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Topic: Upgrading Vert V8

Posted on: 27th Apr 2015 12:01 PM    Quote and Reply

hi

just got a vert v8 and was thinking of changing to:

kinetix comp wheelset (i will be buying 74 to 100mm and 130 to 135mm adapters)
9 speed cassette
sora 9 speed derailleur
sora 9 speed flatbar shifter
9 speed chain
tektro caliper brakes (do i need the extra long version?)
 
 
  
will this work? any comments?
anybody have experience upgrading their vert v8 ?

Thanks!
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Posted on: 28th Apr 2015 3:35 PM    Quote and Reply


Hi, I got an upgraded V8 too, but I got it upgraded at the bicyclesg shop, so my choice was limited to the the default items - Acera rear D, and Java Decaf wheelseet.

I didn't realise that there are 74 to 100mm and 130 to 135mm adapters available. Can share some links or info on where to get them?
 

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Posted on: 28th Apr 2015 4:28 PM    Quote and Reply


hi 

i saw their upgraded version too, but thought i would do it myself to have better choice of parts. 


also upgrading part by part feels less heavy on pocket. lol.





  i saw those adaptors on taobao. 

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.24.xbP3F8&id=38826832549

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Posted on: 29th Apr 2015 4:58 PM    Quote and Reply


Thanks for the link!
I like the looks of some of the low spoke count wheelset like the kinetix pro, but the nice once i seen are all for V brakes.

My other upgrades on my Vert has been mild ones - litepro handlebar, seatpost, and crank/chainring. All from taobao.
i will order a stem for it soon. I had a stem on my other foldie, and really like the riding position and reach during my first 70km outing with it. 

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Posted on: 29th Apr 2015 7:07 PM    Quote and Reply


Cool. I wanted to get a 2nd hand kinetix comp. Budget upgrades. He he.

Was going to get a seat post from taobao too.
Not sure about changing the crank/bb. How did you change it?

What size and brand did you get? Can share the link?

Wouldn't putting a stem make you reach further in front? Wouldn't it affect the fold too?

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Posted on: 29th Apr 2015 9:49 PM    Quote and Reply


This is the Litepro chainring and crank that I bought.
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=40258632513&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
I didn't change the bottom bracket. I think I won't change the bb - the stock one seems to be smooth enough for me.
I used a crank puller tool and some videos on youtube.
They are 790g. stock one - i don't know coz i wasn't able to get the pedals off.

This is the litepro seatpost that i bought.
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=36450118838&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
326g (litepro) vs 475g (stock)
The litepro one is longer than the stock, but i think the max rated loading might be 80kg.

litepro handlepost
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=36450138108&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
166g (litepro) vs 250g (stock)

This is the stem that i bought for my other bike. I will buy a gold one to match my vert.
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=35840409554&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
Not too sure how it will affect the fold, as I hardly fold the frame. I only fold down the handlebar when storing it on my bike hangar. 
The current reach is too short for me, as I want a more aero position.

I posted the weight above just for information. the small weight change actually didn't bother me. I bought them due to aesthetic reasons :)
 

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Posted on: 29th Apr 2015 9:53 PM    Quote and Reply


Oh, I witnessed the stock pedals breaking last weekend. My friend was in the tallest gear, and got off the saddle to mash the pedals at an upslope. One of the pedals just snapped.

Can consider changing to something beefier, like the pedal in this link (item T 2)
http://list.qoo10.sg/item/BICYCLE-BAG-ROSWHEEL-BICYCLE-ACCESSORIES/410029342
The folding catch is metal instead of plastic.

Personally, I think if you use the correct gears to keep your cadence high, the stock pedals will be fine.

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Posted on: 29th Apr 2015 11:08 PM    Quote and Reply


thanks for the links!

yea i was gonna get that seatpost...

i probably wont change the crank alone if i wasnt going to change the bb.. i think that would be quite some time down the road.. 

how is he?

maybe getting this pedal
http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.52.433kGv&id=20726004657&ns=1&abbucket=13 

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Posted on: 29th Apr 2015 11:33 PM    Quote and Reply


My friend fumbled on his bike when he broke his pedal, but he managed to cushion the fall. no injuries or cuts.

I saw aluminium quick release pedals at a shop going for $70+ or $90+. I thought they were quite nice. They detach from the bike instead of folding down. I wouldn't buy them at that price though.
However, I when changed the pedals of my road bike with clipless, i realised that my road bike pedals are this type of quick release.
so just nice - I just transferred them to my Vert V8. 

I think the Vert's stock crank is quite allright.  I changed it because I moved the Vert's crank and chainring to my Aeloca (can't stand the silver chainring of the aeloca)

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Posted on: 30th Apr 2015 6:05 AM    Quote and Reply


Should be either the wellgo one or the MKS pedal, these 2 are the only quick release i know of. the vert 8 stock crank is ok. the vert 6 one is terrible, which  involved in my past bad experience in the vert 6 bike

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Posted on: 30th Apr 2015 8:41 AM    Quote and Reply


that's quite lucky of him.
 
probably should include pedals as part of my 1st upgrade.

i dont think i would buy them at 70 bucks though.

 
thanks for your feedback on the crank.
yea no plans to change the crank at the moment.   

  
aero?

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