Upgrade cranks, chain, gears on a Carrera Vengeance MTB
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hanssh



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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 12:25 am    Post subject: Upgrade cranks, chain, gears on a Carrera Vengeance MTB Reply with quote

I have a Halfords Carrera Vengeance 2011/12 bike:

Carrera Vengeance Mountain Bike 2011/2012 The Carrera Vengeance Mountain Bike will have you powering up steep hills and across rugged trails in no time. It has a Suntour XCM-V3 suspension fork which soaks up bumps like a sponge, and its SRAM 24-speed gears will make the afore-mentioned hills a piece of cake.

Approximate Weight (KG): 14.6kg

Forks: Suntour XCM-V3

Frame Material: Alloy

Front Brake: Tektro IO Mechanical disc brake

Number of Gears: 24

Rear Brake: Tektro IO Mechanical disc brake

Wheel Size: 26"

Cassette: 11-32T

Chainset: SRAM S200 3.0 chainset

Fork Lock-out: No

Fork travel: 100mm

Frame Colour: Satin Gunmetal

Front Mech: Shimano FD-M190

Gear Shifters: SRAM X4 trigger shifters

Gender: Mens

Handle Bars: Alloy oversize riser bars (30mm rise) (31.8mm diameter)

Headset: Semi integrated

Hubs: Alloy with Q/R

Pedals: Wellgo alloy platform

Quick Release Front Wheel: Yes

Quick Release Rear Wheel: Yes

Rear Mech: SRAM X4 rear mech

Rims: Double wall alloy rims

Saddle: Carrera

Seatpost: 350mm Alloy 31.6

Stem: Ahead aluminium stem

Suspension: Front

Tyres: Kenda Tyres

But the gears are quite bad IMHO. It takes a lot of force to switch gears. I'd also prefer bigger cranks as I pedal on roads a lot. I'm perfectly happy with the brakes and the fork.

I'm looking to buying a set online, e.g. from https://www.merlincycles.com/groupsets-81168/ , but they come in a million sizes. How do I find one that will fit my bike? I'm ready to spend up to 300 pounds.

I know I can buy a better bike, but this one has sentimental value for me.
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CarnaptiousB'Stard



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand that the bike has sentimental value to you,but being brutally honest,it would be like putting lipstick on a pig.
Reading through the spec,I would replace 90 % of the components to make it trail worthy.
Sure,you could do that.
But at the end of the day it's still a Carrera Vengeance .
I'm sorry.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="CarnaptiousB'Stard"]I understand that the bike has sentimental value to you,but being brutally honest,it would be like putting lipstick on a pig. quote]

That's a piggest statment. Whats wrong with pigs wearing a bit of lippy, it makes them so much more attractive. Power to the pigs I say Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnus wrote:


That's a piggest statment. Whats wrong with pigs wearing a bit of lippy, it makes them so much more attractive. Power to the pigs I say Laughing Laughing Laughing


Laughing Laughing
Have you been watching Deliverance ?
After I posted,I felt that I had maybe been a bit harsh.
There is value of a personal nature attached,so making it better whilst keeping it means it's to be used in the right way.
My motto is "as long as someone climbs on a bike,no matter what it is,it's all good"

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