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    Virgin 2006 Trek 8000.. What would you do ?

    I have an 06' Trek 8000 stock that my father purchased awhile back, bike has almost never been used except for the 500 miles i've put on it in the last month or two getting back into riding, .... I've quickly lost my taste for any road riding, and have found myself beating myself and bike to pieces on the trails.

    I'm experiencing the following problems

    *loose/slacky chain
    *ugly shifting
    *hard time getting my weight back as far as i'd like (stem length and height not ideal)
    *hard time clearing major logs and obstacles (bottoming out on the works)

    curious to know what the real veterans around here would do if facing a mini overhaul like this... don't want to waste time and money half assing it.. don't mind dropping "some" coin, but not trying to drop1500$

    Also wouldn't mind shedding some weight ! Ok so i'm willing to drop 1500,, i just don't want to

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    Don't know if this is helpful as far as a guide for upgrade path


    8000
    Frameset
    Sizes 15.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5"
    Frame ZR 9000 Alloy
    Front Suspension RockShox Reba SL w/Motion Control, rebound, compression, LO, 80mm
    Wheels
    Wheels Bontrager Select Disc
    Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, folding, 26x2.2"
    Drivetrain
    Shifters Shimano Deore LX Dual Control
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Crank Shimano Deore LX 44/32/22
    Cassette SRAM PG970 11-34, 9 speed
    Pedals Shimano 505, clipless
    Components
    Saddle Bontrager Race
    Seat Post Bontrager Race
    Handlebars Bontrager Race, 25mm rise, 31.8mm
    Stem Bontrager Race, 7 degree, 31.8mm
    Headset Cane Creek S-3 w/cartridge bearings, sealed
    Brakeset Shimano Deore LX, hydraulic disc, 6" rotors
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    The only thing upgraded so far is shimano SPD clips, and I have a pair of wolverine 2.2's in the mail
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    I think your RD may have a worn out spring.

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    Oh and BTW, have your fork serviced, it helps quite a bit.

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    The Rear Derail' still has decent tension, its just a little slacky for my taste, you think the spring may just be worn out ?
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    Just like the whole bike, the fork is pretty decent IMO. What was the last time you checked its air pressure? What does "ugly shifting" mean? In which situations does the chain feel slack?

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    Ugly shifting meaning, when i'm smashing the bike around on aggressive trails, the chain starts to bounce around ALOT, it comes off, or it slips and the thing starts changing gears half way up an ascent or half way down a decent,, not really ideal if trying to not eat ****. Basically just clanking around alot. I'd like something that is a little more "tough" ? I know that slack in the chain is a normal phenom, but this is just a little more than I think should be occurring.
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    And i happen to LOVE the bike, hence considering putting some $ into it. It's a great bike !
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    And the air pressure is OK, i'm always swapping out the tires between on/off-road sessions,,, also adjust pressure before and after off-road sessions,, i often ride to the trails i hit. So I have to stay up on the tire pressure
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    Your RD may be toast, your chain may be too long/dirty/bent.

    Ad air pressure - I meant the air pressure in the fork's air spring. That Reba should have two independent air chambers that need to be properly pressurized to match rider's weight etc. It sounds like yours is not properly set up.

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    [QUOTE=shulman1144;9489061]Ugly shifting meaning, when i'm smashing the bike around on aggressive trails, the chain starts to bounce around ALOT, it comes off, or it slips and the thing starts changing gears half way up an ascent or half way down a decent,, not really ideal if trying to not eat ****. Basically just clanking around alot. I'd like something that is a little more "tough" ? I know that slack in the chain is a normal phenom, but this is just a little more than I think should be occurring.[/QUOTE

    That's an inherent problem with running 3 ring front and a long cage RD.

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    so no fix ? short of changing out entire gear system ?
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    if rear derailleur is toast, should i repair or replace,, and any recommendations on a replacement ?
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    It depends on the trails you ride and how much jumping you do. I have a 3x9 setup on my trail rated hardtail (On One 456 Carbon) and I am not experiencing any of your problems on burly New England trails - and I beat the shite out of my bike, too. Sure, a 2x9 w/ a chain tensioner would be safer but I like the range of the 3x9 drive train. I still think you can fix some of the issues of your bike without replacing the entire drive train.

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    Sti are you using a chain guard ?
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    update,,, finally fixed shifting issue with a new chain and rear cassette, enjoying confidently applying max torque to pedals through technical terrain, game changer,,, thanks guys !
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    Quote Originally Posted by shulman1144 View Post
    Sti are you using a chain guard ?
    I apologize I missed this. No, I do not use one. Good to see that you have fixed your issues!

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    Sti, I've seriously stepped up my riding game since my initial posts on my "issues" these days I have much more serious issues then bouncing chain when i ride,, like do i do 35 technical trail miles, or commit suicide and do 55 technical trail miles ! Thanks for the feedback guys much appreciated, I'm super amped for the cooler weather rolling in in NY, going to start really pushing it through the end of the season, also have some real serious upstate NY and Vermont trips planned in the next few months,, crossing my fingers that me and my bike can stay injury free, Thanks again !
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