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    Derailleur and brakes for Specialized!

    I just bought a specialized rockhopper but am not impressed with the derailleur and brakes.

    How would i got about upgrading the derailleur and brakes?

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    You buy new parts and have then fitted to your bike DIY or get your LBS to do it.

    Shimano brakes are popular. M486, Deore, SLX and XT are good. Pick depending on your budget. BB7 with good levers and cables are also a good choice. There is a Brake forum full of good advice. Have a look there.

    Are you "gears" tuned properly? Full length cables can help.

    A new "better" shifter will make more difference than a new "better" derailleur will on it's own. Also chain and cassette quality effects shift quality.
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    Also if your bike is brand new. The brakes will need to be "bedded' in. Have you bedded in the brakes. They will work much better once you have done this.
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    Brand new derailers should shift just fine. The RH will give up a little bit in durability, but new they should work well. Are you shifting properly (unloading tension, etc.)? Is everything set up properly? Does it shift well just spinning?

    Like Mitzikatzi said, is everything with the brakes set up correctly?

    Why aren't you impressed? Noise? Distance?

    The RH is a price point bike, but, at least brand new, its brakes and especially its shifting should not be major limitations. I'd think you'd be tweaking rims and hitting the limits on the suspension fork first.

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    After you get this sorted this is the fork upgrade thread.
    If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork
    SLX brakes are a one time buy. 80 at Bluesky.

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