The original shifters that came with my 2001 Kona Blast MTB is gone. Also, the cassette and chain are long over due for replacement.
Hence, was think of dropping the 8 speed (3×8) altogether for the following reasons:
- Limited options for replacement parts compared to 9sp or 10sp.
- Replacement parts even when available are only limited to either the lower range .. or from other compatible brands.
Currently, will likely to use it mainly for my food delivery job.
I'm also planning to use this bike for touring (few days to 2 weeks). So would prefer to be able to get replacements easily at bike shops in the nearest town.
The reasons holding me back are: 1. I was told that 8sp chain and cassette are thicker therefore more durable. 2. Really cheap to overhaul
9sp and 10sp are about the same price, so I still contemplating which would be better.
Am leaning more towards to 10 since it seemed to be the most common currently.
Would like to hear your opinions on should I just stay at 8sp or upgrade to 9sp or 10sp.