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Old 11-29-06, 08:51 AM
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Parts Hierarchy?

Can anyone point me to a parts hierarchy? I'm getting back into mountain bikes after being out for a long time and I'm looking at bikes trying to figure out the best bang for the buck. What parts I'm specifically looking for are: brakes (mechanical disk and V), forks, and drivetrain. It appears that these are the parts that vary the most in my price range.

I've tried searching, but piecing something like this together based on key word searches is taking forever and I don't want to reinvent the wheel if I don't have to.

An example of something I'm hoping to find might be: Deore > Alivio > Acera. But how does SRAM fit into this? And brakes... I know hydro disk are best, but when you get to mechanical disk vs. V-type and then the brands on top of it? UGH!

So am I asking for too much here? Can anyone help? If not, I'll keep searching and piecing it together on my own.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-29-06, 09:11 AM
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ano+comparison

that should help a little bit.
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Old 11-29-06, 09:15 AM
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Was in the process of replying when I clicked on that link. Hard to do better than that as far as drivetrain goes. I'm going to copy and paste never's reply from that thread so people don't have to read that whole thread.

Basically for SRAM comparison to Shimano:

XTR = X.0
XT = X.9
LX - X.7
Deore = SX5
Alivio = SX4

As far as mechanical disc brakes go Avid BB7's pretty much rule the roost.
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Thanks for the quick replies! Any thoughts on forks? It seems like the ones I'm looking at most often are: Rock Shox Dart 1, Rock Shox Dart 2, Marzocchi MZ-3, and I even saw a Rock Shox Judy J1 on a close-out Bianchi.

Thoughts here? Are they all so close it doesn't matter?
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Old 11-29-06, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by spackler
Thoughts here? Are they all so close it doesn't matter?
actually, they all suck so bad it does not matter
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Old 11-29-06, 12:40 PM
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I run SRAM X.9 and am very happy with the 1:1 shifting ratio
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Old 11-29-06, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Curt Kurt
actually, they all suck so bad it does not matter
Does any suck more than the other? Help please.
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Old 11-29-06, 12:53 PM
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most people tend to think the XTR parts of either manufacturer are overkill, and unneeded but parts in the XT/XTR and X.9/X.0 range will tend to perform quite well.
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go for the best you can afford
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Originally Posted by spackler
Does any suck more than the other? Help please.
each one sucks more than the previous one. I mean, I am thinking. how much worse can those forks suck. and the answer is none. none more worse.
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Old 11-29-06, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by LowCel
XTR = X.0
XT = X.9
LX - X.7
Deore = SX5
Alivio = SX4
with the new 2007 sram stuff i would be basicly willing to say X.9 and XTR are comprable and X.0 is kind of the super bling bling Campy Record but for mountain bikes.
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Yeah, kinda...I have had better luck with my XT stuff than X.9 lately.

I'd say:

X.0
XTR
XT
X.9
X.7
LX
Nothing else matters, hehe. (just kidding)
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Go for the one that is properly adjusted, it will work better every time.
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Found this looking at Treks... for those that may be looking:

Component Comparison

Shimano
Best XTR
Deore XT
Deore LX
Better Deore
Alivio
Good Acera
Altus
C-Series
T-Series

RockShox
Best Reba
SID
Better Duke
Pilot
Good Judy
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