Trek 6000 (2000 model) front derailleur
The front derailleur is shot and I need to replace it with an XT or XTR, anyone know what type I need? top pull, bottom pull, etc.
Also, I am debating whether I should get a comfort bike like a trek 7200, or convert my bike to a comfort bike.
No longer 26
How is it "shot? I have never worn out a front der. Broken on the other hand...
You should be able to find a bottom swing/top pull LX level that will fit your needs as well at XT(R) for much cheaper.
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That looks like an 8 speed setup to me. If this is the case then you want to be running an 8 speed specific front derailleur. A 9 speed unit will bolt up but will not give you optimum performance for a number of reasons. I would recommend the Shimano Alivio M412 top swing dual pull derailleur to replace your old one (should run you $20). Your local bike shop should be able to obtain one easily if they don't have one in stock.
As far as turning you current bike into a hybrid I would say get the 7200. For the amount of money you would need to spend to make it a reality you are better off sinking the cash into a new bike. Then you have a mountain bike still for dirt rides or a backup bike or one to loan to friends who come to stay, etc. Otherwise you are looking at a set of bars $20-40, a new full set of cables and housing $40, and a set of tires $40-60, plus the labor to install everything $60-80. That's $220 at the upper end. Most shops sell the 7200 for $399. Not to mention the dirty looks you are likely to receive from the shop guy's when you tell them what you want to do. So anyway I would say spring for the new rig and leave the old one as is. You could probably even sell it on craigslist for $100-150 and come out money ahead when all said and done.