Took my beater out for a ride today, and can I can wow, does a rigid bike ever beat you up after riding full suspension!!
Anyways, my friend recently sold me a set of brake levers, and old 7spd shifters (STX-RC) for my beater, and I haven't ridden my beater since the upgrade. After my first ride today, I found out the rear shifter's engagement teeth are all WORN out! Most of the time when I push on the lower trigger, the thumb piece moves all the way into its travel without shifting a gear. It also feels very "loose", so I think the gears inside are worn out. This friend has helped me, and will still help me to do a LOT Of work on my bike, so I will not aruge with him over such a small fuss. He installed them and only charged me $50 CDN for the levers and shifters anyways.
It is difficult to find a nice 7 speed shifter now days, so I may just change this into a 9spd bike. Yesterday, I was comtemplating of getting a set of XTR flippy levers and shifters, along with a rapid-rise rear derailleur. Now it seems like a very viable option because if I do not like the flippy shifters on my Instinct, I can just move them onto my beater. The beater will mostly be used for road use, so I dont see any harm of going to flippers. I found a combo deal on a set of SRAM X9 triggers and rear derailleur for $99 US. The XTRs will probably go around the same price, maybe up to $20 dollars more, and they are slightly used.
Which route would you go with, and why?