bolt-ons for a Schwinn Aluminum Comp hardtail
Hey all. I am brand new to this site so i have a few questions:
-Will higher-level (Shimano Deore, etc) parts bolt on to my bike? (i.e. cranks, cassettes, disc brakes?) Right now I have all-original (Shimano Altus) parts besides the crank and front gears (Shimano Acera) which were replaced after an accident.
-This may be a painfully obvious question, but will a moderate gouge in one of the rear arms of the frame make that part of the frame more prone to snapping @ the gouge?
Thanks for any help you can give me!
Deore should be good for it. As long as you have a cartridge bottom bracket, the other parts will be fine. Make sure you know all of your measurements, and to get Deore, you will most likely need a new cassette, and a new hub (Altus is 7 speed). I would recommend a new wheelset, if you're feeling up to it. Remember, XT stuff is hollowtech and you will need a new bottom bracket and shifters and all that. As for the gouge in the frame, you should be alright, as long as it won't rust (its aluminum, so your good). Welcome to the site!
He hit a good point MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE I have bought so many parts that did not fit my bike and had to jump through hoops to work the prob. out. Do this and you should be good.
PS: If you are going this far I would just pick up another bike, BUT if money is tight, and the Schwinn is just for transport you should be good.
Couple of things...
1) I wouldn't just recommend a new rear wheel, you WILL need one.
2) Its a bad idea to spread an aluminum frame to accomodate a 9spd rear wheel
3) Deore is Hollowtech as well
No kidding, Deore is Hollowtech? Anyway, I kinda doubt he would have to cold space the frame, the new wheel would be dished to accomodate. If you are looking at all of these upgrades though, and considering the gouged frame, you might want to consider a new bike. Consult the $500 MTB thread, there are some good deals there. Or, just go for the Trek 4300 or the Hardrock Sport like many new riders seem to.