I have recently (past 6 months) made a return to mountain biking after being VERY into it in my teens (some 10 years ago..how time flies). I have been completely ‘out of the loop’ for the entire 10 years, and I have some MASSIVE catching up to do in terms of technology, components, etc etc.
I need some help/advice/guidance/alloftheabove. I have dusted off my 10 year old (apparently now known as ‘vintage’) Maxlight, and to be fair, it’s still doing well on the trails, and I’m easily able to keep up with the rest of the group, both uphill and down hill. HOWEVER, I have realised that I need/want to upgrade a few things, because I’m not really in the position to get a new bike, plus I genuinely don’t think I need one, if I spend a little bit of money on ye olde Maxlight.
So after a very long introduction (sorry) the first and most important thing on my list is brakes, and upgrading do some hydro discs. My first question would be whether there is a big enough benefit of buying Shimano SLX or XT over good ole Deore? I am slightly weight conscious, however I am VERY price conscious.
My next question would be whether I need a specific style or size of rotor? I think size wise 180 up front and 160 at the back seems ok?
And FINALLY… I have ‘vintage’ Bomber forks (2002) that have a disc mount, but I’m noticing that discs now seem to be ‘post mounted’? Is this a new type of mount, and would I need an adapter for that age fork?
Oh and ONE other question (sorry)… I currently have Deore shifters and brake lever in one… would I need to get new shifters to fit the new disc lever?
Thanks in advance for any help….I have a feeling there may be a few more questions coming everyones way too at some point….