Cyco-Dude wrote:i wouldn't upgrade anything. get whatever maintenance items it requires (brakes, cables, chain etc).... save for a completely new bike that fits you and your riding style. it's almost always cheaper in the long run to just get a bike with what you want on it rather than piecing it together one thing at a time.
BiffStroganoffsky wrote:I wouldn't put too much money into it as you can get a complete bike for about the same price as the parts necessary to update the frameset. .... If you are going to pony for the 'X' grade components from SRAM or Shimano, a complete bike in that price range is basically getting the frame for free.
BiffStroganoffsky wrote:My old roomy from the 90s had the Tequesta and it was heavy for what it was. Of course, that is relative as I was riding a Cannondale
cheesyking wrote:- Make sure all the bearings are in good shape. (IE free running but not sloppy)
Captain Ned wrote:Hmm, how does one overclock a derailleur?
mnecaise wrote:Should I spec in Shimano Deore, or Shimano SLX, or maybe just stick with Alivio. Is there any benefit to giving SRAM a try. What do you all think?
Chrispy_ wrote:mnecaise wrote:Should I spec in Shimano Deore, or Shimano SLX, or maybe just stick with Alivio. Is there any benefit to giving SRAM a try. What do you all think?
Depends on your weather, maintenance and riding style:
- Alivio can last for a long time if it's clean, not aggressively-shifted and not left to rust.
- Deore is probably the first in the range that's not compromised by cost-savings in any way, but it's not engineered for racing or weight-saving.
- SLX is beginning to get into the 'overengineered for heavy use' bracket, but you pay the price for it.
SRAM is pretty decent. It used to require more cable for the same amount of derailleur movement, meaning faster wear but better shifting in muck and filth. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend switching to SRAM unless you plan to change the whole cog system in one go (a shifter/mech/ring on the front, or shifter/mech/sprocket cluster on the back). I'm not actually sure if that's still the case, but I would expect better performance from SRAM/SRAM and SHIMANO/SHIMANO than a mixture of the two.
BiffStroganoffsky wrote:Hey, I thought you were trying not to get into the whole Shimano-v-SRAM debate.
BiffStroganoffsky wrote:depends a lot on who you are and how you use your bike.
BiffStroganoffsky wrote:Hey, what about SRAM Red!
mnecaise wrote:SRAM Red's the racing quality stuff, no? Putting SRAM Red on a 15 year old MTB frame, just to ride to work and back, seems like a bit of overkill. Kind of like building a Core i7-3930k based system to surf the web.
Chrispy_ wrote:No idea about whether you can still ID a bike through the serial number without contacting Trek directly, but assuming it's not had too much replaced, you can usually judge age by rear-mech and display section on the shifters.
Both SRAM and Shimano like to freshen their designs frequently so you can get a rough age by looking at those. Post a pic of the rear mech and I'll ID it for you, can probably get the age down to a year or two from that alone.