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How to upgrade Scale 930 to reduce weight and gain speed?

I need to upgrade Scott Scale 930 (2022) with the following properties: fork: FOX 32 Float Rhythm Grip 3 (100mm travel) bottom bracket: Shimano BB-MT500 / shell 41x92mm rear derailleur: Shimano XT RD-...
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Best derailleur compatible with 1.7 pull ratio?

I want to replace my Tourney 7spd with something else, but my cassette isn't compatible with an upgrade to anything else, so 7spd is what I have to stick with. I know I have to stay within the 1.7x ...
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Fitting dropbars on Whyte 429 - advised road levers wont match Deore rear-mech, Alternative wanted matching rear mech/gravel shifters

I have a Whyte 429, aiming to switch to drop bars but not sure I can match the rear mech with Road/lever shifters. Seeking an alternative, i.e., installing a matching rear mech and road/gravel ...
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Can someone recomend compatible Road/Lever shifters to drive a Shimano Deore RD-M5020-SGS, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed rear mech

I have a Whyte 429 with the Deore SL-M4010, 10 Speed driving the Shimano Deore RD-M5020-SGS, Shadow Plus, 10 Speed rear mech. I want to put Gravel (Drop) bars on it because I simply find it so much ...
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Conversion of SRAM MTH 746 from Shimano to SRAM XD Freehub

I own Santa Cruz Tallboy AL R-kit which comes with SRAM PG1230, 12spd, 11-50t Cassette (NX level). I want to upgrade to GX-level drivetrain. The GX goupset comes with XG-1275 Eagle cassette with 10-52 ...
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Can I add a front shock or suspension to my Retrospec e-bike?

Is there a way to add a front shock/suspension to my Retrospec Valen Rev bike?
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Specialized Stumpjumper Women's HT 2006 Worth Rebuilding Back Up?

I absolutely love my Specialized Stumpjumper HT 15.5 (26" wheels), so light and nimble - a dream for single-track and general xc trail-riding (and nice and nifty for running around town too) but ...
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Upgrading a 105 R7000 to 105 di2 R7100

I got a road bike with the Shimano 105 R7000 groupset (including Shimano 105 R7000 52/36 crank, Shimano 105 R7020 hydraulic brakes and the cassette HG700 11-34 11s). I would like to upgrade it to the ...
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Can I fit a damper to sr Suntour spring forks?

I bought a GT avalanche 3 second hand with seized forks. When I stripped them down to clean, there is a coil spring in one side only and no damper fitted. Can I buy a sr Suntour damper and fit that to ...
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Upgrading my chainring

Long story short, I have a 30t chainring and a 14-38t freewheel for a 7-speed configuration. The 7th gear is barely a workout and 6th gear is more like a 4th or 5th gear. It’s a terrible ...
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Budget Chainring Upgrade

Ive got a 2018 Halfords Carrera Valour 18" 24 speed mountain bike which I use regularly. I cant afford to splash out on a new bike so was planning to do some basic budget upgrades to help with ...
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Bike upgrade wheels shifters cassette

Hi everyone I have a boardman comp hybrid nine speed how easy is it to change it to a eleven speed for the extra four gears. From https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-comp-...
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Upgrading 2021 Giant Roam 2 Disc (wheels, groupset, chain) [closed]

I'm planning to upgrade my 2021 Giant Roam 2 Disc. Not looking at high-end components. Hope someone could verify if these parts will fit? Also appreciate recommendations for wheels. In case I missed ...
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Should I upgrade my entry-level bike?

I bought a Cannondale Quick CX4 last year, but I’m not fully satisfied. I want something more robust, fast on the trail, and a better gear set. I’m still eligible to exchange my bike within one year (...
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Wheelset upgrade [closed]

I own a 2016 Giant Revolt (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/revolt-1-2016) and I was looking to buy a new gravel wheelset. Currently I have the 2016 version of Giant P-X2 Disc Wheelset, [F]32H [R]...
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Can I upgrade my Montra Madrock 27.5T Orange from MTB to Hybrid

Bike details can be checked from below page https://www.trackandtrail.in/cycles/montra/montra-madrock-275t-29t-2021 https://montra.in/bikes/mtb/montra-madrock-29t/ The reason I want to try it is, ...
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Improve my hill climbing gear ratio on my Cannondale CAAD8

I own a Cannondale CAAD8 and absolutely love it. However it's not the greatest hill climber and I am considering on getting a bigger cassette to improve my ride experience on hills The current bike ...
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What to throw money at when trying to level up your biking from an older, generic bicycle?

