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Old 10-09-10, 04:50 PM
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Got myself into a deciding predicament...

Well first off, I plan to keep the original parts from the Fuji no matter what so that it can easily be returned to stock when ready.

My predicament is, I picked up a Shimano 600 set-up including cranks, front and rear derailleurs, and cassette today. Question is, do I use this stuff to upgrade my ARX based daily beater bike or my nice weather Cyclone based Fuji? I would save a little weight by swapping this stuff onto the daily beater, which would be nice since I carry it up and down stairs. It should also shift better, and the beater currently doesn't shift all that well. It would be nice, however, to have more gears on the Fuji since I do longer rides on it. I was already thinking I need to see about getting a higher gear on that bike for a few of the hills I have to climb on my usual nice weather ride.

I'm thinking I should upgrade the daily and just find a 7 speed freewheel for the Fuji before next spring so I don't have to mess with the Fuji too much, but I'm not sure.

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Daily beater. The reliability improvement will be nice.

You can always find rear wheel upgrade stuff for the Fuji.
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Daily beater. The reliability improvement will be nice.

You can always find rear wheel upgrade stuff for the Fuji.
+1 I don't see much improvement over the Cyclone. It is pretty good in itself.
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Surprised you are having problems with the ARX stuff. I have a bike with ARX, and it shifts nice. Be sure to check the basics: chain wear, RD alignment, freewheel wear, cables and housings, and so on, as some of these will be a problem with the 600 stuff as well.
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I was planning on checking the chain. The freewheel looks practically new, and the wheels are mismatched anyway, so I'm thinking maybe the rear wheel was put on sometime later. I guess I'd get a new chain swapping to the 8sp stuff anyway.

Guess I'll soon own probably one of the nicest Cierra's. I doubt too many people upgraded those. Mine will have the 8sp Shimano 600 group, a decent Bontrager saddle, ergo bars, and Tektro brake levers.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with that braze on leftover from the Suntour Symmetric shift levers.

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