I'm talking about the old-school 8-speed Shimergo setup. Currently I'm running a Rival 10sp setup and while it's not bad, I'm wondering about selling it, pocketing some cash and going with the Shimergo setup. 8 speed chains and cassettes are (comparitively) dirt-cheap and possibly more reliable. More reliable would be a good thing as I tend to ride anywhere at anytime and have been known to be abusive at times. In addition the front derailler has been temperamental. All the mechanics say that SRAM's front der. are very finicky.
Keep in mind that I'm in my second season, and a very steady C rider - the two extra cogs aren't really of that much benefit to me.
Any real reasons to stick with the Rival setup instead?
Thanks for the time and input.
I dig my 8 speed shimergo too - reliable, low-maintenance, great in the real muck and I can't help but smile when I replace a cassette and chain for less than $40.
MashinMike has a point though - I'm not saying I miss 10spd, but there is some "space between" with the 8spd. I run a 1x8 - 42t front w/ an 11-30 cassette. big enough gear range to cover anything, but that "perfect" gear isn't always there. It's really the only drawback - and for some folks, it's not even an issue.
I'm not usually a fan of the mix-and-match, frankenbike set-ups ... but shimergo works.