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When you upgrade shifters (provided you have the right compatibility), you're paying for (or trading off between): Lower weight More strength/durability Reliability In the sense that Alivio > Altus, you should be getting some of these. However, if your shifters and what not are in good condition (i.e. good cable runs, shifters in good condition, ...


Don't buy that XT groupset for that bike to solve those problems - it wont work. XT is great, but it won't make your bike more comfortable, and it wont make it better off-road. Worse, it wont work for that bike since it has V-brakes, and that groupset has disk brakes. They are not compatible. To make it better off-road you need (in this order) better ...

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