Hello, I found some helpful postings on here before buying, thought I would register and say hello and ask some questions I have.
I recently had my mtb stolen, after riding in orange county, ca trails and moved to LA, decided to purchase something for the bike paths and commuting around the city.. I was looking at the sirrus but decided to go with the escape 2, it felt right, fast and light.. I also live near Wheel World who had tons in stock ready to go.
Having a city/road/bike path bike is fairly new to me, I wanted to start with the ground up, but I also always have upgrade bugs, and a love for ebay and nationwide craigslist searches.. so I would like to know what to look for and what would be some good compatible parts to seek out used/new or at good prices which would be good upgrades down the road. I'm also seeking advice on what to look for and where I would notice the upgrades.
I've been using findthebest dot com to compare the escape 2 up to the 0 and the rapid 2 and rapid 1 just to see differences.
Fork: Seems the Escape 2 comes with a heavy steel fork, how do I get the exact measurements or what would be compatible/worthy fork upgrades to get a lighter fork on there? Any suggest parts or brands to seek out? How do I make sure I get the exact size/measurements?
Crankset : SR Suntour Alloy, 28/38/48 comes on the bike stock, I read some postings about how its not worth upgrading to the S650 or changing to the Octolink setup, but what would be a better upgrade down the road, and would it be a smoother pedal feel/bearings/etc? Keeping the tooth sizes the same are there any suggested upgrades and would I notice a big difference?
Brakes : One thing I've been trying to research, the bike comes with Alloy Direct Pull, I seek dual pivot's might be a nice upgrade, Tektro's? or other.. I see there are different models for small/big tires and long /short.. what would be the correct Tektro upgrade for Dual Pivot or another brand/suggestion to upgrade the brakes to dual pivot?
Brake Levers: Are there different types and models to try to see if I like something better? or they all operate the same but are just lighter?
Handlebars : I see Giant has another line called the connect, I saw 2-3 on fleabay, what is the correct size or what would be a lighter or good handlebar upgrade to look for if I found a good deal or used one?
Stem : My stock stem seems to be 90 ~15deg, assuming I am happy with the fitment can I find a similar Giant Connect piece or what brands/parts would be a lighter upgrade to look for? I See this can go from 300g to 100g easily and are all drastically different.
Seatpost : What would be a decent 27.2 upgrade to look out for? I see these thudbusters used for $70, new $130 or so.. these something worth trying for 10-20mi beach trail rides and city riding on rough streets? or is there a decent suspension seat? I saw some people upgrade to RYDE or some other brands?
Rims : I found some people selling some upgraded Giant Rims, I'm assuming you can get any rim in 700c for road bikes? I see the Escape 2 comes with very basic alloy wheels.. what would be the next step in rims? will I see better braking and acceleration with lighter wheels? wha t exactly will I notice?
Tires : I plan to get some wear out of the stock Giant S-X3's first, but I am curious what people have been using for some good puncture resistent tires for beach paths and street. It was suggested to me to get better tires with the puncture protection versus tuffy liners.