My Felt niner gets some new drivetrain parts

So after dropping the niner into Broken Spoke for a tune up Mark informed me that my front chainring was “only good for scoring pork” and that I’d need to get a new one. This seemed like a good excuse to buy a bunch of shiny new parts!

The old chain ring was an e.thirteen 36t and for its replacement I decided to go for a 37t instead. It ought to let me get a little more speed out of my 1×10 setup without crippling me on climbs.

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Also on the order was a Race Face ‘Chester’ 175mm crankset and BB, along with Shimano ‘Saint’ flat pedals and Race Face ‘Half Nelson’ lock-on grips.  All lovely looking kit.

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After a little ordering error and eventually getting Mark the right size cranks for my frame he threw it all together along with a new chain and derailleur cable. I need a new rear cassette too, but there wasn’t a 10 speed on the shelf and I wanted the bike asap so it can wait for another day.

First test was a quick lap around Little Paxton nature reserve, and the bike felt great. Whether this was down to all the new parts or just the tune-up at Broken Spoke, I don’t know (hopefully a combination of both!).

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The bike had never ridden so nice, there were a couple of minor things to tweak (shifter/brake lever angle) but really couldn’t be happier with all the new parts and overall feel.

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Now I’ve got the bike sorted I’ll be heading over to Chicksands with Andy tomorrow for my first visit to their bike park. Should be good!

// Matt

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