Old 08-15-20, 01:15 AM
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I think you are right. I may just keep it 8 speed and build a custom cassette but I think the lowest sprocket available with older 8sp cassettes is 12 tooth ring which is still kind of high for where I live.

Does anyone have experience with these sub $500 disc brake bikes? I imagine the disc brake technology is superior than most rim brakes in wet conditions right? Or am I wrong to put too much faith on Chinese manufacturing capability? IIRC the brakes are Chinese on the 7sp and Tektro on the 8 sp which prob also Chinese made. I guess with the 8sp bike I can convert it to a gravel bike with drop bars and with extra inline brakes for the top of the handlebar.

Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
The number of gears doesn't matter in the scheme of thing as long as you have enough range. I upgraded from 9 speed to 10 speed on my Fargo a few years back just because I found a complete 10 speed group for less than the 9 speed parts I needed. I still go for the single speed bikes most of the time.
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