OK, so I know that a lot of folks here have Trek bikes - and so do I. When I decided to ride, I went out and checked around - a very, very little. I "knew" I wanted a front suspension and disc brakes. Why doesn't matter here, but it's what I had in my head.
I had $1000 to spend and figured the $609 (plus tax) and the other stuff I needed meant the DS 8.3 was the bike for me.
300 miles later, I find I really wish I'd bought a FX - or a more road-oriented bike, period. I also wish I'd left the "stuff" for later and bought a bit higher. To that end, I've upgraded tires to more road oriented Marathon Supremes (700x35), which I love.
So here's my question, I'm definitely going to purchase a road bike in the summer. I'm going to keep the DS and I'm thinking of upgrading it. When I discussed this with the seller of the bike, I was met with blank stares and when pushed, a 'why?' attitude. Why would you spend $300 more on a $600 bike? I was thinking of upgrading the cranks, both derailleurs, and the cassette, shifters and chain to Deore. About $245 in parts and my real (local) lbs, who is a bike mech shop first, then a bike sales shop, said about $100-125 to install and set it up.
I get the 44/32/22 crank, which I really need for the hills, plus a 9sp instead of 8. <- these are really the goal. I know I can get an 8-sp crank that can replace existing one (48/36/28) and leave the rest alone.
I've read a lot of top end bikes within a manufacturer often have the same frame and the differentiators are the component levels. I know the 8.3 is NOT a top level bike and I'm not suggesting that. What I am wondering is if the frame I do have is worthy of these upgrades. Should I continue to spend money on it or sell it for the loss and buy a higher end hybrid? I just don't know enough ..to know. You know? Should I just change out the crankset for the lower gears and leave the rest?
Suggestions are welcome.