Okay - I've just gone from 8spd to 9spd to take advantage of the new SRAM Attack Trigger shifters. I was already running an 03 LX rear mech, so I changed the chain and cassette and shifters. Under heavy power I'm getting some chain slippage which I'm fairly sure is down to the chainset (Nexave 8spd) - probably partly wear (2000+ miles) and the fact the rings are designed for 8spd chains - Any other suggestions as to cause welcomed!
So I'm assuming an urgent Chainset is needed (riveted rings so the whole lot) . I'm currently running a standard pattern and ride 80% road, cassette is 11-32. I never used the top gear but occasionally used the next one down without spinning out. If I drop the 48 down to the compact 44 will I be in danger of running out of gears? Am I right in assuming 44 is the biggest you can go with compact?
The problem is standard pattern seems to end at Deore until you reach XTR (out of my league). I was looking at LX/XT but LX is compact only as is the fortcoming XT. Am I likely to be okay on compact or should I stick to Deore? Any alternatives?