Which budget upgrade makes you faster? - Marin Bobcat cheap bike upgrade challenge

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Liam Mercer

Deputy Tech Editor here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as riding them. He's not shy of an enduro here or there and he's equally happy in the winter slop as he is ripping up the summer's dust.


2 years 3 days ago

I've been down this path with my Two Cubed and I'm very happy with it - switching from the Altus double to Deore 5100 11spd was the most worthwhile upgrade for me. A bit lighter, less faff, and more importantly no more dropped chains due to the clutched rear mech and 1x setup. Oddly enough I'm faster on skinny gravel tyres (WTB Senderos) than I am on the TrailBoss it came with but that might be more down to technique than grip.