well than $350 bike has a very good frame, etc. to build on. All of the hardrocks are built on the same exact frame, with diff compnents. I want to make some improvements on my bike. Anyone can answer my questions?Bikinfoolferlife said:Especially putting a $190 rear derailleur on a $350 bike...
The small/small and large/large gear combos (22 front and 12 rear is a small/small) aren't recommended as they put the chain at too extreme an angle, creating a poor chainline, causes excessive wear on the chain and rings/cogs and generally performs poorly.
Don't mind them.MTBchris said:well than $350 bike has a very good frame, etc. to build on. All of the hardrocks are built on the same exact frame, with diff compnents. I want to make some improvements on my bike. Anyone can answer my questions?
MTBchris said:My biggest cog is 32 tooth and my bigest fron sprocket is 42 tooth....i dont understand what bikenfool is saying.
My plan is as of right now:
Purchase the long cage X.0 RD
Purchase the X-Generation FD
w/ x.7 triggers!
How do u think this will perform with eveything else left stock...for now?
Everything is going to be left stock drivetrain wise. The other idea i had is after the conversion i can use this stuff on other bikes. I plan on buying the hollowchain and the 9spd PG-990 cassette. That would finish my drivetrain to my likes. Possibly a cheap bash guard for the stock sprockets for protection.[/QUOTE
You'll only get X-9 performance out of a XO derailleur if you use the X-7 triggers, am I making sense. I've used the X-Gen FD and I'm not a big fan. It's sturdy but kind of clunky when shifting and it only comes in Bottom Swing which would still work in your case(The damn finish will last about an hour and it starts peeling off). I'd suggest a XT FD and Cassette, they will both work with a SRAM set-up and are the best bang for the buck. The new 990 cassette is improved but will run you $75+ compared to the XT which you can get on sale for $40+.
I know you want the best performance but I strongly feel that components should match the frame and a Hardrock isn't an XO quality frame.
Like I said before, the X-9 would do you justice and still leave coin in your pocket for some winter gear.
Don't bother with the bash guard it's just added weight and cost.
ERR, a 9 speed cassette, shifters, and derailleur make it a 9 speed, doesn't it?Bikinfoolferlife said:Oh, it's not your money, that makes it better. Show your parents this thread along with your xmas list...
BTW, why would you put a 9 speed cassette and chain on a bike with an 8 speed setup? Or is there something I missed in the Specialized specs?