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Old 09-13-10, 06:38 AM   #1
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Upgrading

Hello all,

I have been reading posts on the site for quite some time now and find it very helpful. I just decided to become an active member and ask you more experienced folks for some guidance.
While I realize that it is more about me than the bike, I want to make some improvements to my bike and want to know the best bang for the buck for noticable improvements.
I have a 2010 Giant Defy Alliance 0. This is the version that is half carbon and half aluminum. I like the geometry and it is comfortable, but I am struggling to keep up on some rides and I am looking for any edge I can get on the bike. Granted, I am riding with more experienced riders and we average 18-20 on various rides.
The bike has Mavic Aksium Race wheels and complete 105. I was surprised to find out this weekend that the bike weighs 20.92 lbs. as weighed with saddle and pedals. I would have thought it would be lighter.
I have an opportunity to swap the 105 components for complete Ultegra (new) for $660.00. This alone would shave 8 ounces. The other item I am considering is a new wheel set. However, I am 6 feet tall and weigh 220 lbs. (down from 237 and hoping for 210 soon) and I don't want to buy the wrong wheels that won't support a heavier person.
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Old 09-13-10, 07:38 AM   #2
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Upgrades won't help you much.
Drop your motor to 175 lbs and kick butt on the rides.
$660 for 8 OZ, you kidding.

It is handy to have a second wheel set.
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10-4 on the motor

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Upgrades won't help you much.
Drop your motor to 175 lbs and kick butt on the rides.
$660 for 8 OZ, you kidding.

It is handy to have a second wheel set.
10-4 on the motor. 175 might be tough. I haven't seen it since the 7th grade. I am working on it, but you are right on target because the hills are the toughest part to stay with the pack. They are all very seasoned riders and I have only been riding about 14 months. Most of them are smaller and very lean.
Thanks for the feedback.
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You and I weight the same. Would love to be 175 myself.
The way to train on hills is to ride laps on them.
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