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Old 04-28-05, 09:23 AM
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Component upgrades

I am just getting interested in touring, and I am planning to build a new bike. I am starting with a Trek 930 steel frame. I have been looking at components and cost, and I am thinking about either 1) buying a Shimano LX level "build kit" from one of the online marketers (pricepoint, bikesource, etc.) or 2) using their list as a base for purchasing parts from both my LBS and ebay.

My question is, if you were to upgrade a few components from the LX level which would you upgrade. I am thinking bottom bracket. Any other ideas or suggestions?
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Hi,
the 930 is a nice old bike, but it's not what I would
pick for touring. You can do it, people tour on everything.
You are going to want rugged wheels. I suggest 36 spokes on
a bomb proof rim like the CXP33. If money is tight, I wouldn't worry about fancy bottom brackets, if it's not tight I'd start with a
touring frame. Bar end shifters are a good choice for touring.
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Thanks. I guess I should be more specific. I chose a steel mountain bike frame because I plan to tour on and off pavement. I think the CXP33's are road rims (700mm). Any suggestions for 26" rims? I am also planning on flat bars, so I don't think I can use bar end shifters. Any other component suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
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Velocity make strong rims at a reasonable price, https://www.velocityusa.com/ I use Mountain Goat rims on my roughstuff bike.
You can use Shimano bar end shifters on a flat bar bike, you just need Paul Components Thumbies https://www.paulcomp.com/ , they work like a dream, and able to be used in friction mode when indexing stuffs up in the back of beyond
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Huh,
I thought the 930 was an old road frame. Mtb components are pretty tough, just don't get an ultralite rim. I really liked my Shimano 7 speed thumb shifters. They were just plain ol LX, worked fine. You could save some bucks going 7 speed. My choice for a splurge would be a B17 with Ti rails.
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