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tiglon84
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Postby tiglon84 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:27 am

I started cycling 3 weeks ago, with a second hand (but very good condition) Merida Race Lite 900. I've been doing what I consider to be pretty good mileage, over 100 miles a week, with my longest ride being 94 miles, and seem to be making decent improvement with every ride (23 Strava PR's on a 30 mile ride this morning), but still a long, long way from being what anyone would consider fast.

http://www.merida-bikes.com/en_gb/bike/ ... e+Lite+900

I'm tempted to upgrade a few things at the end of the month, but not sure what would give the most improvement. My budget isn't huge, so I'm considering perhaps a pair of new wheels at around the £200 mark, or even a Tiagra 4600 groupset at just under £300.

What would make the most difference to the feel of the bike, and is it even worth upgrading this bike? Would it be more sensible just to save and buy a whole new bike instead?

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Re: Upgrade

Postby simonhead » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:33 am

Wheels will be the better upgrade. However I would save the money and run the wheels over the winter then upgrade next spring with a slightly more expensive set having saved a bit more, use the stock wheels for winter / wet weather riding.
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Re: Upgrade

Postby keef66 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:54 am

As above, there's nothing wrong with the bike you have; I'd just ride the thing through the winter as it is. If you really must treat yourself to an upgrade, get some better tyres. For year round use I'd recommend Conti GP 4 Seasons in 25mm if the frame has clearance. A lighter, racier (but less sturdy) option would be GP 4000s. Search on here for What Tyre type threads, they come up frequently.

Come next spring if you're still itching to part with £200, a lighter pair of wheels would be the most obvious way of improving the ride (and you can keep the original wheels as spares / winter use / turbo)

tiglon84
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Re: Upgrade

Postby tiglon84 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 22:44 pm

Thanks for the advice, even though I'm partially ignoring it and going for some Planet X Model B's at £150.00.

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Re: Upgrade

Postby SloppySchleckonds » Thu Aug 22, 2013 09:18 am

Waist of money.
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tiglon84
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Re: Upgrade

Postby tiglon84 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 09:49 am

SloppySchleckonds wrote:Waist of money.


Could you explain why?

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Re: Upgrade

Postby keef66 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:38 am

SloppySchleckonds wrote:Waist of money.


Is that one of those money belt things?

I guess he's suggesting they ain't much of an upgrade over what you've already got on the bike?

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Re: Upgrade

Postby tiglon84 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:47 am

From all the information I can find on the two sets of wheels, the PX ones seem much better.

The reviews I've read on the bike point to it being a good frame, with bottom of the range finishing kit so I'm a little confused as to why no one thinks it's worth upgrading anything.

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Re: Upgrade

Postby keef66 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:25 am

Nobody said it's not worth upgrading, just that it would be more sensible to run the existing kit through the wet, salty, gritty winter then buy some blingy light bits next spring. Planet X model B's had a reputation for cheap bearings with iffy seals, but the bearings are easy to replace if they do go.

Wheels and tyres are generally regarded as being the best place to spend your upgrade budget. After that it's rapidly diminishing returns.

I only replace stuff when it breaks or wears out.

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Re: Upgrade

Postby buzzwold » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:31 am

Tiglon

It is a good frame, but if you upgrade too much you'll spend more than buying a new better bike. However, you will notice the difference improved wheels and tyres will make. I'd also advise spending now as the sales are on and some of the cheaper upgrades, Fulcrum 7's for example, run out quick. If you've not committed to Planet X see if there are any reviews on it before buying. Also try looking at Merlin Cycles and also Wiggle to see what's on offer and then research these wheels as well. T'internet will help with this.
Final advice is that these forums are full of people that will tell you that what you have bought/thinking of buying is wrong. Ignore that advice. Do some on-line research and then go for it. Make sure with the wheels you're buying lighter and smoother.
Hope that helps. I was where you are 15 months ago. Now saving for the full bike upgrade.
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Re: Upgrade

Postby diamonddog » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:35 am

Nothing wrong with Model B's in IME

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Re: Upgrade

Postby Supermurph09 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:49 am

If your budget was £300, stick that down as a deposit on their http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CBP ... _road_bike and then £700 balance / 12 months = £58 per month :)

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Re: Upgrade

Postby tiglon84 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 08:47 am

Very tempting Supermurph09, but I'm not one ot go for finance. If I get a new bike it'll be in a few months or next year when I can buy it outright.

The problem I find doing research is that there doesn't seem to me many reviews of bikes or bike parts out there on the internet. I google various wheels etc and find nothing, other than places to buy them.

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Re: Upgrade

Postby diamonddog » Fri Aug 23, 2013 08:54 am

tiglon84 wrote:Very tempting Supermurph09, but I'm not one ot go for finance. If I get a new bike it'll be in a few months or next year when I can buy it outright.

The problem I find doing research is that there doesn't seem to me many reviews of bikes or bike parts out there on the internet. I google various wheels etc and find nothing, other than places to buy them.


I have run the AL30 (Model B's) for a year now that came with the bike and they have been great. At £150 a pair with a weight of around 1650gm IMHO they are really good vfm. If you're looking for some with a higher spoke count then look at the Model C's. :)

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Re: Upgrade

Postby tiglon84 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 18:49 pm

Spoke count shouldn't be an issue for me, I'm very thin, probably around 65kg.

Fitted my first upgrade today - clipless pedals! Immediately took 4 minutes off my 10 mile PR. At only £40 for pedals and shoes, I doubt I'll find anything else that will make me so much faster for so little cash. Still gonna buy the wheels though...

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Re: Upgrade

Postby cougie » Fri Aug 23, 2013 21:36 pm

You started riding three weeks ago and you're up to 94 mile rides ?
I don't think you should upgrade anything. You're doing brilliantly well.

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Re: Upgrade

Postby nochekmate » Fri Aug 23, 2013 21:58 pm

Riding more will improve your times considerably and what's more it costs you nothing - just time!


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