I got this bike almost two years ago and promptly put about 3k miles on it. The rear derailer has hit several rocks and now both the cage and hanger are extremely bent up. My chain is also at the end of its life it just spent this summer getting parked outside due to some issues with the apartment I was in (4th floor, no elevator, tiny stairs, huge 22" 29er). Now the bottom bracket makes some funny noises and the freehub probably needs to be overhauled. I've managed to keep most of the rust at bay and now that I'm moving out, I'm considering replacing the stock acera components with either deore or slx 10 speed but I don't know where to start.
Is there any way to keep my stock SRAM 8/9 S600 crank and forward derailer while moving up to a ten speed cassette and derailer in the rear? A new crank would be $200 alone but the SRAM apparently has replaceable chain rings so I'm slightly optimistic. Alternatively I could just go with deore 9 speed but it seems like the entire line is now only 10.
Also, I understand and have had good results with the shimano system but is there anywhere else I should be looking for mid level performance oriented components? I'm not weight crazy but I want parts that will work well and last if taken care of. I will be spending many hours cross training on this thing through the next year.
PS: Full component list here: Diamondback Bicycles - 2012 Overdrive Sport - Hardtail
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