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06-28-01, 06:08 AM
This past christmas, i was given a mongoose zero G. Granted its not the best of bikes, but it does what i want it to do. Any suggestions on modifications and upgradeable components for it?
any help would be greatley appreciated!!
Let us know what it's currently got, and someone here will be able to advise you as to how to upgrade it.
In general, I've found the best upgrade apart from the frame, is the wheels..a really light/strong pair, depending on what type of riding you'd be doing on it, is usually a great upgrade :)
Hope you enjoy the forums
06-28-01, 07:16 AM
if you don't already have them,
the #1 upgrade to any mtb.
welcome to the world of dirt :)
06-28-01, 10:35 AM
Hi MD. Welcome to BikeForums.
I agree with Poptart. If you are mainly an XC rider I think the best upgrade you can make to a bike are clipless pedals.
06-28-01, 10:41 AM
you Guys rule! I mean, i ve talked to soo many people about this and havent got a straight answer. Very glad i found the forums. Thanks for the advise! My main concern is to make the bike lighter and more durable. all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you soo much!
Some good ways to drop some weight off a bike are, change the stock seatpost, stem, bars, bottom bracket and cassette. This is were a lot of bike makers save money. That said the most effective place to lose weight is tires and rims. Upgrading your fork is the upgrade you will notice the most.
07-07-01, 05:49 AM
But then if you upgrade all those parts, you'll end up with a complete set of bike part enough to build a new one, my suggestion is just to enjoy your bike and save enough money so that you will be able to buy a bike of your dream
07-07-01, 05:52 AM
Almost forgot to tell you Welcome to BFC
Originally posted by MDspeed
My main concern is to make the bike lighter and more durable.
I would definitely follow Rich's advice above, and go for new wheels. Rotating weight (especially in the wheels) is much, much more noticeable than static weight on a bike. Ever notice how you can carry a pretty big load and it doesn't feel as heavy as you thought it would? It's not rotating! Tie a string to a small weight and notice how heavy it feels: now swing it around in the air and notice how the weight seems to multiply.
And good wheels will make your bike much more durable in practical terms, too, for they will resist bending when you hit obstacles and will stay in true much longer than cheaper ones.
After you get new wheels, make sure your tires are inflated fully unless you need less pressure sometimes for special conditions. That way, you'll avoid lots of flats and that, too, will protect the rims.
07-07-01, 09:16 AM
I,m on with Rich & JonR, go for light and stiff wheels, the acceleration is faster, short turns become easier and they are more comfortable.
And yes, if you want a cheaper investment, go for the upgrade # 1 like Poptart mentioned, the clipless pedals.
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