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Old 05-15-13, 08:12 PM   #1
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2008 Bianchi Monza, upgrade components

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I bought my father a Bianchi Monza a few years back that was flooded in Hurricane Sandy. My bike appears to be seized up and beyond repair, but his I got disassembled and cleaned. I now want to upgrade the components for him since nearly everything needs to be replaced. This is the bike: http://www.bianchiusa.com/archives/2...rain/08-monza/

Unfortunately, Bianchi used a hodgepodge of crummy components on this bike. I don't know what will fit. I like the Sram X5 setup I have on my Giant Revel 29er, and I found a bunch of the components cheap on ebay. Will that work well with the bike? Perhaps other recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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The thing to keep in mind with SRAM and Shimano is that they have a different cable actuation,so you must match the shifters to the derailleurs. If you use SRAM derailleurs,you can only use SRAM shifters. If you use Shimano derailleurs,use have to use compatible shifters;Shimano,SRAM,and SunRace all make shifters that will work. If you plan to use all SRAM parts,you'll be fine. As for cranks,cassettes,and chains,they can all be mixed(only Campagnolo is unique). Also,you'll want your gearing to be street;48/38/28 or similar for the front rings,with whatever range cassette you want out back(your Revel is prolly a MTB 44/32/22 to close to it).
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You've probably done this already, but its worth saying anyway - do the math. If you're replacing almost everything except the frame, it may be cheaper to buy a new bike.
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Thanks for the responses. Dyna- I think the entire group will need to be swapped, so that isn't a problem. I will keep in mind the gearing though, that is something I didn't really think about. He doesn't need super low gearing since he mostly rides on flat roads near the shore.

Tread- I wanted him to, especially since I think he wants something lighter and more aggressive, but this was a father's day gift from me a while back, and he really wants to keep it. I don't mind paying a couple hundred bucks in components to make him happy.

I think I'm going to start sourcing Sram X5 components. I can't see any reason why it won't fit, and there seems to be a ton of parts for sale on ebay and amazon for reasonable cost. Thanks again.
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