With the start of the global health crisis 2 years ago we re-discovered the joy of biking. By now my wife is really hooked on it and likes to bike a lot (judging by Google Fit she's done over 3000km ...
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7 or 8 speed cassette?

I'm riding a Schwinn GTX 2 and using it to learn things on. I am new to fixing newer bikes. I've changed to Altus front and rear derailleurs. Now I'm about to put on a gearset of the same. I've got ...
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Have to replace the groupset of my Breezer (Altus/Deore) but want to upgrade to another group

The drivetrain of my trekking bike ( http://archive.breezerbikes.com/2017/Breezer/liberty-3r3 ) has worn down and is finally in need of replacement. I was wondering if it would make sense and be ...
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Where does the hub end, and the freehub begins?

When shopping for a Shimano SLX M7100 Groupset, 1x12 one reads ⚠ For use with Shimano MICROSPLINE freehub bodies Cassette NOT compatible with standard HG (8,9,10 or 11 speed), XDR or XD freehubs I'm ...
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Slowly switching from Shimano to SRAM

I now ride Bianchi Aria with 105 mechanical groupset and I want to upgrade my drivetrain and go to electronic shifting because I'm sick of messing with the cables every month or two. Still, I also ...
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Upgrade shimano tiagra mechanical disc to tiagra hydraulic disc brakes

I currently have a Scott Speedster 20 with Tiarga 10 speed mechanical disc brakes. Is it possible to upgrade my brakes with the hydraulic version of the tiagra groupsset (by just buying these parts e....
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Replacing rear derailleur and shifters when upgrading from 3x7 to 3x9 drivetrain

I am considering upgrading my old trekking bike from a 3x7 to a 3x9 drivetrain. The bike is currently equipped with a 26/36/46 Shimano Exage FC-M320 which I intend to keep due to its wide sprocket ...
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How do I tell what parts are compatible with a new frame?

When I graduated college, I was given a pretty nice bike: a 2009 Specialized Allez Elite(I think that's roughly correct. 105 parts all round, double front chainring, but I don't think the rear ...
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Upgrade Schwinn 10 speed to Brifters

I would like to upgrade my 1980 Schwinn Traveler 10 speed. It presently has a Shimano 400 rear derailleur and Shimano FE(?) front derailleur. I would like to install Brifters. Is this a possibility ...
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GRX Shifter with XTR RD

I have been searching all around and can't seem to find a clear answer to this. Will the GRX 400 shifters work with an XTR RD-M900 GS? My thinking is that they will, but need to confirm. Seems like ...
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Upgrade path to use Stages Cycling power meter on Octalink

I've recently bought a used Scott Speedster 40, I would like to add a Stages Cycling power meter left crank arm (the 105 or ultegra with hollowtech II) to this, since the more data the better :) The ...
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Compatibility question, upgrading 8sp to 9/10 sp (24sp to 27/30sp) MTB/Trekking bike

I need some advise on compatibility between the components my bicycle already has and the ones I want to upgrade to. My current cassette and chain are worn out so I will have to replace them. I need a ...
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chain slack with 2x setups with large rear cassettes

I would like to upgrade the transmission of my bike and was thinking to a 2x setup (36/26) with a 9/46 rear cassette, with the latest SLX. There was some contradictory info the cassette manufacturer, ...
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Upgrade drivetrain to allow faster top speed

I have a bicycle with a Shimano Altus 2x9 drivetrain. It has 36 and 22 tooth chainrings and a 11-34 tooth cassette. I am hoping to upgrade this to extend its high range (i.e. 36/11) without ...
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Should I Upgrade my MTB Rear Derailleur? (After Crash)

I mashed my 8 speed Shimano Acera rear derailleur in a crash over the weekend and need to get it replaced. Is it worth spending a little extra money and installing a slightly higher-end derailleur, ...
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Don't you think all of these rules and reputation crap is just a bit much? Are you people nuts or what? [closed]

A person was asking about the best way to make his hybrid bike more like a road bike. I am headed in that direction myself, and some of the ideas in response to the question were very helpful. But ...
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Upgrading gears from microshift to Shimano

I have a Firestorm 29D (3 * 8 gears, 24 total) bike. The shifting is not smooth at all. I would like to upgrade my rear derailer and shifters or groupset to Shimano altus or any other. Kindly suggest ...
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Is there an improvement braking from the hoods from Shimano Sora 3500 to Sora R3000?

