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Renovating my 2003 Marin Eldridge Grade

Old 01-15-23, 08:58 AM
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Renovating my 2003 Marin Eldridge Grade

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Iím considering renovating my 2003 Marin Eldridge Grade. Itís been in storage for the last 7 years, and I feel like it deserves some tlc.


currently it has the standard 9x3 Deore system. So for a start, Iíd like to convert it to a modern 11(?)x1, at a similar level to deore

would appreciate if someone here who has done something similar before could help me with the shopping list and process

thank you!!
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I did this to my similar vintage Santa Cruz Heckler

It had a Deore crankset So all I did was buy a narrow/wide Race Face chainring, And installed a new shifter, rear derailleur and cassette (and chain)

In my case I did 10 speed because I already had a 10 speed cassette laying around and used Shimano Zee shifter
and derailleur

But 11 speed is just as easy because it fits on the same cassette body

Not sure if Z is available anymore but then it was affordable downhill grade stuff which is the direction I was going with the heckler. But performance is on the line of Dioury or SLX

If itís a 26 inch wheel bike you may not need the super low range of a 12 speed, but there are 12 speed cassettes out there that are compatible with your HG hub body also, Then you can run a SRAM GX derailer and shifter in, but if you went with a pie plate cassette you might bump the front ring up to 34 or 36 On a 26 inch bike
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Originally Posted by avion22 View Post
Hi
Iím considering renovating my 2003 Marin Eldridge Grade. Itís been in storage for the last 7 years, and I feel like it deserves some tlc.


currently it has the standard 9x3 Deore system. So for a start, Iíd like to convert it to a modern 11(?)x1, at a similar level to deore

would appreciate if someone here who has done something similar before could help me with the shopping list and process

thank you!!
I'm never going to get to mine at the rate I'm going
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It had a Deore crankset So all I did was buy a narrow/wide Race Face chainring, And installed a new shifter, rear derailleur and cassette (and chain)
thanks! As I mentioned, Iíve never done anything like that before. Have you seen a resource anywhere that specifies the recommended and necessary parts and models?

assuming that I stick to 11x1 :

which type and size of raceface chainring is recommended (for cross country)?

which type and size of a cassette is recommended?

will any model of 11 gears shifter and dreuiller would fit?

thanks a lot
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I think that Wolf Tooth (probably others too) makes a product that will allow your derailleur to accommodate 11 speed and a "pie plate" in the cassette. My friends with Trek Marlins are running Shimano 10 speed with a 10 - 46 rear cassette. You could operate that with a 32 tooth ring depending on how steep the hills are that you'll ride.
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