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  • Originally posted by Sleeping in EQ View Post
    I am re-outfitting my old mission bike, a Univega Alpina Pro. If I want to go mid-upper range on shifters, suspension, derailleur, rims, tires, bars, etc. what are some reasonable options?

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    For drivetrain, go to a 1 x (1 gear in front, 11 to 12 gears in back). No front derailleur to worry about anymore. Shimano SLX or SRAM NX are the lowest I would go for good reliability.

    You might have a hard time finding new wheels and tires that are 26", use rim brakes, and fit the old quick release system. Start watching for deals on craigslist, eBay, or Facebook marketplace. Same with a suspension fork. They just don't make new parts for 26" wheels anymore.

    Don't worry about bars, stems, seatpost, etc., unless yours are broken, or you want a different position (more upright, etc.).

    A new seat might important.

    I rebuild an old Ibis Mojo steel hardtail abuot 10 years ago. It was easier then, with more 26" wheel parts, including new RockShox forks. Parts are getting harder to find.
    Last edited by chrisrenrut; 06-07-2021, 06:33 PM.

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      • Originally posted by chrisrenrut View Post

        For drivetrain, go to a 1 x (1 gear in front, 11 to 12 gears in back). No front derailleur to worry about anymore. Shimano SLX or SRAM NX are the lowest I would go for good reliability.

        You might have a hard time finding new wheels and tires that are 26", use rim brakes, and fit the old quick release system. Start watching for deals on craigslist, eBay, or Facebook marketplace. Same with a suspension fork. They just don't make new parts for 26" wheels anymore.

        Don't worry about bars, stems, seatpost, etc., unless yours are broken, or you want a different position (more upright, etc.).

        A new seat might important.

        I rebuild an old Ibis Mojo steel hardtail abuot 10 years ago. It was easier then, with more 26" wheel parts, including new RockShox forks. Parts are getting harder to find.
        Thanks.

        Do I have other options on the wheels if I'm willing to forego the old quick release system?

        My frame is in superb condition and that's where the sentimental value is too.
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        • Originally posted by Sleeping in EQ View Post

          Thanks.

          Do I have other options on the wheels if I'm willing to forego the old quick release system?

          My frame is in superb condition and that's where the sentimental value is too.
          Probably not. The 26” wheel size is going to be the limiting factor. Most 26” wheel sets used the old quick release system anyways. Check out Facebook for some vintage mountain bike group in your area there is one in Utah. There is also a BIke Collective in SLC and Ogden that people donate old bikes and parts to. If you have something similar in your area, it might be a good source for parts.
          Last edited by chrisrenrut; 06-08-2021, 07:16 AM.

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          • Originally posted by chrisrenrut View Post

            Probably not. The 26” wheel size is going to be the limiting factor. Most 26” wheel sets used the old quick release system anyways. Check out Facebook for some vintage mountain bike group in your area there is one in Utah. There is also a BIke Collective in SLC and Ogden that people donate old bikes and parts to. If you have something similar in your area, it might be a good source for parts.
            And when he visits the Treasure Valley, he can go to the Boise Bicycle Project.
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