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    Early 2000 GT Avalanche 3.0 rear freewheel/cassette...

    What happening everyone? So I was thinking about going to a single front gear, and changing the back end too. Right now I have a 7 gear rear, and was thinking it might be wise to up to a 10 or 11 rear.

    My questions are:

    1. Will my stock hub allow for an 11 gear setup? I mean, 4 more gears on what I have take up room width wise.

    2. Can I just remove the 3 ring front and put a single ring on front with any adapters? I don't ever use the low and high front gear rings, so the middle is roughly the size I would want.

    3. Recommendations... Please recommend and single gear for front, rear freewheel/cassette, and chain brand to change to.

    Thanks

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    Your stock hub won't allow for an 11 speed set up, even if you tried swapping out the freehub body.

    It is a strong "maybe" that you can convert a 3x crankset to a single. There's a generic 32T chainring out there but you'd have to know your crankset's BCD since I don't. You may run into problems performing a 1x conversion such as chainline issues because your original crankset was meant for a 7-8 speed cassette. Besides, SR Suntour sells a very solid 1x crankset that also includes a bottom bracket.

    I'd recommend the SR Suntour Zeron 1x 30T crankset.
    https://www.srsuntour.com/collection...nt=45338041742

    Wheelset
    This will accommodate an 8-10 speed rear cassette:
    https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...-edition-vl-zl

    Generic narrow wide chainring:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/DECKAS-Bike...GMl6379Ap14IAA

    I've used the budget parts and tried conversions several times and in all honesty, save yourself the time and headache of trying to get ridiculously cheap and rather just save some money, have some patience and do it right and brand new the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yfrnaks View Post
    Your stock hub won't allow for an 11 speed set up, even if you tried swapping out the freehub body.

    It is a strong "maybe" that you can convert a 3x crankset to a single. There's a generic 32T chainring out there but you'd have to know your crankset's BCD since I don't. You may run into problems performing a 1x conversion such as chainline issues because your original crankset was meant for a 7-8 speed cassette. Besides, SR Suntour sells a very solid 1x crankset that also includes a bottom bracket.

    I'd recommend the SR Suntour Zeron 1x 30T crankset.
    https://www.srsuntour.com/collection...nt=45338041742

    Wheelset
    This will accommodate an 8-10 speed rear cassette:
    https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...-edition-vl-zl

    Generic narrow wide chainring:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/DECKAS-Bike...GMl6379Ap14IAA

    I've used the budget parts and tried conversions several times and in all honesty, save yourself the time and headache of trying to get ridiculously cheap and rather just save some money, have some patience and do it right and brand new the first time.
    Awesome, Thanks for the reply and info. I am rather new to the MTB modification game. I have been riding this bike since 2003. I would love to get a new 29er as I am 6'6", 260lbs, but money isnt there now.

    Thanks again.

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    No problem.

    GT has a pretty good product line up at a lower price point than last year. GT does offer an Avalanche 9r for tall folks like yourself but you may even want consider 27.5 GTs too since they look pretty durable and the reviews have been positive.

    GT Aggressor at Dick's Sporting Goods
    https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...ggrssrprxxxprf

    GT Avalanche Sport at America's Bike Company
    https://www.americasbikecompany.com/...nche-sport.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by yfrnaks View Post
    No problem.

    GT has a pretty good product line up at a lower price point than last year. GT does offer an Avalanche 9r for tall folks like yourself but you may even want consider 27.5 GTs too since they look pretty durable and the reviews have been positive.

    GT Aggressor at Dick's Sporting Goods
    https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...ggrssrprxxxprf

    GT Avalanche Sport at America's Bike Company
    https://www.americasbikecompany.com/...nche-sport.htm
    Hey,

    I was thinking and I am not too hung up on GT. Its been a GREAT bike, but what other bikes would compare at the price point you posted on the other GT's above? Trek? Nishiki? etc.

    Thanks

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    That should open up some new roads for you then. Two other brands that offer relatively good valued bikes up to $1500 pricepoint are Raleigh and Diamondback. Trek, Specialized and the other big brands have a great product but you will pay more for their bikes than ones of a different brand and very comparable set of specifications. The ASI corporate brands like Fuji and Marin are well priced but have a certain look of cheapness to them in which if I chose an alternate brand, I would easily run with a Diamondback.

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    Thanks yfrnaks

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