Questions tagged [upgrades]

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

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When its not okay to cheap out on bike parts

Cycling is a very expensive hobby. So I tend to buy stuffs that are not famous brands like FSA and stuff. But is it safe to do that? Cheap handlebars will send me flying like Superman one day. What ...
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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 ...
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Dura Ace 7700 (with American Classic RD205 rear hub) Broke Shifter. Upgrade Options

I’m currently putting quite a lot of miles on an older Canyon F10 carbon bike equipped with Dura Ace 7700 shifters, derailleurs and brakes. My wheels are American Classics with a newer RD205 hub, ...
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Replacing/Upgrading brakes on ‘80s Peugeot road bike

I have a Peugeot road bike that I commute on every day. I’m not sure of the exact model, but from some digging around online I believe it is a 1986 or so. It has single pivot side-pull brakes, Shimano ...
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Best Way to Upgrade My Bike

About three months ago I bought a second hand bike for £70; to be honest it is reasonably good. Current setup for gears is a 2 x 18 (38-48 front, 13-28 rear). As far as I can tell it's not a branded ...
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New to bicycle riding. Questions about adjustments and upgrades

I just got my very first bicycle. At 30years old, I never ever rode a bicycle. I walked into a Walmart, bought the nicest looking mountain bike I could find, a 26" Havoc Men's Mountain Bike. My first ...
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Best option to upgrade 7-speed bike to higher gears

I have recently bought Giant Escape 3 hybrid bike that came with: Shimano FC-TY501 28/38/48 chainset 8/7/6-speed compatible Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 7/6-speed rear derailleur Shimano MF-TZ31 14-34T "...
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Upgrading from 9 speed to 11 speed on Giant Defy 3

If I were to upgrade from a complete Shimano Sora R3000 9 speed groupset to a complete Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 speed groupset (excluding hub) on a Giant Defy 3, do I need to get a new hub too or can I ...
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Does it make sense to switch to single chainring on an older mountain bike?

Very recently I've started seeing a setup like this on pretty regular bikes: (Image taken from CyclingID forum) Appeal of the single chainring To me the positives of this setup became quite obvious ...
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Upgrading priorities

What is the first component upgrade to a 105 groupset? do I need to stick to Shimano? The crankset is Oval Concepts 520, forged 6066 arms, 52/36T. The bike a 2016 Fuji Altamira 1.3, STI 11 spd, ...
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Restoring/modernizing an old cheap(ish) bike

tl;dr;? Just see bullet points below... My mom recently gave my wife her old Raleigh Horizon bike. She must have gotten it around the year 1990, and there's no way she spent much on it (she's kinda ...
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Updating equipment on old Team Raleigh frame

I was given an older Team Raleigh frame, serial #WBK 601376 R. I use it as my commuter bike to school where I teach. I want to update the frame with new equipment. My local bike shop was able to put ...
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V-brake to disc brake

I want to buy a new fork (a SR Suntour Raidon XC DS-LO-R if you are curious). It says that it works only with a disc brake. Guess who has a V-brake? Me. How to upgrade from V to disc and is it worth ...
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Is my 2017 Trek Fuel EX 5 Stealth internally routed dropper seatpost compatible?

I have got a 2017 Trek Fuel EX 5. After Christmas I may be upgrading it with a dropper seatpost. I would like to know if it is compatible with an internally routed dropper seatpost.
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Are there better tires for heavy riders? [duplicate]

I have upgraded the backwheel on my hybrid bike to one suitable for a 285 pound rider. Are there tires suited for 285 pound (130 kg) riders?
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Can I upgrade a Norco Yorkville for a 260 pound rider plus cargo?

Hello I have a 2017 Norco Yorkville. I was breaking rear spokes so bought a better rim with tougher spokes. Now my suspension seat post is wobbling. What else can I upgrade on the bike for a 300 pound ...
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Upgrading suspension fork

I am currently thinking of upgrading my suspension for to something like a Rock Shox. This is the bike I have: https://www.cyclerepublic.com/catalog/product/view/id/4535/s/voodoo-bantu-650b-mens-...
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Will I need a new derailleur when changing to a higher ranged cassette?

I want to upgrade my bike cassette. Currently I'm using single chainring 53T with 7 speed cassette 14-28T. I'm dying when riding hilly a road. Thinking of upgrade the cassette to Hyperglide 12-32T ...
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Must replacement crankset have the same number of teeth?

I have a Giant Boulder 520 (1996) and I am upgrading it bit by bit. I bought a new Shimano 7 speed cassette 11-28T. Now, I want to replace my crank set, however I do not know which size to buy. Does ...
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Can I upgrade to SRAM GX Eagle from Shimano Acera 9 Speed?

Thinking about upgrading my gear set to SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed Groupset 175mm from a Shimano Acera 9 Speed 40/30/22 MTB chainset Would this be compatible?
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Need some help with suspension on Mongoose Salvo Comp FS

I'm 14 years old and have been riding for a year on a Mongoose Salvo Comp full-suspension that was bought second hand and in perfect condition. The bike is great but after riding a friend's bike, I ...
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Can I fit a bigger tire on my bike

This is an old 70’s huffy.. with 20" wheel rims and 1.75 tires. I have some 24 inch rims to install, but the pegs are bigger in diameter, so they don’t fit in the fork's dropouts. Are the old type ...
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Refurbishing 1994 Trek 950

I would like to strip down and replace components on my old 1994 Trek 950 mountain bike, primarily to replace the drive train, brakes, shifters and wheel sets. I would like to go from a 3x8 to a 1x11. ...
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I just bought a Giant TCX SLR 2, but I still have money to spend. Which parts should I upgrade?

I am new to bicycling. I bought this bike because it had good reviews and ratings and it fits the area where I am living. I am not intending to use this in a cyclocross race, but maybe in the future. ...
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Is it possible to upgrade a 6 speed mountain bike to 7 or 8 speed?

I ride a Hero Sprint, MTB, with 6 gears in rear and 3 in the front. I am thinking about upgrading my 6 gears to something like 7 or 8. Is it possible, if yes, how much does it cost, and what are the ...
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Upgrade old road bike to 7-speed rear derailleur?

Just took my old 1983 12 speed out of mothballs. put on 94 miles this month very hilly here. My question is: can I upgrade my freewheel with Shimano MF-TZ31 Tourney Freewheel (14-34T Mega 7 Speed)? ...
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Upgrading tires on my road bike

I'm very new to the complex world of bicycles, so apologies ahead of time... I have a 2012 Giant Defy 1 (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/defy-1-2012) and am looking to upgrade the wheels to ...
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Nukeproof Pulse SRAM PG-1030, 11/26, 10-speed to 11/36t, 10-speed

I'm a bit of an amateur but looking for advice at the moment. My cassette is 11-26t which is pretty hard for me (not that fit). I'm looking at changing to the 36t which I can see would be bigger, if ...
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Recommended transmission for a commuting bike

I want to get a new transmission group for my bike and I'm quite confused, so I'd really apreciate some help from the community. Here's some context: I own, since last October, a Giant Escape 2 (...
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Need Advice with upgrading Chainrings / Crankset

I currently own a 2012 Specialized Secteur and I am interested in upgrading to a 52/36 crankset. I have a the original crankset (S150) and the 50/34 chainrings. My cassette is SRAM Apex, 10-speed, 11-...