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The former Blue 'Goose
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So my ride has been pretty much stock except for an XTR rear derailleur since it
was new and it's one of those weird ones where everything is opposite the way
everyone is used to (I think they call it rapid rise, you know, the one a lot of
folks hated?)

I sort of got used to it but the front was a standard LX so any time someone rode
my bike they were exclaiming "HUH?" because the right hand was the way that
everyone was used to shifting and the left was the opposite...

So, I came into some early birthday money unexpectedly and am tempted to
swap out the LX front der for an XTR so I have the same shifting smoothness
and both derailleurs will be the weird reverse way further confounding anyone
with the temerity to try riding my bike!

Some of you might be wondering what on earth this has anything to do with
passion but I was thinking - sometimes it just takes a little bit to get you
excited to ride. Be it new tread, a new component or something like that.

It doesn't have to be too much. Heck, while I'm at it I should swap out the
four pound deore cassette on the rear....might help.

Anyone else do this or gradually upgrade little things one at a time?
 

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Mojo0115
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I recently upgraded my cranks to shimano XTR and my shifters to SRAM x.0 and it most definitely has given me another passion boost (not that i really needed one :p )

I am particularly psyched about the shifters and the x.9 rear derailleur I got at the same as they feel so slick and smooth compared to the stock stuff that came with it.

I feel like I need to go hammer it out on some techy trails as soon as I get a chance to try them out.

And yep, piece by piece component upgrades has been my approach as well.
 

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bi-winning
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aliensporebomb said:
swap out the LX front der for an XTR so I have the same shifting smoothness
and both derailleurs will be the weird reverse way further confounding anyone
with the temerity to try riding my bike!
The XTR and LX front derailleurs both use the spring to shift the chain in the same direction. The rear you can get in rapid rise or not, but the front remains the same in terms of direction last i checked.
 
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