In the fall I intend to replace many of my existing parts to prepare for next year. I have a question about some key areas.
1 - Should I switch to sram for a drive train. I need to replace my rear der, cassette and probably my chainring. Is Sram better. Any experiences would be helpful.
2 - what do the numbers mean when discussing cassetts and chain rings. I am not sure which ones to get and would like to be a bit more educated before I buy. I assume the numbers refer to the number of teeth / size of ring. But how does this relate to cycling. I assume a white paper exists that might explain this.
3 - If I should stick with shimano (or if not) what chains work with which drive trains. I want a good chain to say the least.
All this said about drive train. I torque HARD on my bike and have a lot of power in my legs. I also live in an area where pedal kicking and power strokes are required to stay on the bike. Does this make a difference?
4 - Recommendation for seat posts and handlebars. Currently I am looking at Titec Hellbent DH handlebars and Titec Hellbent seatpost. These are expensive. I will pay for them but if any other recommendations exist I would love to hear them.
5 - for pure comfort now. A saddle. I do xc, technical and freeriding. Just curious to what others say.
Keep in mind I am a Clydesdale rider. (I do love that term)