Trek 4300 MTB to hybrid
I have been converting my Trek 4300 (i really like the bike) to more of a hybrid. Changed - tires to 1 1/4 " road tires, extended stem to raise handlebars 2" (I like the more upright position), new seat. I would like some advise re the crank gearing (currently it is 42 - 34- 24) and the cassette (11 - 32 8speed). Would it make sense to change the gearing? I ride paved streets and paved bike trails usually fairly flat terrain. I am looking for more speed on flat surfaces. Has anyone had experience with this type of modification or does anyone have advise?
If my objective is not reasonable, and a new bike is in order, i would be happy to receive suggestions.
The shops in my area have different opinions -
Thanks for your help