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Possible Future Upgrades on an Entry Level Bike

ewagner929ewagner929 Posts: 2
edited October 2017 in MTB workshop & tech
Hey everyone,

I'm very new to the mountain bike world. I've recently purchased a 2016 Malvern Star Axis 1 to get myself into the swing. I've been out several times so far ranging from scary downhill tracks (only stacked it once) to fire trails and bicycle tracks. The shifting seems to be a bit clunky and the chain comes off relatively easily when hitting some rough trails. So far I've replaced the crappy plastic pedals with DMR V12 Flat Pedals and love em. So the question I have is what are recommended upgrades for a basic entry level hardtail that would elevate the quality of the bike riding experience?

I've contemplated upgrading both derailleurs, or even converting to 1x11, but I'm completely clueless on what's the best option and if it's even worth it on this type of bike.

Front Derailleur - Shimano M190
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Altus 8 speed
Chain - Shimano HG-71 8 speed
Cassette - Shimano HG-31, 11-34T 8-Speed Cassette

Thanks!

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