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Have I missed anything?

supermonkeysupermonkey Posts: 315
edited April 2008 in MTB buying advice
A bike I'm buying comes with a full LX group set. I'm looking to swap out all the drive chain and gear components to XT and the brakes to Juicy 7s before it leaves the shop.

The list I have is as follows:

Rear Mech
Front Mech
Bottom bracket
Crank set

This may seem a stupid question but have I missed anything? Are there any glaring omissions from that list?

If I'm correct the only LX parts left on the bike will be the hubs, is that correct? (The bike in question is a GT Carbon Zaskar Expert)



  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,594
    indeed, i think thats all, but why? LX is a fine groups set
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Might as well just buy the Zaskar Pro! Get XT groupo with XTR shifters, better parts and a more expensive forks. How much is this swap costing?
  • toastytoasty Posts: 2,598
    The difference between LX and XT is pretty minimal at the moment, bar the looks and lower profile derailleur. I'd be suprised if you saved a Mars bar worth of weight (except on the cassette :P) or made a noticable difference to shifts.

    Shame the Pro is out of the question, much better wheelset on there as well.
  • supermonkeysupermonkey Posts: 315
    Thanks for the input guys. I knew when I posted that you guys would try and talk me out of it :D After a bit of negotiation with the shop, all of the above, brakes, the lot, will cost an additional £174.99 fully fitted (That's £1600 + £174.99). I think that's pretty dam good. The Pro would cost £2200, so thats an additional £600 instead of £175.

    I know what you're saying about just buying the Pro to begin with but if I'm correct, after the above upgrades are taken care of, the only (But granted, quite important) areas that the Pro would have higher spec would be the wheels and the fork. I plan to put some kick censored wheels on her when I get some more cash that will probably be higher spec that the pro's wheels anyway. I may upgrade the fork at some point as well but after reading many reviews I think the Reba will do me for the mean time. (After reading a review on the Zaskar where the reviewer was running 120mm forks, I'm toying with the idea of 120mm Foxes, but I'll see how things go).

    In addition to the above I've also done a bit of a deal with the shop where I get 15% of the bikes value in free upgrades. When this is factored in, along with the discount I'm getting through the bike to work scheme, the whole bike with upgrades is costing around £1135.

    Bearing all that in mind do you still think I'm doing the wrong thing upgrading rather than going for the Pro in the first place?
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,594
    its a here and there thing, XT isnt much light tha LX, and the action isnt really much better, but it is a little better, from what your saying i'd probably go for it.
  • toastytoasty Posts: 2,598
    True, I like my Rebas actually :) Quite a lot of tweaking you can do between the two air chambers and the motion control setup. You can probably adjust the spacers (or get the shop to) inside the Rebas and make them 115mm too if you feel you want to try longer travel.

    No, when you put it that way I see your point, not too bad :)

    The price sounds about right, the price difference between LX and XT derailleurs is only about a fiver for each, the cassette is probably worth about £20 more than the old one, shifters are another £10 or so and about £20 or so for chainset. The brakes are fairly close in price I think. This is assuming he's fitting OEM parts though. The work on top would add quite a bit.
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