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    Just want some suggestions for my bike

    I've got a 2003 Jamis Exile XC Reynolds steel hardtail. It has Deore all around, Avid SD3 v brakes, a thomson elite seatpost, selle san marco seat, manitou axel elite fork, truvativ fireX crankset, platform pedals, and avid handlebar. I want to change some stuff on it but dont know where to start. Anyone have some suggestions?
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    Get a lighter frame

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    Wheels, pedals, cranks, brakes.

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    What is your objective and your preferred style of riding.

    Making suggestions on lightening up your bike if you want to start dirt jumping doesn't make a lot of sense.

    Tell us what you want to do, so we can give you a more informed answer.
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    Why not just use it as is? When something breaks or gets worn out, upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
    Why not just use it as is? When something breaks or gets worn out, upgrade.
    I second this. If you're talking about normal stuff (derailleur, brake levers, etc.) just replace as they break. If you want to save weight, the first place that you can lose a lot of weight is by getting a new wheelset. This is obviously depending on what kind of wheelset you have and what style of riding you do.
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    i want to lighten it up to do some cross country and singletrack riding ( just typical mountain stuff, no huge jumps or anything). The frame isn't that heavy and I dont want to replace it because I really like the way it rides.

    I have a Mavic X139 Wheelset right now with WTB spokes
    My bike weighs about 26lbs right now
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    Yeah wheels and tires are the best way to save weight, not only are they one of the heaviest components on a bike, rotational weight loss means more than static weight loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chone
    Yeah wheels and tires are the best way to save weight, not only are they one of the heaviest components on a bike, rotational weight loss means more than static weight loss.
    I second this.


    A place where manufacturers include generic items that can be junk or heavy or both are the cassette, bottom bracket and the headset. I wouldn't upgrade the cassette or the headset for the sake of upgrading. However, the bottom bracket can weigh a ton compared to an upper level one. Plus, you can always keep it as a spare. That and you can usually find a good deal on a decent one.

    The FireEx cranks are decent, but you can shave some weight and get a stiffer crank with an upgrade in that area as well.

    You've got a Thomson seatpost. It don't get much better than that!
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