Questions tagged [upgrades]

Questions referring to the process of replacing current components and frames with newer, better versions

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Are there any good road tires at 35 to 38 mm width (700c) that are affordable? [closed]

My hybrid bike comes with (clincher) 700x38c tires, and I have been looking at potential (clincher) replacements/upgrades. I ride some bad roads (potholes, cracks, level but rough surfaces) fairly ...
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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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Chain slips off chainrings with a lot of pedal force

I have a 2001 Raleigh R600 road bike. It wasn’t ridden much when I got it, and I’ve recently been putting some miles on it. It was a 3x9 speed with 9 speed components. I just changed: Wheels Cassette:...
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Road 10 to 11 speed upgrade, what needs to change?

Hope all is well. Currently I have a Cervelo P2 2013 with an Ultegra 10 speed. I would like to upgrade the drive train from the current 10 speed to an 11 speed setup (either the 105 or the Ultegra). ...
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Upgrading front suspension for an entry level MTB

I recently bought a used hardtail MTB (my first bike ever) with Shimano's Acera groupset, double-wall wheels, but the front SR Ssuntour suspension has only 30 mm travel, which isn't enough for riding ...
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Increasing reliability of a hardtail MTB

What affects the reliability of bike more, better suspension or heavier tyres? I have bought a hardtail (Rockrider ST520) with 80mm front travel and 27.5 x 2.0 all terrain tyres. The bike is meant for ...
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A road bike with bad tires to gravel bike upgrade [duplicate]

I have a road bike with tyres that aren't that great I want to upgrade for more wider and gripper tyres any recommendations?I desperately need it.The old tyres are Triban Protect 700 x 28 tyres. Tyre ...
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How can I know if a crankset is compatible with my bike without physically seeing it?

I'm using Shimano Tourney TX right now and would like to upgrade. I can only shop online and can't visit physical bike shops. I'm leaning towards SORA R3000 but I'm not sure if it has the same BB size ...
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Should I update my Bontrager Litespeed mountain bike?

I have Bontrager Litespeed frame mountain bike, custom-built back in 1996. it hasn't been ridden much and been stored. Still in excellent shape. I'm no longer going mountain biking and thinking of ...
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Switching from straight handle bar to drop down - which dual control lever would fit?

I am currently looking for ways to modify my bike. I do have a straight handlebar equipped and I‘d like to switch to a drop down road bike handlebar. My drivetrain is built mostly from Shimano SLX ...
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Cannondale Topstone Tiagra Upgrades - Musts, Must Nots, and MustArd

It's been a while since I last rode a bike but having bought a Cannondale Topstone Tiagra only a few days ago and finding the hidden streets and valleys of a town in which I've lived for many years I'...
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how to know what kind of tires work for my fork? [duplicate]

I want to know how select the tire depends on the bike or fork because actually I have the following problem. Currently, I have a specialized diverge whit this fork. Specialized FACT carbon, flat-...
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Upgrade Peugeot 5-speed to indexed flat bar shifters

My girlfriend got a vintage Peugeot with original 5-speed cassette (2 front gears) and friction stem-shifters (with a flat bar). She's struggling with the shifting. I'm considering the following ...
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Do these parts fit my Giant Escape 2 2018?

This is my bike Giant escape 2 2018 I want to change the groupset (for fun) for this one aliexpress link, Basically it's a Shimano Deore M6000 2x10 groupset (without the brakes) I'm almost sure that ...
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Safe to use 10-speed wheel in a aluminum frame bike made for a 7-speed

I have a '91 Trek aluminum road bike which was originally equipped with a 7-speed drivetrain. I upgraded the drivetrain on another bike, so I transferred the old 10-speed drivetrain, to the Trek. The ...
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Converting RockShox Pike DJ 2018 forks from 140mm to 100mm of travel

I have a pair of RockShox Pike DJ forks at 140mm of travel that I bought fairly recently. The specific model number and details are as follows: Model ID: FS-PIKE-DJ-A3 Year: 2018 Spring: Solo air ...
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9 to 11 speed partial groupset upgrade? Is it possible?

I have a Shimano Sora 3500 full groupset (FD 50-34, Crankset 170mm length with BB RS500 (BC1.37 x 24), Sprocket 12-28) on my road bike. I want to make a partial upgrade to 105 set due to my budget ...
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7 speed freewheel

I have 7 speed freewheel on Carrera Zelos. I want to upgrade to 8 speed but can t find any freewheel. How do I do it? Its my first road bike as I normally ride downhills and wanted to mix it up ...
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Hood setup on dirt drops

I recently bought my first gravel bike (Breezer Doppler Pro), and I want to upgrade the stock bars with some flared out dirt drops. Hoods are my primary hand position, and I generally find most ...
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First roadbike upgrades [duplicate]

I have a Scott Speedster 30 Aluminum bike 2016 with 10speed Shimano Tiagra Flat pedals stock wheels... I seek advice What reasonable upgrades can I make and benefits Thanks
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Can I convert rim brake to disc brake on road bike?

I have a Giant propel advanced 2 (2017) road bike, 105 groupset, rim brakes. I would like to buy a set of deep section racing wheels and unsure if disc brakes are an option or not. Is it possible to ...
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Is there any builder site for bicycle?