I'm struggling to brake from the hoods on my first drop handlebar second hand bike although braking from the drops is fine. I read on this site somewhere that older Shimano Sora ergonomics were ...
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Are there downsides to cross-top brake levers? Compatible with all mechanical-hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Genesis Croix de Fer 20 from a few years ago with the following specs: Brakes: TRP HY-RD mechanical-hydraulic caliper w/160mm TR160 rotors Levers: Shimano Tiagra ST-4700 I would like to fit ...
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Can I 'upgrade' a 9 speed Tiagra RD to Sora to lower my gears?

My girlfriend has an oldish Cannondale CAAD8 bike with Tiagra 9 speed triple. The rear derailleur is the RD-4500 GS with a 12-26 cassette. The front is a 50-39-30. She'd like to get a lower bottom ...
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What will be the easiest/cheapest way to get lower gearings on my "new to me" road bike?

I've recently become the proud new owner of a lovely late 90's steel road bike with some not so lovely "old school" gearing (53/39 chainrings and 11-25 8 speed cassette). As someone who both ...
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Bike with a SRAM XD(R) freehub body and trainer with a Shimano freehub body?

I would like to change the wheelset of my bike, but I also have a smart trainer (Kickr core). The wheelset I've retained so far are the Mavic Allroad, that are available with a Shimano or XDR freehub ...
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Narrow or comfort saddle?

I have just purchased an e-bike that came with a wide "comfort saddle". I am used to riding a hybrid with a narrow saddle, and that seat was very comfortable on long trips. Should I replace ...
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Changing from rigid to suspension fork

I have a White AX 290 FF 20 that I have converted to an e-bike. I'm also planning to add a suspension fork to it. My budget is approximately 100€/120 dollars. Do you have any recommendations for the ...
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I want to upgrade my 2020 Allez from Claris to Shimano 105

I have a 2020 Specalized Allez that came with Shimano Claris, but since I live in a very hilly area, I feel as if I need more gears. I have been biking for a while now, but I don't know if I need to ...
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Upgrading cycle from single to multi-speed

I own a single speed MTB . I'm planning to upgrade it to multi speed. As I'm on a tight budget, should I just upgrade my rear to multi speed or upgrade both front and rear. Is it a good idea to ...
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Giant SCR 2015 upgrade options?

I have a 2015 Giant SCR2. That has Shimano Claris. Outdated by now 2x8. I’m thinking of an upgrade to Shimano 105 5800 or Tiagra. Which one will fit and do I need to change the wheel?
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Would these upgrades give me a better bike than I could buy with my budget plus the sale of my current bike?

Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post. I’ve narrowed my options down and would really appreciate advice on the more specific ideas I have in mind at this point. I'm considering making ...
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How should I prioritize 2019 Allez upgrades?

Sorry for the length this post has reached. Please scroll down to Edit #2. Original question: "I recently bought a used 2019 Allez with an installed power meter. The previous owner installed a ...
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What do I need to get to upgrade 10 speed Campagnolo to 11 speed for a bike to be used on a trainer only?

I have a 2007 Eddy Merckx Premium with 2008 Campagnolo Chorus shifters, UT compact (50/34) crankset & rear/front derailleurs. I want to throw this onto my Wahoo Kickr and make it my trainer bike. ...
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Best solution for 2x8 index shifting [closed]

I've been riding a pretty well-tuned frankenbike (I call it the argos, I've had it for 15 years) set up with claris 2x8 shifters (r2400) and dura ace (7700) derailleur on the back with an old ultegra ...
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Disk brakes swap on a new road bike with rim brakes

I am planning on buying an Atomic Covert road bike. Can I put disk brakes on it? Are there adapters for rigid forks/road bikes or do I need to replace parts?
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Can l add more gears by replacting the cassette on my mountain bike?

I have a Giant Yukon with 8 speed. I want to know if l can change it to 10 or even 11 speed? Is it possible to change the cassette on the rear wheel?
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