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  1. #1
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    New question here. Possibly upgrading Cassettes& Derailleurs

    So I'm riding a 2011 Salsa El Mariachi and the chain popped off twice when I was riding and I could hear a sound that only happens on 2 gears I think, can't remember. I think it was the rear derailleur. So I was thinking if it was worth just upgrading the cassettes& derailleurs at this point for an upgrade.

    Thanks, Cody.

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    That doesn't make much sense. Get it checked out by a bike shop. If you've ridden it since 2011, chances are some of that stuff needs to be replaced.
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    I would not upgrade. It doesn't sound like a problem with the components, but rather the way they are functioning. Was it the lower two gears? If so, just turn the adjustment barrel knob on your rear shifter until the problem goes away. Please read up about making this adjustment if you don't know how, or consult your local bike shop.

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    If you cant' diagnose it yourself, time for a trip to the shop. I find it unlikely to be worn cassette or derailleur.
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    Save that $ for something else. Adjust your front derailleur.

    How to adjust front derailleur - YouTube

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    If it's 2 yrs old I would think the cassette may be getting worn out, i usually go through a cassette a year and probably 2 chains. It's not that big of a deal to replace them, it's usually in $75-125 range. you can spend way more than that if you want but a decent cassette can be had for around $80 installed and a chain is usually 20-30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnhugo71 View Post
    If it's 2 yrs old I would think the cassette may be getting worn out
    I agree - especially if the two gears popping are you two most commonly used and also if pop uphill or hard pressure.

    Good news is if it is a worn cassette your derailleurs are probably fine. I have replaced jockey pulleys a few times. But, that was when I worked at a shop and got them at cost.

    Bad news may be that excessive chain stretch may have worn your chainrings too.

    If you have popping/skipping under pressure, I would replace cassette and chain (big big plus one link on new chain) first.

    Cost obviously depends on chain and cassette you buy.

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