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    Deore or LX crankset

    What would you recommend for a new 9 spd crankset? Alivio (is there alivio 9 spd???) Deore or LX? Thanks
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    I'm very pleased with my LX crankset. Deore would work just fine if you don't care about how light it is.

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    I was told by my LBS that there isn't any difference in crankset for 8/9 speeds. 8/9 is for the rear, and will be compatible with a front that used to work with an 8-spd rear. If your front end is working fine, you should keep them.

    Judging from your other posts, you are upgrading your bike from 8 to 9-spd? I have done the same. Originally, I have Acera front and Alivio rear (3x8). I didn't know any better at the time, so wasted money in upgrading the crankset as well. I have swapped all drivetrain components on my bike thinking that they're required for the conversion.

    Looking back, here are parts that are not required for 8-spd to 9-spd:
    - crankset (I thought since chains are different, gear tooth are different too -- wrong)
    - front derailer (if crankset needs changing... -- wrong)
    - wheelset (Shimano only listed 8-spd in their Alivio rear hub description)

    Nothing wrong with upgrading everything though. For me it's a nice learning experience since I installed everything; but it is a big drain on the wallet. Crankset and wheelset are expensive!

    Cheers!

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    chainreactioncycles.com has some excellent crankset deals, and they are very good to deal with if you're looking for a budget way to upgrade the entire drivetrain.

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    There is no 9 speed specific crank set. You can replace the sprockets if worn. If you replace the crank arm you might want to replace the BB as well. Deor is fine, work on skilz more important to make the riding more fun.

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    I went to the shop and finally I upgraded for an XT chainset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markleo
    I went to the shop and finally I upgraded for an XT chainset.
    Can you shift into all 3 sprockets now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Can you shift into all 3 sprockets now?
    Yes I can, I hope it's worth the upgrade!!! I tried it last night and it was all right! But I need to try it on the trial. I think it should be ok. Thanks.

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