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    You may very well need new chainrings. You don't...

    You may very well need new chainrings. You don't need to replace the crankset.
  2. It would probably work OK, but the cage is a...

    It would probably work OK, but the cage is a little thinner for the thinner chain, so I wouldn't necessarily expect it to shift better, and it may be more prone to rubbing in extreme gear...
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    I've used black Gorilla Tape and strapping tape...

    I've used black Gorilla Tape and strapping tape as rim strips (both tubeless and with a tube) to good success. Stans is nice and light.
  4. Upgrading for the sake of upgrading is usually a...

    Upgrading for the sake of upgrading is usually a waste of money. If you want a better bike, it is usually better to pay more upfront.

    As for brakes, you don't give enough information about what...
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    I'm pretty sure he's asking if the wider rims...

    I'm pretty sure he's asking if the wider rims will expand the profile of his tires enough that frame/fork clearance becomes a problem.

    I'm not sure exactly how much going to the wider rims will...
  6. Honestly, it looks and sounds pretty cheap....

    Honestly, it looks and sounds pretty cheap. Perhaps the solution is replacement. Also, you'd more easily make sense if you used periods and capitalization to delineate sentences. I don't have a clear...
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    1. Seems the 8 speed rear hub will NOT take an...

    1. Seems the 8 speed rear hub will NOT take an 11-speed cassette, correct?
    No, it will take up to 10 speed.
    2. I'm assuming a modern 130mm rear hub with an 11-speed cassette will work fine.
    Yes,...
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    I think it's largely a cost control issue. Also,...

    I think it's largely a cost control issue. Also, the greater spoke windup of double butted spokes makes assembly a little harder, particularly for robotic wheel building machines. Double butted...
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    The other thing to check would be uneven friction...

    The other thing to check would be uneven friction between the two brake arms. I'd lubricate all pivot points on both arms and see if that helps the arms return evenly, and possibly disassemble,...
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    If the only task that frequently requires...

    If the only task that frequently requires accurate torque limiting is tightening clamp bolts at the seatpost, stem, and handlebars, I'd check to see if they require similar torque values (maybe 1nm...
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    Gosh, I've never done so. I usually have squeezed...

    Gosh, I've never done so. I usually have squeezed the brakes and set up the derailleurs before I wrap the bars, which should do most if not all of the settling of the housing. This procedure is news...
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    The spacer goes on first. It's a thin metal...

    The spacer goes on first. It's a thin metal spacer -- the official mavic one is 1.75mm, you could almost certainly be fine using a 10 speed on 11 speed spacer which is typically 1.85mm. Most any LBS...
  13. I'm having a difficult time figuring out exactly...

    I'm having a difficult time figuring out exactly what's going on--more detailed descriptions would be helpful. Where are the bearings you're talking about? In the freewheel/freehub mechanism or the...
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    I looked up your bike--it's a cheap bike from...

    I looked up your bike--it's a cheap bike from Walmart. It also comes with linear pull cantilevers, not traditional cantilevers. These are typically not difficult to set up very well. Try any semi...
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    Most high end crank manufacturers except Shimano...

    Most high end crank manufacturers except Shimano make BB30 cranks. Your bike, I think, comes stock with a FSA SL-K Light, so you could replace it with the compact version of the same. For the money,...
  16. They also reportedly have better tire clearence....

    They also reportedly have better tire clearence. It would be fantastic if most racing frames could use 28s, or fenders. They seem like an actual good idea. Not a big deal either way.
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    Keep in mind that with eBay etc it's really easy...

    Keep in mind that with eBay etc it's really easy to source old parts, so if you need a 5703 shifter down the line, you'll probably be able to find one at low cost. Also, it's likely that Shimano will...
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    What kind of brakes? As a starting point, clean...

    What kind of brakes? As a starting point, clean the brake pads, toe them in, and make sure everything is snug. If you have cantilever brakes the problem may be solved by using a fork mounted cable...
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    My bad, you're right.

    My bad, you're right.
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    There is no difference between a "road" and a...

    There is no difference between a "road" and a "mountain" 11-32. You should know that a rd5700gs has an official max cog size of 28, an a 5701gs has a official max cog size of 30. It will probably...
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    What I meant by sufficient torque is the amount ...

    What I meant by sufficient torque is the amount just sufficient to keep the handlebars from slipping in the stem. You can also lower this value by using carbon assembly paste, even on aluminum...
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    I would loosen both bolts then tighten them...

    I would loosen both bolts then tighten them equally until they are are just sufficient torque to prevent any slippage.
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    It should be noted that the fork in that video--a...

    It should be noted that the fork in that video--a suntour xcr, is actually worlds better than the forks on department store bikes and probably your bike in that it actually does have a oil damper, it...
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    I'm all for taking the time for a project, but...

    I'm all for taking the time for a project, but there are some reasons I personally would't choose the one you have.
    -24 inch wheels are uncommon, and in particular getting a replacement fork used...
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    I'm not specifically familiar with that fork but...

    I'm not specifically familiar with that fork but it is trash now, and probably always has been.

    Suspension forks only have a spring on one side, on the other is the damper that controls the...
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