Every time i would google a bike issue this forum always come up so i thought i would join as it seems this group is very patient with beginners to the MTB world. I know there is similar post to this already on the forum but as i'm a complete novice & would absolutely love to be able to do my own bicycle maintenance, i really need exact help with what i'm trying to do.
I have TREK marlin 5 2019 mountain bike.
Which i now mainly use as a commuter bike & to take my child to nursery with bike seat and rack on the back. I haven't changed to road bike, as i ride along canal footpaths & cobbled streets & down flights of steps on the way back. I'm now getting very bad chain slippage when in the middle and biggest ring on the crankset. On closer inspection it looks some of the teeth have worn down (please see image new vs mine) which is crazy seeing the bike is only two years old. But its had poor maintenance and maybe with the weight of my child on the back this has happened sooner than it should.
To cut to point of my questions. I would like to replace/upgrade the crankset (as the current crankset is riveted together so i can't replace separate rings) also i would like to be able to go faster along the street. It currently has a "Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24" can you please recommend another crankset that would fit this bike that has a bigger top chain ring to help with speed? It looks like i might have to buy a cotterless crank tool & torque wrench to do this job?
I've always wanted to have a bike with Shimano Deore xt components ( but i know this would be super expensive for a XT triple crank set ) Could you please tell me if a Shimano Deore xt crankset would fit and what model number should i look for? If the XT components wouldn't fit could please recommend another shimano crankset that's bigger (in terms of a larger top chain ring) and would fit?
Could you also please tell me if i need to stick with a triple crankset (i would like the lowest gear still as sometime i do find some steeper hills)?
And by changing the crankset to bigger triple can i still use my current front and back derailleur's, cassette & shifters?
I have listed out all the current components out below.
Also would you buy a new chain a the same time?
Finally, if buying these two items doesn't solve the slipping issue, i'm guessing there could be a few things causing this issue, like a rear hub, or needing to change the derailleur's? If you could please try and help me diagnose what it could be, i would be hugely appreciative.
Sorry there are so many questions in this one post.
Really hope someone can take help me.
Shifters: Shimano Altus M310, 7 speed
Front & Rear derailleur: Shimano Tourney TY300
Crank: Shimano Tourney TY301, 42/34/24
Max chainring size: 1x: 32T, 3x: 42T
Bottom Bracket: Sealed cartridge, 73mm
Cassette: Shimano HGG200, 12-32, 7 speed
Chain: KMC Z51