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

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Liam Mercer

Tech Editor here at Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as revelling in cycling's intricacies. Whether it's gravel, mountain, or e-MTB as long as it's a bike on dirt, he's happy.


3 years 7 months 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.