The bike in question is Apollo Aspire http://www.apollobikes.com.au/bikes11/sport/aspire. We are considering it for all-around duties - from commuting to XC/AM riding. The drivetrain is:
Crankset: Shimano M-552-10 42 x 32 x 22T SML, MED (170m), LGE, XL (175mm)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano cartridge with external bearings
FD Shimano SLX DYNA-SYS, 3 x 10 speed
RD Shimano SLX DYNA-SYS shadow 10 speed
Shifters Shimano 3 x 10 speed trigger shift
Cassette Shimano SLX DYNA-SYS 11-34T
Not a complete info, but a couple of questions there:
(1) The bike has less gear range than typical 9speed MTB, because of smaller big chainring. So, not only the components are thinner than 9speed (wear or break faster or easier), probably fidlier to adjust, they are not doing the same job. I realise that it's just ~5% lower gearing on the very top, but still.. Do I miss something here, or is this just a marketing exercise? Frankly, I'd be happier seeing 2x10 setup here instead, with 11-36 cassette.
(2) Should we consider replacing chain with Shimano with powerlink, or Sram - I'm not sure about KMC?
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