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    Noob here again

    I bought some bikes at a police auction for nothing and want to get a couple of them rideable for the wife and me. Both are early 2000's, a Trek 4300 and GF Mamba. We don't plan any serious stuff or climbing, only light trail or dirt road roads. Setting up these bikes for 1 x ? appeals to me; both bikes have 7 sp cassettes. I have read that 1 x 7 are really not suitable, but 1 x 8's would be. I know that to change to 1 x 9's would require different rear wheel sets and I don't want to go to that much expense. There seems to be some question whether I can simply replace the 7 sp cassettes with 8 sp cassettes.

    I need to get this done for as little money and hassle as possible.
    For our type of riding, what is the downside of a simple 1 x 7 setup.
    Is a changeover fro 7 sp to 8 sp cassettes possible.

    Any thoughts and advice greatly appreciated.

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    7 spd is fine. It's just old technology. I'd just get out and ride and not worry about it, especially if you're not planning on doing any serious riding. I mean at one point in time, people doing hard riding were using 7 spd so it's not like it's not capable. Things have just evolved over the years. I'd probably leave them as is or go 2x7 instead of 1x7. Save the 1x for when you get a better bike or upgrade these to something more like a 1x9 or 1x10.

    As far as switching, you might be able to fit an 8 spd cassette on the wheel but I can't say that for sure. You'd probably need a new shifter and derailleur as well.

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    Leave them 1x7 and ride them till they die.

    Going to 8 spd may require in addition to the cassette a rear derailleur and shifter.

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    The easiest way to go 1x7 is don't shift the front ,the second easiest is to set the limit screws so the derailleur doesn't move.

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    Re: Noob here again

    "I need to get this done for as little money and hassle as possible.
    For our type of riding, what is the downside of a simple 1 x 7 setup"

    You'll run out of gears and out pedal your bike on the street.


    For basic riding on flat ground and paved road you'll appreciate the three ring set up in the front. I'd just leave it as is and enjoy the bikes. It's not worth the hassle or the money to go a different route. A nice tune up to ensure all gears both front and back are shifting smoothly will bring you far greater enjoyment of your bikes then monkeying around with a 1x setup

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