i am new to the forum. i have an 89, i think, maybe early 90s, hardrock that i purchased recently to replace one that i had stolen from me in college. i really loved that bike, so when i saw another on craigslist for 100 bucks i couldn't resist. since then i have replaced the wheel set with one from a mid 90s cannondale m-600 (slightly lighter, way better hubs) and purchased some cross style tires. i also put some avid shorty ultimate brakes on it...i dont want this bike to be a terrible money pit, but i cant help but wonder if it would be worth while to change out the drive train on it. as is, it is stock: sugino crankset and derailleur. at some point someone had changed out the brake levers and shifters for newer shimano rapid fire/v brake type.
i have a donor bike, the mid 90s cannondale, it needs a fork...devolution headset, bars...ect....and since i cant be sure i will like the geometry i haven't pulled the trigger on anything for it. the components on that bike are newer than the specialized (but from what i understand fairly low end) shimano stx series....now the question is, is it worth it to pull the components off the cannondale and put them on the old hardrock?
i use the bike primarily for riding the greenway, which is a paved, or mostly paved, bike and pedestrian trail here in the city, and there are some killer hills to combat in a few places. eventually id like to build the cannondale out because its so freaking light...but i already know that project is going to be quite costly...and if its already costly...why not get a new drive-train for it and put the old one on another bike? suggestions?
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