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    New bike, to me, want some upgrades

    I just picked up a new to me 2007 Cannondale F4, all stock except for saddle, which is a WTB Rocket V SLT and some KendaSmall Block 8 tires.This is my first bike and am super stoked!! So please forgive me if some questions seem pretty obvious.

    I've only rode it a few time, but already can tell i would like to upgrade the shifters from the X-5. What is a good option? I want something that is a little more crisp, especially in the front.
    Also thinking of upgrading the front derailuer from the Deore. Is it worth it to upgrade and to what? I was think X-7
    As for the rear, the X-7 is a sufficient right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlkRuby
    I just picked up a new to me 2007 Cannondale F4, all stock except for saddle, which is a WTB Rocket V SLT and some KendaSmall Block 8 tires.This is my first bike and am super stoked!! So please forgive me if some questions seem pretty obvious.

    I've only rode it a few time, but already can tell i would like to upgrade the shifters from the X-5. What is a good option? I want something that is a little more crisp, especially in the front.
    Also thinking of upgrading the front derailuer from the Deore. Is it worth it to upgrade and to what? I was think X-7
    As for the rear, the X-7 is a sufficient right?
    I'd stick with a shimano front der. if you really want to upgrade functionality, an LX front derailure will provide you high end functionality at much lower cost, for a very small weight penalty.

    As for upgrading your shifters, X5 -> X7 would be a notable upgrade, but moving to the X9 would be a huge step up, and save you money over the uber costly X0.

    The rear derailure is sufficient so long as you're happy. The X7 is a decent derailure.

    EDIT - PS: a couple of years back X7 rear derailures were snapping all over the place, but I haven't heard the same of the new design (essentially the old X9 design).
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    Thanks for the input.
    Are there any other components i should give a look at that will make a noticeable difference to a newbie?

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    I was able to pick up some X.7 off ebay for $25 so it was hard to pass that up even though i would like the x.9s. So my next question is, is it a DIY job to switch out the shifters, or should i just take to the LBS?

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    It could be tricky if you have never done it before. Also, the X-7's are harder to install the cable (IMO) because you have to take apart a whole part of the shifter. You would also need to remove the grips, this could be hard or really easy, depending on the kind of grip.

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    Aren't the X7's like the Attack shifters with a little plastic screw plug on the outside that you remove and the cable comes right out?
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