Say you want to build entirely your own bike, from frame to ring bell. Is there a site that can help you with compatibility among all parts? Or maybe you just want to upgrade your crank set but you ...
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Upgrading a dual sport bike - a geometry question

I want to ask a somewhat general question in the context of actual events: I picked up an Evo Swift Ridge 7 for about 200 from a discount retailer, thinking it might be a good platform for upgrade-as-...
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Upgrade 1x8 drivetrain

I have an Orange 2017 Diamondback Hook that came with an SRAM 1x8 drive-train. I'd like to upgrade it to increase the range. What are my best options? Thanks!
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New shifters on MTB

I would like your pro advice with a bike upgrade. Please refer for details: Specialized Hardrock Disc SE 26 (2014) Specs Why the upgrade? 5-year-old shifters, displays are cracked up and yellow. ...
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Upgrading Gates CDN to CDX-EXP

First of all I will start with the fact that I'm completely new to the world of hardware related to bike parts. But I must say I ride my bike a lot. My everyday commute is roughly 40-50 km. I drive a ...
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When is it not okay to cheap out on bike parts?

Cycling is a very expensive hobby. So I tend to buy stuff not from famous brands like FSA and so on. But is it safe to do that? Cheap handlebars will send me flying like Superman one day. What parts ...
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Peugeot UO-9 super sport rim upgrade

I would like to upgrade the rims from 27 x 1.25 to 700c. I would like to use the same 5 speed cassette on the 700c rim (see pic below). Would any new 700c cassette hub rear wheel work with that ...
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Upgrading from a freewheel type to cassette type

I'm kinda new for this, I am planning upgrade my bike from a freewheel type to a cassette type. How can I determine the cogs for the cassette type? My old bike has 8-speed freewheel cogs gears which ...
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Is the Trek Navigator 200 too hard to restore

I got a freecycled Trek Navigator 200 that based on my assessment seems to be from 2004. I have repaired one bike before and was thinking about taking the this one as a new challenge but it seems to ...
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Bottom bracket upgrade

I want to upgrade the components on my bike. I want to start with the crankset. I'm just sourcing parts/tools at the moment. It originally came with 113mm spindle sealed cartridge. The bottom ...
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39-53t chainring on full suspension bike

I have a Giant Reign x1 bike which has 2X factory installed 22-36t 4 bolt Sram Truvativ chainring. The question is, is it possible to find 39-53t 4 bolt chainring that can be fitted to this bike or ...
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Upgrading a crank set

I presently have a 3x7 speed crankset with a sealed cartridge bottom bracket on my touring bike and want to upgrade to a new Hollowtech II bottom bracket and crankset, specifically, the SHIMANO Claris ...
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Converting to 1x11 SRAM drivetrain with 8/9/10-speed HG Freehub

I currently have a 3x9 Shimano drivetrain, and I'd like to replace the current Shimano 9-speed rear derailleur/shifter/cassette and front derailleur/3 chainrings with the SRAM PG-1170 11-32T cassette, ...
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Are there any streamliner producers? [closed]

Anyone seen ready-made bike aero extensions or streamliner producer ? Not asking about velomobiles. Looking for something between. Are there any significant improvements of common bicycle in terms ...
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Upgrading 20 year old road bike's groupset

I own an Scott AFD 709 from the late 90s to early 2000s with an Ultegra 6500 group set. Would it be possible to upgrade to the newest Tiagra 4700 groupset (https://www.vanillabikes.com/products/...
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Is it cost-effective to upgrade an old-ish Giant Escape R3 commuter bike with entry-level branded parts (wheels, drivetrain)?

I'm currently using a 5 year-old Giant Escape R3 (2015)(https://www.giant.co.jp/giant15/bike_datail.php?p_id=00000060) hybrid bike that I bought used (down to $400 from $500 retail price) from a bike ...
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Use 105 crankset on 9x2 Sora equipped bike

Want to ditch my basic square taper FSA Vero (50/34) crankset on 9x2 speed Sora drivetrain (2018 Devinci Silverstone 2) in favor of 105 compact crankset. I will attempt to get one in 50/34 not to mess ...
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Sealant in inner tubes: what's the difference?

I was thinking of converting my wheels to tubeless but my rims and tyres are not tubeless ready. I just recently learned that I can add tyre sealants into inner tubes. Can it prevent pinch flats like ...
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Chain guides; yay or nay? [closed]

So, recently i've bought a new chainring online and it will be sent to my home soon. And i thought to myself, should i get a chain guide? The chainring has narrow wide teeth so the chain will not fall ...
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New disc brake frame feels heavy at the back

Just bought a Cube Attain, and it is heavier than the Felt F95 that I just crashed. I liked the feel of that bike, but wanted disc brakes for the hills I ride - tried upgrading the brakes on the old ...
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Budget brands for gears in India [closed]

A total newbie here. I'm planning to upgrade a single speed to geared one road/tour bike. I haven't decided the gear system though. I guess I'll decide that upon availability of the parts. Well, I ...
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Upgrading cassette to give bigger bottom gear

On e.g. a Giant Stance, can the lowest gear on the cassette be upgraded to a higher tooth count just by only changing that cog?
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Pros and cons of long and short derailleur cage?

I'm thinking of buying a new derailleur in the future, but I don't know what type of derailleur to buy, there's long and short cage derailleurs but is there any differences? I'm not sure if this ...
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Upgrading SRAM GX

I now have a complete original SRAM GX 11 speed group with an 11-42 cassette and a 30 tooth chainring. I'd like to upgrade it by replacing my cassette with a new 11-50 (11 speed) and also a new ...
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Convert MTB mechanical disk brakes to hydraulic

I want to convert my mechanical disk brakes to hydraulic. I don't know what size calipers to get. I plan on using the same rotors.
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Replacing FSA Omega BB30 with SRAM Force 22 BB30

following my recent post about the problem with FSA Omega BB30, I was advised to throw it away and go for a new one. I've done some research and decided to upgrade with SRAM Force 22 BB30, already ...
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Shimano 105 RD-5501 on a six speed freewheel?

I was doing a cleanup at the storage room and found a box of mint 105 parts (brakes, FD, RD, triple crankset and BB). Based on the newspaper inside the box, the parts were laying there for at least 10 ...