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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, ...


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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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