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Old 10-24-13, 03:29 PM
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SRAM X5 3x9 speeds suitable for touring

Is the SRAM X5 groupset reliable for expedition touring? compared to a shimano deore groupset?

I'm planning a trip from alaska to ushuaia on a surly troll and I really like the grip-shift system.

This is the (budget) setup including v-brakes

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Old 10-24-13, 05:12 PM
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thats a long ways , plan on accidents breaking things .. so that means nothing, is perfectly reliable ..

good luck ..

someone comes through town doing that route every couple years..

You gonna swim the swamps through the Darian Gap? .. near Columbian-Panamanian Border

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Old 10-24-13, 08:59 PM
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You gonna swim the swamps through the Darian Gap? .. near Columbian-Panamanian Border
don't be silly bob, he'll just pick up a '61 Corvair down in Texas and drive through it.

http://thecitypaperbogota.com/travel/the-lost-corvair/

I had never heard of this, and was so surprised by reading about it. Saw the promo "doc" they made about it too, pretty wacky tabacky idea. Ralph Nader would not have been amused.
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with that ride in mind I would prob build around an 8 speed shimano bike... you could use just about rear derailleur from any Chinese made bike and the chain is the same for 6/7 speed so chances of finding parts are better then sram 9spd

the grip shift is prob about as good as you can get outside of a friction shifters as far as reliability and simplicity... might take some looking for a NOS 8 speed stuff

just my thoughts on things
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Ian Hibell did it the hard way.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ylhWPCekdM



Follow up Q.. you know how to fix those component when they fail?

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My Moulton APB, which I rode across Australia E to W on, happily still utilises a sram gripshift of 20 year old vintage and a seven speed cassette.
I uprated the Sachs 3x7 hub to its evolution of a Sram Dualdrive (three speed internal hub with cassette) but retained the shifters due to them keeping on going.
The gripshift is original but I've replaced at times the cassette, derailleur and of course the chain.
The stuff I've replaced has been easy enough to source when I've needed it.
I'd be more concerned about my Ogres Rohloff which is as yet unproven only having done around 400km.
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Originally Posted by balrog687 View Post
Is the SRAM X5 groupset reliable for expedition touring? compared to a shimano deore groupset?

I'm planning a trip from alaska to ushuaia on a surly troll and I really like the grip-shift system.

This is the (budget) setup including v-brakes
I think it stands as good of a chance as anything else. Lots of SRAM equipped mountain bikes in my area have performed well for years.

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