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Deore LX crankset - replace or keep???

Hi guys,
I just wanted to ask if you would keep or replace a 2009 Deore LX chainset (3 rings) or replace it?
I'd prefer to go 1x12, but not sure if it can be done.
My bike is a 2009 Gary Fisher HIFI in medium.
Would anyone know which replacement crankset and 1x12 set would work straight out of the box?



  • reaperactualreaperactual Posts: 1,183
    edited January 2022
    Yes, it's doable. An older thread here that popped up in the search:-

    I would swap out the crankset for a newer Hollowtech II external bb and a matching 1x crankset (probably a Non Boost for a better chainline) then purchase a suitable narrow-wide chainring.

    Going 12speed does add more things you'll need to be aware of, main issue being cassette/freehub compatibility.

    A 12speed, out of the box, ready to fit would be a Sram Eagle SX or the higher up NX groupset which include HG compatible cassettes to fit a stock/standard Shimano freehub.

    There are other 12speed cassettes available that will work okay with any 12speed Shimano or Sram shifter/derailleur combo but would obviously then be a seperate groupset component buy.

    A lot less hassle and a more simple swap would be an older 10 or 11speed upgrade, you'll still get a clutched derailleur and wide range cassette, even if it's not quite a 50t+ big cog.

    Alternatively there's always something like this groupset (or others mentioned in the thread linked above) which all get great reviews and aimed at a very easy, straightforward upgrade for similar 3x set ups like yours so at least worth a look:-

  • That's fantastic. Really grateful. I'll certainly look into that then.
  • reaperactualreaperactual Posts: 1,183
    Hey no worries, you're welcome! 🙂

    Lots of good 1x options out there, happy upgrading! 😎👍

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