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Old 01-29-21, 08:17 AM
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Suggestions for customizing my Stevens S8 Bike ?

Hello Everyone,

I'm new in this forum and I'm writing this thread to get ideas to customize my Stevens S8 bike.

The Bikes :
Model : S8 Stevens, Alloy Frame (7005)
Color: Black
Speed : 9x3

- Front Wheel: Mavic Rims and 26" X 2" Michelin Tire
- Rear Wheel : Mavic Rims and 26" X 2" Michelin Tire
- Crank-set : Shimano Deore XT
- Cassette : Shimano CS-HG200-9 ( recently changed, i'm now at ~200km )
- Chain : KMC ( recently changed, i'm now at ~200km )
- Front Derailer: Shimano Deore LX
- Rear Derailer: Shimano Deore XT
- Shift Levers: Shimano Deore LX
- Front Fork: Rock Shox Tora 80-100mm
- Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc Brakes front and rear
- handleBar : Oxygen Alloy 2014-T6

I use the bike for Cross Ride (Mountain & Road, at approx 100km per week which include about ~60-90km for weekend).
So, I wanna do some upgrade / Customize for this bike to have fun during riding, and I look for some suggestion.
Actually, I'm planning to change my tires to 26"x2.2", a larger HandleBar (for the next Month), and a new crankset (to the end of the year).
You find in my google drive 5 photos uploaded of my bike ( drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QsPhJ8MD50PSh8nCTSZnB9R2Or5kSFo1 )
Sorry to share photos at this way ( I don't have the right to post it, because it's my first thread)

I will be very grateful for your recommendations (technical or esthetic),

Thanks in advance, Best Regards.
bfelmokh, Stevens S8 Bike Owner

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Old 01-30-21, 07:07 PM
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Get some good tires. Though no tires are great on both road and single-track.

How old is the bike? Might be time for a fork rebuild. Treat yourself to that.
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Old 01-30-21, 11:04 PM
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If your cassette is an HG-200-9 it is a 9 speed cassette. There is a big difference between 3x7 and 3x9 as far as options.

Not sure what types of trails you are riding. It is tough to find a good road and true wider trail tire. If you are basically riding light trails then you can find a small knobby tire with low rolling resistance.

Another part is what you mean by more fun.

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Hi,

I mean 9x3 (sorry a typing error), I owned it for 5 year.

always a mixed trail, by having fun, thats mean no problem in my adventure 🤣

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To me, the contact points increase is an area to focus for extra comfort and fun:
  • Saddle: if youíre already putting high mileage on your bike on a weekly basis, I assume you must have this nailed down.
  • Grips: you mentioned upgrading the handlebars. Pay attention also to your grips. I am partial to the Ergon brand due to its advanced ergonomics. They have several models to choose from based on the type of riding you do.
  • Pedals: flats or clipless - your choice! I, personally, prefer clipless for general riding both on and off-road. Whether clipless or not, do make sure that you feel good on the pedals and that youíre wearing comfortable cycling shoes. On flat pedals, for instance, shoes that offer very good grip on the pedalís tiny pins is important.

Question: why are you thinking of switching your good XT triple crankset? Unless you want to go 1x up front and something with a wide range like a Microshift Advent X for drivetrain, I really donít see a reason for an upgrade. But thatís just me.
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