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    What to upgrade?

    I own a 2005 Giant AC and feel like upgrading it a bit. Is there anything that really needs an upgrade, or should I save up and replace the fork (as a lot of people find the entire stance line to be terrible)? I mainly use it for trail riding, with some downhill mixed in. As a result of this, I also want to gradually make it lighter to make the climbs a bit easier. Without further ado:

    frame 2005 ALUXX SL 6013 Aluminum with Travel Adjust 5.5/6.6
    fork Manitou Stance Blunt with FFD damping150mm
    rear shock Manitou MET3L RP (my LBS traded the stock one for it fairly cheap)
    headset 1 1/8th Ahead
    derailleur Front:Alivio
    Rear:SRAM X-7 9 speed
    crankset TruVativ Hussefelt ISIS splined 22/32T w/bashguard
    derailleurshifters SRAM X-7 18 speed trigger shifters
    cassette SRAM 11-34T 9 speed
    chain Shimano Deore 9 spd
    bottom bracket TruVativ Giga Pipe DHLT ISIS splined
    hubs Shimano M475 disc 36H
    rims Alex DP20 36H w/eyelets
    tyres Fr: Kenda Bluegroove 2.5 Stick-E | Rr: Kenda Nevagal 2.5 Stick-E 5
    brakes/levers Hayes Sole hydraulic w/6 rotors
    pedals Alloy Platform
    handlebar/stem Easton 31.8mm high rise bar/50mm stem
    seatpost Easton alloy 30.9
    saddle Giant freeride with 8mm rails

    The current things on my shopping list are ODI lock on grips and the Cane Creek Ergo Control II bar ends...

    Thanks in advance

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    Do you find the stance terrible?....thats what matters Honestly what do you feel is lacking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184


    headset 1 1/8th Ahead
    FSA Pig DH steering a Fox Vanilla 130
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    derailleur Front:Alivio
    SRAM X Generation
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    Rear:SRAM X-7 9 speed
    crankset TruVativ Hussefelt ISIS splined 22/32T w/bashguard
    E13 STS Chainguide
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    derailleurshifters SRAM X-7 18 speed trigger shifters
    cassette SRAM 11-34T 9 speed
    chain Shimano Deore 9 spd
    On a SRAM drive bike you've got a Shi*No chain? Tsk Tsk
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    bottom bracket TruVativ Giga Pipe DHLT ISIS splined
    Personal preference would dictate the TruVativ Giga Pipe Team DH ISIS splined
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    hubs Shimano M475 disc 36H
    Lots of room here
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    rims Alex DP20 36H w/eyelets
    and here
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    tyres Fr: Kenda Bluegroove 2.5 Stick-E | Rr: Kenda Nevagal 2.5 Stick-E 5
    Your call
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    brakes/levers Hayes Sole hydraulic w/6 rotors
    Could always go 8"
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    pedals Alloy Platform
    Step up to some Odyssey South Gates
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    The current things on my shopping list are ODI lock on grips and the Cane Creek Ergo Control II bar ends...
    Grips good Bar ends BAD. Bar ends have no place on a riser bar
    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184

    Thanks in advance
    You're welcome

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    Well the Stance Blunt isn't very easy to adjust, and I am worried by the claims of how easy it is to bend that happen every once in a while here...

    and also, Raiyn...

    "derailleurshifters SRAM X-7 18 speed trigger shifters
    cassette SRAM 11-34T 9 speed
    chain Shimano Deore 9 spd
    On a SRAM drive bike you've got a Shi*No chain? Tsk Tsk"

    Everything apart from the rear shock is stock as of now, so it isn't really my fault.

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    You asked. I told

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    Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Grips good Bar ends BAD. Bar ends have no place on a riser bar

    That's not what PWRDbyTRD and the other guy that posted on my previous topic about the bar ends thought - the pic TRD supplied of his own bike had a riser bar (from what I could see, the angle was a bit odd), and if the other guy's rockhopper was stock, so did it. Neither of them seem unhappy about using bar ends on a riser. Please substantiate your claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agrajag184
    Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Grips good Bar ends BAD. Bar ends have no place on a riser bar

    That's not what PWRDbyTRD and the other guy that posted on my previous topic about the bar ends thought - the pic TRD supplied of his own bike had a riser bar (from what I could see, the angle was a bit odd), and if the other guy's rockhopper was stock, so did it. Neither of them seem unhappy about using bar ends on a riser. Please substantiate your claim.
    Riser bars aren't designed to cope with the stresses produced by barends it adds to the leverage at the bends of the riser.
    This is another reason why carbon riser bars don't reinforce the ends of risers to allow barends to be mounted.
    That plus as you noted the angle is way off. If you want bar ends go flat bar especially with the intended use of this bike

    And for the luvapete Use this


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