano Sora.
Front crankset: Shimano SG A-52. (3 speed. 52-42-30).
Rear: 8 speed. 26-12.
The deraileurs are 6-7yrs old and ihave maintained well tbh. Shiftin is not the smoothest, and recently adjusting the indexing of the RD was pain because all the screws, adjusters and deraileur were so stiff and dirty. In case I wanted to upgrade my setup (esp.the RD), what would be compatible and best upgrade?
I like to keep my hybrid 'roady' but am scared of buying road bike derailleurs because when I changed the factory FD for the LX Deore (6yrs ago), I remember the bike shop guy saying that the deore was the only RD that he had that would fit...an even then, on some gear combinations the front derailleur is proper touching the chain.