A poll of Chain Reaction Cycles’ social media followers has revealed a slim majority of riders stick to one brand of groupset instead of mixing and matching their components.
The surprising result emerged after some 700 votes were cast in a 24 hour poll of followers, with 54% voting in favour of maintaining a uniform groupset from one manufacturer.
In contrast, 46% used parts from a variety of makers and hierarchies.
A bike’s groupset consists of shifters, chainset, cassette, deraileurs, brakes, bottom bracket, chain, and cables.
These components are usually created by manufacturers to work best together and arranged into hierarchies of quality and cost.
However, with a solid grasp of mechanical expertise, cyclists can successfully create a unique component mix between hierarchies and even brands after analysing how each of the parts work together.
This can be difficult with unrelated derailleurs and shifters requiring different cable tensions, while cassettes are usually designed to operate most efficiently with specific chains and derailleurs.
However, cyclists continue to prove these restrictions can be overcome with a bit of know-how.
While the poll revealed the amount of mechanical substitution ongoing among riders, those commenting on the poll revealed some of the startling combinations being used on the trails and roads by the cycling community.
Rider Adam Day explained the lengths he’d gone to in order to create the perfect set-up for his needs.
Richard Williams commented how his bike was a true “Frankenstein”, with an X9 derailleur from SRAM, a Deore cassette from Shimano, a KMX chain, with Shimano Zee cranks.
Chain Reaction Cycles’ Facebook follower Simon Critchley posted that both his mountain bike and gravel bike both featured doctored groupsets. His mountain bike is equipped with an XT drive train and shifters paired with Hope brakes, hubs and rims.
His gravel bike, meanwhile, runs Sram Apex brakes, shifters, and rear mech, with a Shimano Tiagra crank, Absolute Black chainring, a Sun Race cassette, and a Hope V2 brake conversion
However, like many cyclists, Jarred Long remains unsure of how much of this mechanical alchemy is being implemented by other riders.
Those with questions about cross compatibility can contact Chain Reaction Cycles customer service team by sending a direct message to the Chain Reaction Cycles’ Facebook group, or by emailing the technical teams using the contact for here.
Find out more about how groupsets work and what set up is right for you with our in-depth guides to groupsets and how the components interact.