which upgrade??

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Northern_Monkey13
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which upgrade??

Postby Northern_Monkey13 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 20:59 pm

Alrigt all, so the bike has deore front and rear mechs, but a standard tapered shimano crank,avid juicy 3 brakes and RS Dart2 forks and i have the upgrade bug!!
I did think of changing the wheels, but after advice on here & looking into it, unless i spend a few quid im not going to get much lighter then what i got which seems pointless so might as well service more frequently to keep them running smooth.
So that made me think of changing mechs & crank but as im still fairly new i might as well wait till they break or wear & then upgrade to a better model.
So this left me with the thought of changing the spongy avid juicy 3 brakes to something like the Shimano slx which from what i read will give me better breaking power, increase my confidence and easier servicing or change the Dart2 shoxs to something better lighter. (dart2 have standard qr and 1 1/8")
So what you guys think??

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Cqc » Thu Mar 20, 2014 21:01 pm

I would go for the forks as the darts are pretty pathetic, Reba's maybe. I love my avid juicys, they're not spongy at all, but if yours are try bleeding them before upgrading

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby supersonic » Thu Mar 20, 2014 21:08 pm

Chuck the darts for Rebas, as above. What is the frame though?

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Mar 20, 2014 21:16 pm

Rebas

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Northern_Monkey13 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 21:20 pm

yeah they've been bleed but never felt the same, rear one always seems worse.
its a trek frame

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby supersonic » Thu Mar 20, 2014 21:26 pm

Stanadard head tube size? There could be other options.

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Northern_Monkey13 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 21:36 pm

i can only assume but we know assumptions are the cause of all......

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Mar 21, 2014 07:15 am

It appears there are at least 13 Northern Monkeys

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Diddly » Fri Mar 21, 2014 08:56 am

leave the mechs alone. replace the forks first then the cranks with an external BB too (assuming the frame is ok). have you thought about carbon bars or a dropper post? if you're gonna spend a fair bit on upgrades it might be better to just get or a whole new bike? Might be more cost effective in the long run to get a Canyon or something similarly good value.
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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Giraffoto » Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:12 pm

Spend the money where you'll notice the results - and the fork is a good place to start. Leave the crankset upgrade until the old one breaks, you almost certainly won't notice the difference much (if at all). New Deore brakes are terrific value, but compare it to the cost of getting your LBS to thoroughly bleed your current set and put some new pads in before you commit
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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Northern_Monkey13 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 13:35 pm

I've changed my bars to easton 711mm carbon ones with peaty ls grips and a spank 40mm stem (which I may look at trying a 55mm one) which made a massive difference esp the stem as I can now get right over the seat now.
Sounds like the forks will be best thing to change esp on the weight side of things as well.
So Is there any other manufacturers that does a fork that matches the Rock shox reba.
Plus is there a massive advantage to having a switch to lock out the suspension on the handle bars?

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby Chunkers1980 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 13:54 pm

No, not for the cost.

No, just not having to lean down.

On the bars and stem - can't you mess with some spacers and twisting the bars through their arc to get a similar effect to a longer stem?

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Re: which upgrade??

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Mar 21, 2014 14:52 pm

Only problem with replacing forks first is that they will have to be qr unless you change the wheels as well.
Might be better to change the wheels for something like a set of superstar wheels which take adapters for different size axles then when you upgrade the forks you can get a bigger axle for more front end stiffness.


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