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

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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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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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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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