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    Giant talon 0 12 3x9 to 3x 10

    Hey We just got a 2013 and 2012 giant talons 0's At a later time will there be any problems converting the 2012 to a 3x10 from the stock 3x9? So that both bikes can use the same spare parts after our first replacement?

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    There will be no problems converting to 10spd besides the cost of buying new shifters, derailleurs, chain and cassette.

    What level of components are you going to go with?

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    Well I have a lot of time on a lot of low end bikes. But I am a newbie, this is the first time I have done any real research. My girl and I just got the two bikes, And are planing to ride 2 x 3 times a week. We plan to Up grade our forks first and then replace parts as they fail. as far as I can tell X7 is in a price range I can afford to replace and repair. I See a lot of guys that have X9 and up, but when they break a part there is no cash to replace the parts. I have not seen a thread on thinking about the cost of upkeep on bikes. could be a good idea.

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    Our idea is to set the bikes with the same parts so that we can have a spare box of every thing at home, so we can fix any problem as we come across them.

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    The cranks and front rings will work on either bike- 9 and 10 speed have the same width chain ring and inside chain dimension. So KMC X10 Ti chains will work with either bike with KMC 10 speed quick links. The Scram chain is not one I would use. Buy extra 10 speed chains and a Park master link tool for chain maintenance- the chain is one of the first things to be replaced.

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    How is it going on the conversions?

    Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about switching things over, but I did see that shimano SLX and XT are on super sale and am considering switching my X-7 to shimano. Shimano runs a lot quieter than SRAM and is better on my hand because of the trigger/ thumb combo- I out a knife through my hand so my left thumb isn't that strong to work the double thumb on the SRAM. Plus I just love the speed and precision of shimano. That is a total personal opinion though. Some people swear by SRAM others Shimano. I love Shimano personally, and i love that it is at such a good price right now. It is almost half off!! I love Sale stuff!!

    The KMC X10 Ti chain is smooth and nice. I would use that with the master link for sure- Or Dura Ace... but I am on a budget and will use what I have until I feel like upgrading.

    Don't worry too much about crashing and braking things. It happens a lot less than you would imagine. they make these bike parts pretty strong now a days. Keep usw up to date on what you decide. I always like to hear peoples decisions and why. It helps me in my business... so thank you to everyone who reads and repklies on these forums... you rock!

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    why would you down grade from 3x9 to 3x10?
    thats a downgrade... dont fall for stupid marketing ploys.. 3x10 is not better than 3x9
    if anything you should go 2x10
    thats a real upgrade....
    there is no need for all those gears.. even a beginner doesnt need all of those..

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    Re: Giant talon 0 12 3x9 to 3x 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoots View Post
    why would you down grade from 3x9 to 3x10?
    thats a downgrade... dont fall for stupid marketing ploys.. 3x10 is not better than 3x9
    if anything you should go 2x10
    thats a real upgrade....
    there is no need for all those gears.. even a beginner doesnt need all of those..
    I wholeheartedly agree. 3 X 10 gains you nothing of any value. Might as well take that cash and toss it in the trash. You could spend that money on so many more useful items for your bike.

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    Well I got crankbrother mallet race/dh pedals and a kronolog for my bike, the gf got Shimano PD-M545 spds, we got 4 specialized purgatory control a butcher and a ground controll tyre on back order at the lbs. I got some cheap ass coleman max bags with 2 liter bladders. We are going to have tons of fun soon as the snow is gone got to love central canada! Thanks guys I wont downgrade my girls bike. I think we need some manatou towers next,

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    much wiser decision
    Quote Originally Posted by Wyrd View Post
    Well I got crankbrother mallet race/dh pedals and a kronolog for my bike, the gf got Shimano PD-M545 spds, we got 4 specialized purgatory control a butcher and a ground controll tyre on back order at the lbs. I got some cheap ass coleman max bags with 2 liter bladders. We are going to have tons of fun soon as the snow is gone got to love central canada! Thanks guys I wont downgrade my girls bike. I think we need some manatou towers next,

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    ^^ Agree, if you have further questions regarding the Talon you can stop by the Giant subforum, plenty of Talon people there.

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